By Cynthia Wolff
Last week, we celebrated and recognized the legacy of Judy Alexander.
Judy moved to the town of Davis in 1992. Walking through town, she discovered a fledgling volunteer Yolo Hospice. Judy was asked by the board of directors to advance Yolo Hospice to become Medicare-certified and state-licensed.
This was an opportunity to create a hospice program with a heart. She brought her experience from previous jobs. She was well versed in the “federal regulations,” however, shaping a hospice to meet those regulations was a hefty challenge.
Aside from working to meet the regulatory requirements, Judy also supervised volunteers (patient care and bereavement). She admitted patients, and collaborated with physicians to “recommend” current state-of-the art pain and symptom management. In 1994, Yolo Hospice passed all surveys and became state-licensed and Medicare-certified.
As she revisits Yolo Hospice today, she is “filled with so many sweet memories of the people hired since 1994, and I feel blessed to have been a part of this incredible ride!”
Judy’s biography can be found on our website, www.yolohospice.org. Also on our website and on YouTube, you can find a video titled “It’s Your Choice” in which Judy speaks from the heart about what we do.
When I started to work in the hospice community in Sacramento, Judy Alexander was well known as the “hospice guru” and the “go-to” person with any problems or issues. She was generous with her time and sharing her vast experience. Judy had retired by the time I found my way to Yolo Hospice. However, I am constantly reminded of her legacy, how she put Yolo Hospice on the map and the pathway to continued success.
From the current cadre of hospice staff who follow in your footsteps, Judy, we are forever grateful for your contribution to our hospice community. Thank you!
Yolo Hospice also has received a $2,000 donation from the Woodland Street Cruisers. We are so appreciative of the community groups that donate to Yolo Hospice. They are an essential part of our commitment to provide service to our community. We are always available and welcome calls when questions arise about accessing community resources. We are your hospice!
— Cynthia Wolff, R.N., is director of access and outreach for Yolo Hospice. Her column is published monthly.