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Hospice Foundation

Join us for a FREE Special Event with Hospice and Pallative International Medical Expert Dr. Ira Byock. Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 6:30 pm LJ Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291 (for further information click here)

It turns out that we have a lot to learn from people who are dying. While we are right to pursue happiness, even when we succeed, it ends up being transient. The fact of death teaches us a lot about living – if we let it. One important lesson involves ways mending even our most troubled relationships and nurturing our cherished connections to the people we love. Through stories drawn from years of clinical practice, as well as his personal life, Dr. Byock illuminates how four simple statements – Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. – can transform relationships and lives.

The Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 organization with a 17-member board of directors comprised of community volunteers. Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation is an independent non-profit fundraising organization and exists to support Kaweah Health’s Hospice program including thethe Ruth Wood Open Arms House.

The Kaweah Health Hospice Department provides a special way of caring for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness by offering comfort, kindness, and choices to people who are nearing the end of their life. Hospice care encompasses the patient’s family and offers ongoing bereavement support. hospice treats the whole person and his or her family, not just the disease. Hospice’s interdisciplinary team addresses the medical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Our staff works with patients to make their own decisions about how and where they choose to live their life to its fullest. The staff helps hospice patients maintain their sense of control over their lives and helps them to preserve their dignity.

We provide hospice services to adults and to pediatric patients with all types of life-threatening diseases. Kaweah Health Hospice offers hospice services to ALL patients regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice services are reimbursed by public and private insurance carriers, as well as, donations and grants to the Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation from patients, their families, organizations and members of the community.

For more information about the Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation, please call (559) 624-2359

To contact Kaweah Health Hospice Department directly, please call (559) 733-0642

Hospice Board Of Directors:
Michelle Ducey, President
Barbara Mayeda, Vice President
Paul Verissimo, Treasurer
Lydia Gargan, Treasurer
Members: Merrilyn Brady, Kelly Cooper, Mary Ferrara, Susan Harrell, Dr. Jerry Jacobsen, Jim Johnson, Bill Mathis, Margaret Moholt, Carol Nickel, Nancy Reimer-Wood, Pam Rutter, Tina Tetz, Paul Verissimo, Robert Urtecho, David Zarate


By Mail:

Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation
216 S. Johnson St.
Visalia, CA 93291

Memorial Gifts
(599) 624-2359