Santa Barbara, CA, July 28, 2015 — Staff and board members from Santa Barbara’s two hospice organizations — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and Hospice of Santa Barbara – came together for a joint mixer Thursday, July 23, outside of HSB’s Alameda Padre Serra headquarters.
The crowd included board members and personnel who provide medical, emotional, social, spiritual and practical support from the two hospice organizations, which each plays a unique role in the community. VNHC follows a medical hospice model and focuses on relieving physical pain associated with end of life. HSB meanwhile is a volunteer hospice organization that focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of those impacted by serious illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
Lynda Tanner, VNHC President and CEO, and David Selberg, CEO of HSB, each thanked the crowd for the services they bring the community.
“In a recent coffee with Lynda Tanner, as our conversation flowed, I was so moved by the simple fact that our two organizations together do the real charity care in this community,” said Selberg. “This is care provided regardless of a person’s socio-economic status or ability to pay. Both our organizations do this through the donor dollar! This is quite unique and extraordinary in a community of this size.”
The two nonprofits regularly pass cases back and forth to each other in this continuum of care, making it seamless to the patient and their family. The two organizations are hoping this will be the first of many joint mixers.
About Hospice of Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit organization that “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to children and adults who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on area school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org. Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.
About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHC provides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, visit
www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.