Opening Discussion Topic:
Although humans have been dying since Adam, it took a woman, Dame Cicely Saunders, in 1967, to open the first modern hospice in the UK; followed, in 1974, in Branford, CT; and, by Mission Hospice, in 1979, in San Mateo. Yet, it wasn’t until 1985, that the Medicare Hospice Benefit was made permanent. By 2005, there were over 4,000 hospice providers. By 2017, 1.49 M Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in hospice, for at least a day – 48.2% of those who died. By 2018, hospice was a $28B industry, with its growth driven by for-profits. And this year, a hospice component will be added to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model.
Our Featured Member Presenter, Dolores Gomez, CEO of Mission Hospice and Home Care, didn’t realize she was embarking on a turnaround journey when she joined Mission – and their partnership in California Hospice Network (CHN), in October 2019. With well-financed competitors, she now aims to bring electronic sophistication, the benefits of scale and greater efficiency into both organizations, so Mission and other nonprofit partners can compete more effectively.
During our Members’ Group Discussion we’ll look to hear how you’ve:
Dolores Gomez ironically began her “career” at Mission. While still in high school, Dolores volunteered at the Mission YMCA Street Camp program for under-privileged kids. Which she ended up running by the time she was in college. After graduating with her Master’s in Nursing Administration from UCLA, and many years in administration, she progressed up the ranks at Sutter Health Mills Peninsula, as Chief Nursing Executive and COO; then moved on to Vibra Healthcare, as the CCO; and was Director of Quality/RN Consultant at Stanford Health Care/University Healthcare Alliance, before responding to the Board’s call to be the CEO of Mission Hospice and Home Care.
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