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Published on December 04, 2013

Community Hospital receives Hospice Foundation grant of $400,000


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Hospice FoundationMONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital Foundation is proud to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $400,000 from Hospice Foundation. Since its inception in 1997, Hospice Foundation has granted more than $20 million to local programs dedicated to strengthening and improving palliative, hospice, and other end-of-life services.


Since 1997, Community Hospital Foundation has received nearly $15 million from Hospice Foundation.


“Annual grants from Hospice Foundation have made a critical difference in our ability to offer end-of-life care and support services to people facing difficult life transitions,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital Foundation, parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. “Hospice Foundation’s generous contribution gives terminally ill patients and their families access to compassionate care through Hospice of the Central Coast services in Monterey and San Benito counties.”


In 2012, hospice care was provided to 334 people in their homes, Community Hospital’s Westland House, and at other skilled nursing and residential care facilities. A team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and others addresses the patient’s and family’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs. The focus is on comfort care rather than curative treatment, honoring the patient’s choices for their final days, including how and where they will be cared for.


Hospice of the Central Coast services include nursing, support and education, transition from treatment to hospice care, and complementary therapies. Hospice staff is augmented by trained volunteers, who provide services including complementary therapies such as massage, pet therapy visits, transportation to and from medical appointments, and grief support.


The Hospice Foundation grant will also help support Community Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Service, which works to improve quality of life through management of the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. Community Hospital began a redesign of its palliative care services in 2012, to better meet the needs of people living with serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, with the initial focus on inpatient care.


For information about services of Hospice of the Central Coast, please call (831) 649-7750 or go online to





Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at


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