Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Con­tin­ues To De­liver On Its Mis­sion

Riverbank News - - WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2017 -

Help­ing fam­i­lies cope with the last months, weeks or days of a loved one’s life takes a spe­cial type of per­son – and those that an­swer the call of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice work can be put into that cat­e­gory.

C. DeSha McLeod is one of those peo­ple. Here, in a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, we learn more about this CEO and what her cho­sen ca­reer means to her.

Q: First, how did you get in­volved with Com­mu­nity Hos­pice and how long have you been part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion?

A: A lit­tle over four years ago while re­sid­ing in Mis­sis­sippi, I was con­tacted by a re­cruiter and was asked to en­ter­tain the open Pres­i­dent/ CEO po­si­tion at Com­mu­nity Hos­pice. Liv­ing in Mis­sis­sippi at the time and hav­ing high school chil­dren my im­me­di­ate re­sponse was that it would not be a good fit. The re­cruiter con­tin­ued to be per­sis­tent as they felt I would be a good fit for the po­si­tion and per­suaded me to make the trip out to Cal­i­for­nia to learn more about the op­por­tu­nity and or­ga­ni­za­tion. It was dur­ing that trip that I felt a call­ing to Com­mu­nity Hos­pice. I went back to Mis­sis­sippi, spoke with my fam­ily and with their en­cour­age­ment and sup­port I ac­cepted the po­si­tion. I moved to Modesto and joined the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice fam­ily in 2013 and have very much en­joyed mak­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion and com­mu­nity my home.

Can you pro­vide a brief de­scrip­tion of your po­si­tion and the du­ties that go along with it?

As the Pres­i­dent/CEO I am re­spon­si­ble to the Board of Di­rec­tors for the man­age­ment of all as­pects of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, CHI Man­age­ment, Inc., and Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Foun­da­tion in­clud­ing the author­ity of se­lec­tion, re­moval and su­per­vi­sion of all em­ploy­ees of the or­ga­ni­za­tions. I am also re­spon­si­ble for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of agency poli­cies con­sis­tent with the pur­pose, goals, and ob­jec­tives es­tab­lished by the Board of Di­rec­tors and the reg­u­la­tions of li­cens­ing agen­cies. I es­tab­lish, im­ple­ment, and eval­u­ate our or­ga­ni­za­tion’s goals and ob­jec­tives for our pro­grams and

ser­vices that meet and pro­mote the stan­dards of qual­ity and con­trib­ute to the to­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion and phi­los­o­phy. Is this a staff or vol­un­teer po­si­tion? The Pres­i­dent/CEO po­si­tion is a staff po­si­tion. What is your ed­u­ca­tional/ work back­ground?

BS in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Wil­liam Carey Uni­ver­sity, Hat­ties­burg MS (2001)

MBA in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Wil­liam Carey Uni­ver­sity, Hat­ties­burg MS (2003)

Cer­ti­fied Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion, by the Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Cre­den­tial­ing Cen­ter (2017)

Prior to join­ing the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice fam­ily I was the Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer for the Hos­pice Divi­sion of Camel­lia Health­care based in Hat­ties­burg, MS.

Of the dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity-based events that Hos­pice hosts, is there one that is your fa­vorite?

Be­sides our hos­pice ser­vices that we of­fer the com­mu­nity, Camp Erin of the Cen­tral Val­ley is one of my fa­vorite pro­grams. Chil­dren can be mis­un­der­stood and of­ten over­looked when it comes to the death loss of some­one close to them. Camp Erin of the Cen­tral Val­ley of­fers chil­dren and teens a unique op­por­tu­nity to bond with peers that are go­ing through sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions and pro­vides re­sources and needed tools to help them along their grief jour­ney. I am hon­ored to be able to walk along­side many of them pro­vid­ing a lis­ten­ing ear and a hopeful heart. It is en­cour­ag­ing to know that our pro­gram can help change the lives of many chil­dren and teens in our com­mu­nity and

I am ex­tremely proud of that.

Can you quan­tify the value that Com­mu­nity Hos­pice brings to the re­gion?

As the old­est and largest non­profit hos­pice provider in the Cen­tral Val­ley, Com­mu­nity Hos­pice has walked along­side and as­sisted thou­sands of friends and neigh­bors in our com­mu­nity for nearly 40 years. Founded by two vol­un­teers who had a vi­sion of pro­vid­ing com­fort care to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients when cu­ra­tive mea­sures were ex­hausted, Com­mu­nity Hos­pice has evolved from where it be­gan in 1979. Our mis­sion is to pro­vide com­pas­sion­ate and qual­ity care, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, re­gard­less of abil­ity to pay. Ser­vices go be­yond hos­pice sup­port of­fer­ing grief sup­port ser­vices to any­one in the com­mu­nity that has ex­pe­ri­enced a death loss. We be­lieve no one has to walk their jour­ney alone and are hon­ored many com­mu­nity res­i­dents turn to us in their time of need.

If some­one needs your ser­vices, how do they go about get­ting in touch with the or­ga­ni­za­tion?

For in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Com­mu­nity Hos­pice pro­grams and ser­vices, com­mu­nity res­i­dents can call our main num­ber at (209) 5786300 or visit hos­pice­heart.org. To make a re­fer­ral for hos­pice sup­port, res­i­dents and physi­cians may call the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Care Ser­vices De­part­ment di­rectly at (209)578-6340. What do you en­joy most about what you do?

Ev­ery day I have the priv­i­lege of work­ing with in­cred­i­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. Be­ing a part of the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice fam­ily is a gift that I am thank­ful for daily. I have the rare honor of work­ing along­side tal­ented and kind hearted staff that are mis­sion driven to make a dif­fer­ence for our com­mu­nity friends and neigh­bors. Com­mu­nity Hos­pice al­lows me the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers.

C. DESHA MCLEOD

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