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Published on October 02, 2015

Hospice Giving Foundation awards $425,000 grant to Community Hospital’s Hospice of the Central Coast

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Hospice Giving FoundationMONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital Foundation is proud to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $425,000 from Hospice Giving Foundation. Since its inception in 1997, Hospice Giving Foundation has granted more than $22 million to local programs dedicated to strengthening and improving palliative, hospice, and other end-of-life services.

Community Hospital Foundation has received more than $15 million from Hospice Giving Foundation since 1997.

“Our foundation has made a real commitment to ensure that the best of end-of-life services are available throughout Monterey and San Benito counties. In addition, we take the greatest care to invest donor dollars wisely into this community, which is why we’re really proud to be able to support Community Hospital in the way that we do,” says Siobhan Greene, president and CEO of Hospice Giving Foundation.

“The ongoing support we receive from Hospice Giving Foundation helps us meet the needs of community members and their families,” says Andrea Fernandez, RN, director of Hospice of the Central Coast. “Evidence-based research shows that quality of life and life expectancy increase when people receive hospice support and care because they realize they can still participate in their life.”

In 2014, hospice care was provided to 365 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.

Funds from Hospice Giving Foundation will help support the wide-range of services provided by Hospice of the Central Coast, which 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.

For information about services of Hospice of the Central Coast, please call (831) 649-7750 or go 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 220 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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