BRISTOL HOSPICE FOUNDATION of CA (formerly Optimal Hospice Foundation)

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.bristolhospicefoundationca.org

Mission

Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA is a non-profit organization established to commit its resources to activities which are intended to ensure hospice care & other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness with particular emphasis on the underinsured/uninsured.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Foundation was created in Bakersfield, CA in association with Kern Hospice in 1979. In July 2001 when Kern Hospice was acquired by Optimal Healthcare the existing 501(c)3 changed its name. In 2020 Optimal Hospice changed its name to mirror its new parent company Bristol Hospice. To reflect our continued partnership the Foundation name was officially changed in January 2021. From the beginning the Foundation funded hospice care for patients facing a life-limiting illness who are uninsured/under-insured. In the mid 1990's community education and bereavement support programs, such as Kids Camp were added.

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

Optimal Hospice Foundation

EIN

95-3334909

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. Provide grief support to children following the death of a loved one.

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, Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA 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
Children and youth

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

The Foundation works closely with Bristol Hospice 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 19 of our service areas in California.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Optimal Hospice Foundation is a non-profit organization established to commit its resources to activities which are intended to ensure hospice care and other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness with an emphasis on the underinsured or uninsured population. Programs include outreach & education, hospice care funding and bereavement support including an annual Kids Camp for children who have experienced the loss of a love one.

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.

We will be working to expand our involvement in our Bereavement Programs. We have increased our Kids Camp attendance by adding a camp in Northern California in 2015. In 2016 we saw the need to provide a program for children to young to attend our over night camp, so in 2017 the Foundation added a one day camp model for kids ages 5-9. We started with a single one day session for Kern County with much success. The one day model was added for Fresno area in 2019. The goal is to have a one day camp in NORCAL starting in 2021.As of 2020 the Foundation will host 6 sessions of camp from Kern to San Joaquin Counites - 4 overnight and 2 one day.

Financials

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Operations

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BRISTOL HOSPICE FOUNDATION of CA (formerly Optimal Hospice Foundation)

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Denise Boshers

Grade 6 Oil

Term: 2019 - 2022

Jim LaMar

Greenlawn Funeral Homes

Theresa Olson

Keller Williams Realty

Suzi Beaty

Fidelity National Home Warranty

Kris Simpson

Komoto Pharmacy

Cherie Payne

KCSOS

Michael Saltz

Employers Training Resource

Michelle Cooper

San Joaquin Valley Mortgage

Denise Boshers

Grade 6 Oil

Shanna LeViner

Pro Safety and Rescue, Inc.

Jesse Soto

Kern River Holdings

Kim VanDeVenter

Kern Medical

Shanna LeViner

Pro Safety & Rescue, Inc.

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 10/28/2020

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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

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data