Pathways Receives $15,000 Grant from the Peninsula Health Care District

Pathways—A Bay Area not-for profit—is pleased to announce that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Peninsula Health Care District’s (PHCD) Community Grants Program. This grant will support Pathways’ mission to provide high-quality home health, hospice, private duty, and geriatric care management with kindness and respect, promoting comfort, independence, and dignity.

“The Peninsula Health Care District is proud to support local organizations that have made an impact on our community,” said District Board Chair Lawrence W. Cappel, Ph.D. “Our Community Grants Program supports health-focused organizations that bring much needed services to District residents. We are honored to support their important work, which helps us carry out our mission.”

Pathways has been serving the Bay Area nearly 40 years with innovative options for specialized health care at home. We have earned a sterling reputation for promoting the well-being of our patients with a comprehensive approach to maintaining independence and dignity. Pathways Home Health and Hospice programs are Joint Commission accredited—a rigorous process conducted every three years to ensure adherence to the strictest standards.

At the eighth annual Community Partners Awards Ceremony on January 28, 2016, PHCD awarded the 2016 grants to local organizations. In addition, each organization had an opportunity to recognize a key volunteer who helps support their mission and makes a significant contribution to the community. Pathways recognized Sherry Rayner—a 20-year Pathways Hospice volunteer—who was also honored as a Volunteer of the Year by the District.

“Sherry has served on our Kids Team for ten years. She is the epitome of the highly trained, compassionate hospice volunteers who donate their time to provide the human touch and emotional support needed by families facing the imminent loss of a young family member,” said Pathways Foundation President Sandra Coolidge. “Sherry also created the Bear Hugs from Pathways program which provides a warm, cuddly teddy bear to be a confidant and pal who accompanies patients on their journey, available for a comforting hug whenever needed.” Coolidge acknowledged the PHCD for its generous support, and said of Rayner, “I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition.”

Every year, PHCD awards grants to local organizations that address local health priorities and help carry out the vision of the District: that all residents enjoy optimal health through education, prevention, and access to needed health care services. Community Grant recipients are chosen based on a review of local health care needs and the evolving priorities of District communities. In 2016, Pathways is one of 29 local organizations to receive a grant from PHCD, a community investment of $1.9 million. Since 1996, PHCD has invested more than $30 million to local organizations through the Community Grants Program.

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About Pathways
Pathways is a Bay Area not-for-profit founded in 1977, pioneering home health, hospice, private duty home care, palliative care, and geriatric care management. With offices in Sunnyvale, South San Francisco, and Oakland, Pathways family of services reaches more than 5,000 families annually in five Bay Area counties. Pathways cares for patients wherever they live—at home, in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living communities.
Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways Home Health has been a HomeCare Elite Top Home Health Agencies award winner for the past four years. Pathways Private Duty has been a Home Care Pulse Best of Home Care Provider of Choice award winner for the past two years.
For more information about Pathways, or to donate, call 888-755-7855 or visit www.pathwayshealth.org.

About the Peninsula Health Care District
Created by state legislation and launched by local voter approval in 1947, the Peninsula Health Care District serves the communities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, and Foster City by responding to local priorities and allocating resources to programs and services that address these needs. For more information, visit www.peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org.