Human Services

OPTIMAL HOSPICE FOUNDATION

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.optimalhospicefoundation.com

Mission

Optimal Hospice Foundation ensures hospice care & programs are available for all patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. Programs include hospice care funding for the uninsured & Kids Camp for children who have experienced the loss of a love one. The Foundation's geographic area includes the following counties in California: Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Los Angeles and Orange.

Ruling year info

1979

Director

Cherie Shoemake

Main address

1227 Chester Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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Formerly known as

Kern Hospice Services

EIN

95-3334909

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Hospice (P74)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to hospice care for people who have a life limiting illness who have limited or no insurance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kids Camp

The loss of a loved one touches each member of the family, including children. To help young people through their bereavement, Optimal Hospice Foundation created Kids Camp. This summer camp program is specially designed for young people ages 6 - 16 that have experienced the loss of an immediate family member in the recent past. At Kids Camp, young people enjoy traditional camping activities, such as swimming and hiking, in an atmosphere where both staff and fellow campers understand their special needs. The children find healing and peace through games, activities and common fellowship with each other.Kids Camp is currently held in the Bakersfield and Fresno areas and is open to all children in the community. The child's loved one did not have to be on hospice to attend camp.This innovative experience is available at no cost to families, thanks to generous support from the community. Camp participants may be referred by school counselors, healthcare providers, family members and other individuals.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$35,000

The Foundation is committed to providing education regarding the importance and value of hospice care to patients and families. Losing a loved one is never easy, unfortunately most people have no idea how hospice can help or when hospice would be appropriate. Community Outreach programs whether directly provided or funded by the Foundation provide the community the information they need to make an educated decision that is best for their situation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$20,000

The Foundation works closely with Optimal Hospice Care to ensure families have access to hospice care regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. When a patient is uninsured or their benefits have run out the Foundation pays Optimal Hospice Care a per day rate to help cover the cost of the patients care while on hospice. This ensures families are never turned away based on their insurance status. This program is provided for all of our locations - Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, Visalia, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton and Santa Clara.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$80,000

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Optimal Hospice Foundation commits its resources to ensure hospice care and other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness with particular emphasis on the underinsured or uninsured population.

We utilize our relationships with the community to raise awareness about hospice care and the programs provided by the Foundation.

The Foundation partners with the Community Education Department of Optimal Hospice Care.

Our indicators include an increase in the number of patients who use the Foundation to fund their hospice care as well as our expanding Kids Bereavement program.

We will be working to expand our involvement in our Bereavement Programs. In the past there years we have increased our Kids Camp attendance by adding a camp in Northern California and a one day camp for children 6-9. Our one day camp has allowed us to help kids that were to young to attend our overnight camps. In 2020 we will host 6 session of Kids Camp from Kern to San Joaquin Counties.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OPTIMAL HOSPICE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Denise Boshers

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Jesse Soto

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Kim VanDeVenter

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Keywords

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