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Adventist Health Expands Services on the Mendocino Coast to include Hospice


Adventist Health in Mendocino County is pleased to announce an expansion of its hospice services to include Fort Bragg and the coastal community. Expanding these much-needed services enables Medicare-benefit hospice patients access to essential services.

“I’m thrilled that these hospice services will be available to the community for the first time in 25 years,” said Junice Wilson, Home Health Administrative Director for Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. “Expanding our existing range of services out of Willits to the coast will provide continuity of care for both locations and will provide much-needed support to the community.”

Adventist Health Home Care Services cares for patients who have disability, chronic illness, acute illness or terminal illness, or who may be in recovery from major surgery or injury. Home care services available in Fort Bragg include home nurses, physical and occupational therapists, medical social workers and home health aides. Hospice services will also include a chaplain, a bereavement director and medical director.

“Expanding hospice care to the coast reflects our goal to provide compassionate healthcare locally,” said Judson Howe, president of Adventist Health North Coast Network. “We’re excited to be able to scale our services to best meet the healthcare needs of our coastal community residents.”

Hospice care focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. It is helpful when a disease, such as advanced cancer, gets to the point when treatment can no longer cure or control it.

“Formalizing and extending our hospice services to the Mendocino Coast further deepens our commitment to the community’s well-being,” said Judy Leach, administrator of Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. “We’re very grateful to be able to provide professional, compassionate home and hospice care locally to our neighbors, friends and loved ones. Extending access to care for our community is a crucial part of our work and we are so appreciative to be here to do so, in the place we call home.”

To learn more about Home Care and Hospice services through Adventist Health Mendocino Coast, please visit: or call (707) 961-4651.

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Adventist Health is a faith-inspired, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 34,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.