By Kristina Berwyn-Shaw
As another year ends, San Diego Hospice reflects on, and expresses appreciation for, the support received from the community-at-large, particularly our elected officials.
The year began with the successful launch of the Veterans Matter program with a ceremony attended by military and veterans representatives, elected and community officials, family members, and San Diego Hospice staff, board members and supporters.
In April, former Mayor Jerry Sanders lead the dedication of our Donor Wall and Manpower Lobby. We also received acknowledgment from elected officials in support of San Diego Hospice fundraising events such as our Annual Melisa & Kaye’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run and our Annual Invitational Golf Tournament.
Members of San Diego Hospice’s Children’s Team, along with a patient advocate, were honored to attend the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) Legislative Advocacy Day on April 17 in Sacramento. The day was organized by CHPCC to recognize the progress made to date, thanks to the support of legislators and policy makers, as well as to update our elected officials about the life-affirming importance of pediatric palliative care. Additionally, San Diego Hospice participated in Hospice Action Network’s inaugural Hospice Advocacy Intensive training and Lobby Day in Washington DC.
Every November, hospices across the nation – including San Diego Hospice – celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year, we were honored that several elected officials highlighted San Diego Hospice’s contributions to the community, including San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who presented us with a proclamation during a Board of Supervisor meeting, and Councilmember Marti Emerald issued a National Hospice and Palliative Care Month proclamation, in which she recognized several area hospice programs including San Diego Hospice. Councilmember Emerald, a longtime vocal supporter of San Diego Hospice, noted that our organization provides much-needed, quality patient care to families during the most challenging time in their life.
In addition to these proclamations, Chairman Roberts, Councilmember Emerald and Councilmember Todd Gloria recorded messages of thanks and recognition to San Diego Hospice’s staff, volunteers and donors for their work in promoting quality of life at every stage of life. You can view the video here.
We are honored and thankful for the continuing support of our elected officials and hope that 2013 brings more opportunities for us to work together in raising awareness about important health care issues, especially in the field of a hospice and palliative care.
For more information about San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine’s Public Policy Committee, please visit its Public Policy webpage.