Film examines tough end-of-life care decisions

May 20, 2017

“Extremis,” a documentary examining the difficult decisions that have to be made by patients, family members and physicians during end-of-life care, is being screened by Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care on Tuesday, June 6. The 24-minute Academy Award-nominated film begins at 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A with experts in the field.

The screening is outdoors at Kalyra Winery, 343 Refugio Road in Santa Ynez.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and are welcome to bring nonalcoholic refreshments. Admission and parking are free. Registration is required.

For more information, call 690-6218. To register, visit

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Honors DASH

POSTED ON MAY 30, 2017 | 9:00 A.M.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Honors DASH

Following a longstanding annual tradition of collaboration, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has recognized DASH as this year’s Community Partners in Excellence. Each year VNHC staff and Board of Directors nominate partners in the community who work with VNHC to provide high-quality patient care and excellence. Since the inception of DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home) in 2012 (now DASH Medical), there are more than 2,000 Santa Barbara residents who’ve been enrolled in the program; more than 1,200 are currently active with DASH.

Through the years, (VNHC) has enjoyed an exceptionally positive working relationship with the DASH team. The spirit of collaboration between the organizations has included referrals to and from intermittent home care, timely transfers from DASH care to hospice care and vice versa, and strong connections to other community resources that benefited the patient and their family. The relationship helps patients receive timely needed services like lab testing, physical therapy, home safety assessments and other visiting nurse services quickly and efficiently.

Over the past five years, DASH has been able increase their breadth and depth of service. Originally designed to serve persons aged 60 and above, DASH now serves adults aged 18 and over who live in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area — either in their own home or in a housing community or in Assisted Living Facilities. They provide same day medical care to adults in their own homes or care settings. By offering prompt medical attention to people who are too ill to wait for an office appointment or too weak to get there, DASH helps them avoid unnecessary hospital stays and trips to the emergency room.

Patients are encouraged to sign-up with DASH before a health crisis arises. Participation in DASH has cut the number of ER visits and hospitalizations by nearly 40 percent for those enrolled in their program. The enrollment process involves a home visit from a DASH nurse to learn about the person’s health history and screen for common problems. Also discussed is what kind of medical treatment the patient would like, discussion and assistance with completing a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form and review of Advance Health Care Directives. Often, referrals are made to appropriate community resources. DASH provides same day in-home (or facility) visits for calls received by noon that day.

Nurses and doctors carry several dozen common medications so they can get patients started on treatment right on the spot. Communication of the visit is sent to the enrollee’s primary care physician (PCP) within 24 hours of each DASH visit, keeping the person’s regular doctor up-to-date on new health issues and any treatments provided. Other growth accomplishments include establishing a partnership with the St. Francis Foundation, a 501 c(3), so DASH can accept tax-deductible donations to help the organization continue to provide services to low-income Santa Barbara residents without any monthly membership fee.

The nurses and doctors of DASH have made more than 6,000 home visits, many of them to VNHC patients. Always included as essential to all concerned, is keeping the primary care physician as central in that circle of home care — surely a key to the DASH Program’s success. The feature of DASH’s “in-home response to urgent medical needs,” most certainly has improved not only the quality of care provided to individuals, but has, indeed, served to enhance their quality of life, a primary objective of VNHC service as well.

For more information, visit or call 965-5555.

— Kyrie Belme for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Mother’s Day Luncheon Honors Jane Habermann, Leni Fe Bland

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presented its 16th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 12 in the Coral Casino in Montecito. In its tradition of honoring the compassionate women who founded VNHC, the organization honored women and mothers in the community.

At this well-attended luncheon, supporters gathered to honor two such mothers, one living and one in memory, and celebrated their lives and contributions to the community.

Event co-emcee Pamela Dillman Haskell, left, with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care President/CEO Lynda Tanner.This year, there was a welcome outdoor champagne reception, a three-generation fashion show connecting families through fashion, a delicious sit-down lunch, a live auction and a raffle.

Event co-emcee Pamela Dillman Haskell, left, with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care President/CEO Lynda Tanner. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)“We are happy to say that we had over 350 guests and raised over $300,000,” marketing and public relations specialist Kyrie Belme told Noozhawk.

Funds raised enable VNHC to provide high-quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services to promote the health and well-being of loved ones and allow the nonprofit to provide compassionate and trusted care for those who need it most, including those who are unable to pay.

After the fashion show and live auction that were emceed by Pamela Dillman Haskell and Andrew Firestone, the event continued inside the ballroom, where Jane Habermann was brought to the podium as she was honored as the 2017 Honored Mother.

Habermann is a longtime volunteer leader at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. She has served as a board member, past board chair and co-chair of the Serenity House campaign. Her mother, Dorothy Bacheller, was the first Honored Mother in 2002. Habermann reminisced about her days growing up in North Dakota, where her father was a country doctor. She accompanied her father on house calls and learned first-hand about the value of home health care.

“I also learned strength and the ability to persevere as a rodeo champion barrel racer,” she told the audience.

Her daughter Lisa said, “I learned from my mother that a mother is as happy as her least happy child.”Emcee Andrew Firestone, left, and wife Ivana with Rochelle and Adam Karr and their daughter, Makenna.

Leni Fe Bland passed away in December 2014, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Through her Leni Fe Bland Foundation, she funded many Santa Barbara organizations, including CAMA, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Foundation and many others. She was an important donor to the campaigns to renovate the Granada Theatre and the New Vic hall.

Many in the audience learned from a video on her life that Fe Bland got her start sharing the healing gift of music when she played piano for soldiers during World War II. After the touching video tribute, her award was accepted by Chief Philanthropic Officer Jan Campbell on behalf of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

VNHC Executive Director Rick Keith acknowledged the Mother’s Day Luncheon 2017 Host Committee, which included Hazel and John Blankenship, Ann and Ed Brady, Keiko and Roger Dunham, Linda and Fred Gluck, Christopher and Pamela Haskell, Victoria Furst Hines, Rick Keith, Barbara Kummer, Judy Murphy, Thomas Rollerson, Maryan Schall, Kimberly Schizas, Marie Ann Strait, Anne Towbes, Pam Welch and Carolyn Wyatt.

Event sponsors Bridget McIntyre, left, and Theresa Borgatello of MarBorg Industries.

Event sponsors Bridget McIntyre, left, and Theresa Borgatello of MarBorg Industries. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

The all-important Mother’s Day Luncheon’s top sponsors included Silver Rose level: Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz and the James D. Scheinfeld Family Foundation; Red Rose level: Christine and Reece Duca, the Habermann family and the RoKe Foundation; White Rose level: Ann and Ed Brady, Roberta and Stan Fishman, Linda and Fred Gluck, Maryan S. Schall, Chris Toomey, and Carolyn and Philip Wyatt.

Other sponsors included Camino Real Marketplace, Keiko and Roger Dunham, Margo and Robert Feinberg, Christopher and Pamela Haskell, the Haskell Family Foundation, Bill and Nancy Kimsey, Barbara Kummer, Chris and James McNamara, Bobbie and Ed Rosenblatt, the Rudi Schulte Family Foundation, the Volentine Family Foundation and others.

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Visiting Nurse honors mothers Jane Habermann and Léni Fé Bland

ON the TOWN: Visiting Nurse honors mothers Jane Habermann and Léni Fé Bland

By Erin Graffy ||  May 21, 2017 12:45 AM

The family of Jane Habermann gathered to pay tribute to her as an “Honored Mother” at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Mother’s Day Luncheon.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presented a luncheon to honor and remember mothers. It was a beautiful day at the Coral Casino, and a multi-faceted program was in store for the many attendees. The 16th annual fundraiser highlighted the nurturing quality of the Visiting Nurses and the motherly care they provide when we need them most.

Rick Keith, foundation executive director, thanked Host Committee members, including John and Hazel Blankenship, Barbara Kummer, Lailan McGrath, Judy Murphy, Thomas Rollerson, Maryan Schall and Marie-Ann Strait.

We noted Victoria Furst Hines’ artwork (wonderfully pretty flowers) featured on the invite and programs, and echoed in the table flowers — among the loveliest arrangements I’ve ever seen.

Lynda Tanner, president and CEO, acknowledged two significant sponsors: Irma Jurkowitz (“Honored Mother” in 2007) and the James Scheinfeld Family Foundation.

A fashion show produced by Pamela Dillman Haskell featured “family models” — three generations of the McCarthy-Frank, Dunham-Karr, Matthews-Moorman, Parker and Orzeck-Freedman families. (And, just for fun, Leila Orzeck finished her runway walk with an impressive set of push-ups!)

The late philanthropist Léni Fé Bland was saluted in a video tribute as a “remembered mother,” in which she was aptly described as always elegant, and kindly generous, especially to the arts.

“She had been blessed and felt compelled to share her blessings with others,” Peter MacDougall remarked in the video.

Rolf Geyling from the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission pointed out that Léni desired to spend personal time with their clients whom she was helping financially. “I am addicted to giving. I grew up helping,” she told him.

Jane Habermann honored her own mother at the very first Mother’s Day Luncheon, and now she was being honored by her children. Her sons spoke of her dedication to her family and community, and her vision and diligence in making things happen.

Daughter Lisa told of Jane’s background, starting out in her youth as a state champion “barrel racing cowgirl” back in North Dakota! “She is giving of herself as a gift to the community,” Lisa stated. “Through her work with Visiting Nurses, she helped so many people she’ll never get to meet.”

Angel Speier gave a powerful presentation about the services of VNHC, specifically its Serenity House, where her late husband, Kevin, had stayed when stricken with cancer. Serenity House is an 18-bed inpatient hospice house that provides care for patients whose needs cannot be met at home. The mother of two toddlers outlined the positive philosophy she and her husband shared: Look to the future, have no regrets, and be thankful. They appreciated what VNHC provided, including that Angel was able to stay in a bed next to husband, and Serenity House’s amazing peaceful view of the mountains and city. Angel’s remarks were especially poignant. Staff and supporters pointed out that Serenity House had been made possible by Jane Habermann’s vision, direction and leadership.

“Thanks for helping us in our transition,” Angel stated. “This organization provides families closure.”

Auchincloss, Kraus Join Visiting Nurse & Hospice Board

POSTED ON MAY 16, 2017 | 9:00 A.M.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has announced the addition of Gordon Auchincloss and Kenneth Kraus to its Board of Directors.

Auchincloss worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office for some 25 years before retiring in 2016. He served as a senior deputy district attorney, chief trial deputy and chief assistant district attorney. He supervised prosecutions against elder abuse as well as the Communities Against Senior Exploitation Partnership which provides fraud-prevention classes in addition to intervention and victim services for seniors who are targeted by criminals. He has worked with several local nonprofit groups and has served on local nonprofit boards including the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Parc Foundation and Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, where he is on the advisory council.

Auchincloss sits on the board for Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse where he has previously worked with at-risk children as a mentor. He continues to sit as a judge for Teen Court, a commitment he has enjoyed for some 20 years. Raised locally, Auchincloss attended high school, college and law school in Santa Barbara. He obtained his J.D. from Santa Barbara College of Law.

Kraus is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP. His practice focuses on entertainment, copyright, trademark and intellectual property law. While his primary emphasis is in the field of music, he has experience in film and television matters. He has represented major recording artists, songwriters, record companies, music publishers, book authors, managers, and music industry executives. Kraus also has been involved in a number of start-up matters, representing both companies and investors. He lectures at the Practicing Law Institute, the USC Entertainment Law Institute and other professional organizations.

For more information on VNHC, visit or call 965-5555.

— Kyrie Belme for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Marsha Bailey 101 One Hundred winners honored

Marsha Bailey 101 One Hundred winners honored

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Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Marsha Bailey, Women’s Economic Ventures

The Business Times would like to congratulate all of this year’s 101 One Hundred winners, as well as Marsha Bailey, who became the 15th member of the Business Times Hall of Fame. The featured firms and organizations listed below are comprised of the region’s top 50 private companies (ranked by revenue), top 25 publicly traded companies (ranked by market cap), and in its inaugural year, the Central Coast’s Best Places to Work top 25 list (ranked by survey score).

Our Hall of Fame inductee, along with the other featured companies, will be honored at an evening reception on Thursday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. To purchase tickets, please click here. To obtain a hard copies of the section, visit our website or call (805) 845-2749.

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