Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Awarded 4 Stars for Quality of Patient Care

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Awarded 4 Stars for Quality of Patient Care

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source: VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE CARE

Santa Barbara, CA, August 21, 2015 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have awarded Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (VNHC) a four-star rating for top performance.

The ranking is part of the new CMS Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings within its Home Health Compare database, a service on the Medicare.gov website that helps consumers make informed choices about where to seek care.

Nationally, 9,359 home health agencies met the criteria to receive a rating, of which 26.3 percent received four or more stars.

VNHC is among 42 other Visiting Nurse Associations of America member organizations who received top performance ratings. See the list here: http://www.vnaa.org/article_content.asp?article=734

About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHCprovides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse& Hospice Care, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.

Contact

Chris Davis/Hannah Rael (805) 687-3322

http://www.independent.com/pr/2015/aug/25/visiting-nurse-hospice-care-awarded-4-stars-qualit/

People’s Self-Help Housing: PSHH Breaks Ground on $18M Housing Rehabilitation Project

People’s Self-Help Housing: PSHH Breaks Ground on $18M Housing Rehabilitation Project

source: PEOPLE’S SELF-HELP HOUSING

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Goleta, Aug. 24, 2015 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing broke ground Wednesday, Aug. 19, on their $18 million renovation project at Villa la Esperanza Apartments, 131 S. Kellogg Ave., Goleta. Upon completion, 83 units will have been beautifully restored and a new community room constructed in Old Town Goleta. The project budget allocates $12 million for rehabilitation work and $6 million for new construction, design and engineering costs, and other fees.

The public, Villa la Esperanza residents, elected officials and supporters attended the groundbreaking ceremony announcing the major rehabilitation project at Villa la Esperanza Apartments.

Villa la Esperanza was originally constructed in 1971 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 236 Program and was owned and operated by the Goleta Valley Housing Committee (GVHC) — a single-asset non-profit — prior to PSHH assuming management and ownership. The Aug. 19 ceremony will recognize the original sponsors and members of the Goleta Valley Housing Committee who were responsible for the construction of the complex, as well as the final members of the committee at the time of the transfer in 2014.

The property currently consists of 75 units, including eight five-bedroom units that were underutilized and don’t meet current needs. As part of the major rehabilitation project, PSHH will convert seven of the five-bedroom units to smaller apartments, increasing the total number of units to 83. PSHH will also be constructing a new 5,000 square foot, two-story community building that will include a Youth Learning Center, community room, community kitchen, laundry facilities, two tot lots, playground and barbecue area. It will additionally feature office space for a manager, assistant manager and resident services coordinator.

New energy and water saving features will also be installed, included synthetic turf, water conserving hardscape and landscaping, state-of-the-art “smart” water controls, new drip irrigation system, and replacement of external lighting with energy-saving LED fixtures.

Speakers included Vito Gioiello, Board Member of Goleta Valley Housing Committee as well as Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, who described the 40-year history of the project and recognized the various churches and nonprofit organizations involved:

Original sponsors and members of Goleta Valley Housing Committee:
Christ Lutheran Church*
Goleta Presbyterian Church*
University United Methodist Church of Goleta
(Formerly University Methodist Church)
Cambridge Drive Community Church*
(Formerly First Baptist Church of Goleta)
Catholic Charities*
(Formerly Catholic Welfare Bureau)
Goleta Neighborhood Association

  • Final members of Goleta Valley Housing Committee at time of the transfer to PSHH.

PSHH President/CEO John Fowler discussed the rehabilitation project and how the donation of the Villa la Esperanza property will be leveraged through creative financing and tax credits investments to generate funding opportunities for the development of 250+ additional affordable housing units in the greater Santa Barbara area.

Other speakers included U.S. Congress member Lois Capps, Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte, District Representative Liora Goodman from the Office of State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, District Supervisor Assistant Hilary Campbell from the Office of Santa Barbara County 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf, Paula Johnson on behalf of the Goleta Valley Housing Committee and Villa la Esperanza residents.

Partners include RMM Design Group Architects, Robert Fowler Landscape Architect, and Stantec Inc. Civil Engineers, as well as tax credit equity investor Merritt Community Capital Corporation and construction and permanent lender CITI Community Capital. Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Kristen Miller and her staff assisted with the official ribbon cutting.
About PSHH

Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and 1,600 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email [email protected] or phone (805) 781-3088 or 699-7220.
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Contact

SurfMedia Communications: Angel Pacheco/Chris Davis 805-687-3322

 

http://www.independent.com/pr/2015/aug/25/pshh-breaks-ground-18m-housing-rehabilitation-proj/

 

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Launches Gold Ribbon Awareness and Fundraising Campaign Sept. 1

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Launches Gold Ribbon Awareness and Fundraising Campaign Sept. 1

POSTED ON 08.25.2015 2:28 P.M.

SOURCE: FLANNERY HILL FOR THE TEDDY BEAR CANCER FOUNDATION

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) announces its third annual month-long pediatric cancer awareness and fundraising effort, the Gold Ribbon Campaign, in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

TBCF is the only nonprofit of its kind which provides both financial and emotional support to Tri-County families facing childhood cancer.

“At Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, we provide a variety of support programs to families of youth up to age 21 with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties,” said Lindsey Leonard, TBCF executive director. “This September, we hope our community will join us in raising awareness and supporting local families during a difficult time.”

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign will launch Sept. 1 with a photo day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Paseo Nuevo Mall and culminate Oct. 1 with a Gold Ribbon Luncheon at the Biltmore.

The Luncheon will honor long-time supporter Dennis Miller with the organization’s Heart of Gold Award for his generous support to the organization.

The Campaign goal is to generate awareness about pediatric cancer and how it affects families, bring attention to the critical role TBCF plays in supporting Tri-County families that have a child experiencing cancer, raise $250,000 to support TBCF’s emotional and financial support programs and provide networks for youth with cancer and their families.

The gold ribbon is the universal symbol to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. The color was selected in 1997 by a group of parents dedicated to mobilizing support for the cause because it represents a precious metal and our children our precious.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is giving free gold pins to anyone in the community who wants to pledge their support by wearing one during the month of September.

Contact Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation at 805.962.7466 to have one mailed to you or to pick one up.

TBCF’s emotional and financial support programs are designed to offer wrap-around assistance to families from initial diagnosis, during treatment and into recovery.

Financial support programs help families cover basic needs, including hospital stays, rent or mortgage payments, hotel accommodations, counseling, tutoring and childcare. When needed, TBCF assists families with funeral arrangements.

Emotional support programs include family support groups, bereavement support groups, special experiences or “Moments in Time,” and a weekly “Storytellers” program, where volunteers read to children at Cottage Hospital.

In 2014, TBCF supported 649 individuals and to-date has granted $1,300,000 of financial assistance.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank 2015 Annual Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Earl & Claudia Minnis and Family; Ambassador Bear Sponsor, The Carrie Hamilton Fund, established by Jeff & Margo Barbakow.

Visionary Bear Sponsors include: Alamar Capital Management, Jim Bechtel; Avalan Wealth Management; Thomas & Nancy S. Crawford; and Keith Berry Real Estate.

Additionally, TBCF is grateful for the support of numerous other Annual Sponsors, including The Bank of Santa Barbara; Julia Delgado, MD General Pediatrics; Cox Communications; Heritage Oaks Bank; MarBorg Industries; Bill and Kathy Borgers; Larame and Nikki Greene; and Wells Fargo.

2015 Gold Ribbon Campaign Sponsors include Gold Sponsor, Aera Energy LLC; Silver Sponsor, Venoco, Inc.; and Bronze Sponsors, Carolyn Crockett Bell; Fielding Graduate University; Paloma Angel; Roberts Design Group Architecture + Interiors and Maryan Schall.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

 

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/teddy_bear_cancer_foundation_launches_gold_ribbon_awareness_and_fundraising

 

 

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Receives Four-Star Performance Rating

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Receives Four-Star Performance Rating

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POSTED ON 08.24.2015 4:00 P.M.

SOURCE: HANNAH RAEL FOR VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE CARE

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have awarded Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care a four-star rating for top performance.

The ranking is part of the new CMS Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings within its Home Health Compare database, a service on the Medicare.gov website that helps consumers make informed choices about where to seek care.

Nationally, 9,359 home health agencies met the criteria to receive a rating, of which 26.3 percent received four or more stars.

VNHC, which has served the comprehensive home health and hospice services on the Central Coast since 1908, is among 42 other Visiting Nurse Associations of America member organizations who received top performance ratings.

See the list here.

— Hannah Rael is a publicist representing Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.

 

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/visiting_nurse_and_hospice_care_receives_four_star_performance_rating

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