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The Elizabeth Hospice Receives Grant from Las Patronas for New Children’s Bereavement Center

Special Activity Room Will Serve Children Grieving the Death of a Loved One

The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit healthcare leader serving San Diego County and the Inland Empire, is proud to be the recipient of a $10,660 grant from Las Patronas to fund the construction of an innovative activity room where children can express powerful emotions as they process their grief.

“Caring for our community’s children is a key element of our mission,”

said Jan Jones, President and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice.

“One in five children will experience the death of someone close to them before they reach the age of 18. Without support, grieving children are at higher than normal risk for problems in school, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.”

The Elizabeth Hospice is the community’s leading provider of children’s bereavement services. In January 2018, it expanded its offering to include a Children’s Bereavement Center in Escondido. The Center is a safe, non-judgmental place where children and teens participate in peer-support groups. They honor and memorialize their loved one, learn they are not alone, build a toolbox of coping skills, and have fun while working through their grief.

Las Patronas, a fundraising and granting organization, is committed to providing financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. “Las Patronas is known for its extensive research and thorough process that ensures grant recipients are financially sound and have critical capital needs,” said Jean Loo-Russo, Chief Philanthropy Officer for The Elizabeth Hospice. “We are honored to merit their investment in our Children’s Bereavement Center.”

Funds from Las Patronas will be used to build a Volcano Room in the Center. This “big energy” room will have padded walls and floors and be equipped with pillows, soft blocks, large stuffed animals, pillow jousts, and soft balls.

“The Volcano Room allows children to play in big and loud ways,”

said Melissa Lunardini, Children’s Bereavement Manager.

“As they grieve, children need a safe place to express powerful emotions and thoughts such as anger, fear and frustration. Through play, they learn that their feelings are valid and ‘not bad.”

The Children’s Bereavement Program is open to all children, ages 3 to 17, in San Diego County and the Inland Empire, including families who do not have an affiliation with The Elizabeth Hospice. There is no cost to attend. Interested families can email melissa.lunardini@ehospice.org or call 800-797-2050. Donations can be made online at elizabethhospice.org/donate.


PHOTO: Prototype of Volcano Room funded by Las Patronas. This special activity room will be added to the Children’s Bereavement Center at The Elizabeth Hospice facility in Escondido.
Photo credits: Eckert & Eckert Photography

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About The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit healthcare leader for 40 years, has been providing comfort and counsel to children and adults who are facing life’s most difficult challenge and restoring hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 97,000 people in the communities it serves by providing medical, emotional and spiritual support, regardless of patient affiliation or ability to pay. The organization’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve. To learn more, call 800-797-2050 or visit www.elizabethhospice.org.

Jan Jones, CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice Receives 2018 SDBJ Healthcare Heroes Award

San Diego County, CA –March 28, 2018 — Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice was awarded the 2018 San Diego Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in the Executive-Service Provider category.

The annual SDBJ Healthcare Heroes Awards honors individuals within the San Diego community who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the rapidly changing health care industry.

Jan Jones is the current chairwoman of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Jan works to educate patients and promote professional excellence on a local and national level. Under Jan’s leadership, The Elizabeth Hospice along with Palomar Health and Lightbridge Medical Associates established a palliative care inpatient program at Palomar. Other collaborative enterprises include a program that teaches UC San Diego medical students and geriatric fellows to address patient’s needs when receiving hospice care. The Elizabeth Hospice also partners with Rady Children’s Hospital to treat infants and children in their home while receiving end-of-life care. The Elizabeth Hospice also helped Scripps Health transfer hospice patients when Scripps chose to close its hospice in Hillcrest.

“Jan is an invaluable asset to The Elizabeth Hospice. She is excellent at identifying unaddressed needs for those coping with serious illness and finding solutions that enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve. Jan is a consummate hospice professional and leader.”

said Robert Hemker, The Elizabeth Hospice Board of Directors Chairman.

In her role as president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice, Jan leads the oldest and largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in San Diego County, with a workforce of 350 employees and 400 active volunteers. She is the liaison between the organization and the community and enjoys developing relationships with colleagues and residents throughout the region.

About The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice (http://elizabethhospice.org) is the region’s most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families in the communities we serve, regardless of their ability to pay, and providing specialty services such as Veterans Outreach, Palliative Care, Pediatric and Perinatal Hospice Care and counseling and grief support for all ages, regardless of the type of illness or death experienced. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org

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The Elizabeth Hospice Earns Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission

San Diego County, CA –March 26, 2018—The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies and accredits healthcare institutions across the United States, has awarded its Gold Seal of Approval® to The Elizabeth Hospice. The Elizabeth Hospice received Joint Commission Accreditation “deemed status” which demonstrates that The Elizabeth Hospice exceeds Medicare and Medicaid requirements, and has met the higher quality standards set forth by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is a recognizable symbol that shows a commitment to quality and dedication to excellence.

“The Elizabeth Hospice was evaluated against a set of national standards by a team of Joint Commission surveyors experienced in hospice services,”

said Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and I am proud of our organization for undertaking this challenge to execute the highest standard of care. We have achieved a symbol of quality that reflects our dedication to provide quality health care for every patient.”

More than 1,400 hospice programs out of 4,000 in the United States currently maintain accreditation by The Joint Commission with approximately 1,000 receiving deemed status. The Joint Commission’s hospice standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, hospice providers and researchers, as well as industry experts and consumers. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

“Joint Commission accredited hospices demonstrate their deep abiding commitment to quality end-of-life care,”

said Margherita Labson, RN, MS, executive director, Home Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.

“We commend The Elizabeth Hospice for achieving this accreditation to inspire the highest level of care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the hospice setting.”

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice (http://elizabethhospice.org) is the region’s most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families in the communities we serve, regardless of their ability to pay, and providing specialty services such as Veterans Outreach, Palliative Care, Pediatric and Perinatal Hospice Care and counseling and grief support for all ages, regardless of the type of illness or death experienced. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org

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Enrollment Now Open for 2018 Camp Erin ® San Diego

Unique Summer Camp for Grieving Children and Teens Hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice in Partnership with The Moyer Foundation

SAN DIEGO, CA – February 19, 2018 – San Diego youth coping with loss can find support and comfort at Camp Erin San Diego, an overnight weekend camp at no charge, hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. This weekend summer camp, for youth ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them, combines traditional camp activities with grief support and education.

Camp will be held July 27-29, 2018 in Forest Falls, CA. Forest Falls is located in the mountains above San Bernardino Valley. Transportation is provided. Interested campers and volunteers can apply at https://elizabethhospice.org/services/counseling/camp-erin-san-diego . More information is available by emailing camperin@ehospice.org or calling (800) 797-2050.

“Camp Erin let me know that it’s OK to not be OK. That crying is OK and talking about my loved one isn’t bad. Camp Erin helped me realize that I can still have fun and be happy.” –
12-year-old girl

“At Camp Erin San Diego, children and teens honor and memorialize their loved one, meet friends who are facing similar circumstances, build coping skills, and have fun,” said Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice.

The Elizabeth Hospice offers the most comprehensive children’s bereavement program in San Diego and Riverside Counties. In addition to Camp Erin San Diego, the program includes: peer grief support groups for children 3 to 17 years old, on-site grief support groups in 16 school districts, as well as grief education, training and resources for school professionals. These bereavement services are offered at no charge and are open to everyone in the community, including families who do not have a patient affiliation with The Elizabeth Hospice. One-on-one counseling for bereaved children is also available.

Camp Erin San Diego is part of the largest national network of bereavement camps in the country, which was created and is supported in part by The Moyer Foundation.

About The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice is the region’s most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families in the communities we serve, regardless of their ability to pay, and providing specialty services such as Veterans Outreach, Palliative Care, Pediatric and Perinatal Hospice Care and counseling and grief support for all ages regardless of the type of illness or death experienced. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org

About The Moyer Foundation

The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Founded in 2000 by MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, The Moyer Foundation supports thousands of children and families each year through its free signature programs and services. Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens grieving the death of someone significant in their lives and Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center extends the Foundation’s continuum of care by providing a curated set of online resources with personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit www.moyerfoundation.org

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Workshop: Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice is offering a three-part series workshop, Coping with Grief During the Holidays, November 9, 16, and 23 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at The Elizabeth Hospice’s San Diego office located in the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station: 2820 Roosevelt Rd, Suite 200 San Diego 92106.

Holidays are filled with many precious memories. This time of year can also be challenging following the loss of a loved one. Learn a variety of tools for coping with grief during this holiday season.

Adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one are welcome to attend. The workshop fee is $30 per person for this three-part series. Attendance at all three sessions is strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Registration is requested by November 4. For more information or to register, please call (760) 796-3757 or email cccevent@ehospice.org

Fall Conference and Webcast on Children’s Grief

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice will host a national webcast on children’s grief presented by the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) on November 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at The Elizabeth Hospice located at 500 La Terraza, Suite 130 Escondido 92025.

In honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day, the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice is proud to host the local viewing of a national webcast on children’s grief. Presented by the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), this first-time educational event will feature nationally recognized leaders in the field of childhood bereavement. The webcast is geared towards professionals in the fields of funeral services, hospice care, health care, education, mental health, child welfare, and bereavement support.

The fee is $30. Lunch is provided. CEUs are available for $25. Seating is limited. For more information and to register, please call (619) 294-8000 or Melissa.Lunardini@ehospice.org by November 10.

The Center for Compassionate Care also invites families that have experienced the death of someone close to them to Family Night on November 19 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gallery 17@Barracks 17 located at 2710 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 92106. To RSVP or for more information, please call (800) 797-2050 or email cccevent@ehospice.org

Family Ties: A Family Night in Honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice invites families who have experienced the loss of a loved one to attend a family night on Thursday, November 19 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station Gallery 17 Event Space located at 2710 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 92106.

Please join other families at “Family Ties: A family event in honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day.” This unique family event will feature activities, education and an opportunity to connect with other families in the San Diego area. Resources will be provided to aid in one’s journey.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required. Light desserts will be provided. For more information and to register, please call (760) 796-3721 or email cccevent@ehospice.org

The Elizabeth Hospice Offers Volunteer Training

The Elizabeth Hospice will host a three-day volunteer training for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer November 17, 18, 19 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at The Elizabeth Hospice administrative building located at 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 130, Escondido. Volunteer training is free and open to the public. Must attend all three days. Volunteers that can assist with complementary therapies such as pet therapy, aromatherapy, music support, Reiki, as well as, licensed massage therapists are greatly needed. Spanish speaking volunteers and veterans are also needed. The Elizabeth Hospice serves communities in San Diego County and Inland Empire.

Professional staff at The Elizabeth Hospice teach the comprehensive training classes, addressing issues such as the volunteer role in hospice care, working with non-verbal patients, cultural diversity, complementary therapies, and active listening. Graduates of this volunteer training will serve hospice patients and their family members that live in the graduate’s community.

To ensure a place in the volunteer training, please contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 by November 10.

The Elizabeth Hospice Offers Child and Teen Grief Support Group in San Diego

The Elizabeth Hospice offers a grief support group for children and teens between the ages of 8 and 18 in partnership with the UPACC and ACE Program Center located at 5348 University Ave., Suite F202 San Diego, CA 92105. The support group meets the first and third Monday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

According to the National Alliance for Grieving Children, each year there are 1.5 million grieving children and teens in the United States. The Elizabeth Hospice has implemented a nationally recognized childhood bereavement model in San Diego. This comprehensive model is designed to help children and teens decrease their sense of isolation, increase coping skills, encourage connection among their peers and provide education on grief and loss.

For more information about this new support group, please contact Melissa Lunardini at (619) 294-8000 or email Melissa.Lunardini@ehsopice.org

Grief Support Group in Spanish

The Elizabeth Hospice is offering a drop-in grief support group to the Latino community every first and third Monday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in partnership with the UPACC and ACE Program Center located at 5348 University Ave., Suite F202 San Diego, CA 92105.

Bilingual bereavement peer counselors will provide resources to help adults who have lost someone close, adjust to their loss, while honoring their memories. The support group will consist of grief and loss education, sharing of individual experiences, group support and encouragement. No cost.

For more information please call (619) 708-4220 (after 5pm- 1-800-223-9458) to speak with peer counselor, Bevelynn Bravo.