The boards of Sonoma Valley Hospital and Hospice by the Bay have finalized the agreement for Sonoma Valley Hospital to transfer its highly regarded skilled home care service, Healing At Home, to Hospice by the Bay, effective October 1, 2018.Hospice by the Bay is a regional not-for-profit organization with a long-standing presence in Sonoma and Napa Counties and over 43 years’ experience in providing healthcare in the home setting.
The Sonoma Valley Health Care District board approved the transfer at its meeting on September 6, 2018 following approval by the Hospice by the Bay board.
“We are delighted to see Hospice by the Bay take over this service which is important for our community.” said Kelly Mather, Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO. “It ensures that Healing At Home patients will continue to receive skilled care services at home without interruption.”
“We are working together to plan a smooth transition, for patients, families and Healing at Home staff,” said Wendy Ranzau, RN, Chief Operating Officer for Hospice by the Bay and a life-long resident of Sonoma. “There will be no interruption in service and the same wonderful care will be provided.”
The agreement calls for Hospice by the Bay to acquire Healing at Home and continue operating it under that name. There will be no compensation to the hospital for the Healing at Home business and its assets, which will be transferred to Hospice as part of the agreement, and Hospice will assume applicable liabilities and leases.
About Healing At Home
Sonoma Valley Hospital created the skilled home health care service in 1989 to provide skilled, medically necessary and individualized care to homebound patients under physician orders. A nationally recognized program that is State-licensed and Medicare-certified, it is currently ranked among the top 25 percent of Home Care Agencies in the nation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2014, the hospital renamed it Healing At Home.
About Hospice by the Bay
The non-profit Hospice by the Bay is the second oldest hospice in the nation and the first in California. An affiliate of UCSF Health, it provides home health services, palliative care, and compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families in Sonoma County, the City of Napa, Marin County, San Francisco, N. San Mateo County, and the city of American Canyon. www.hospicebythebay.org
About Sonoma Valley Hospital
Sonoma Valley Hospital is a 75-bed, full-service acute care district hospital located in Sonoma, California, providing residents of the Sonoma Valley with a broad range of health care services. It is known as a warm, comfortable place of healing with a compassionate professional staff dedicated to the needs of the community. In recent years, the hospital has undergone extensive renovation, including opening a new wing with a modern Emergency Department and Surgery Center. sonomavalleyhospital.org