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December 20, 2019

Greetings from all of us at Housecall Providers! Thanks to the continued support of our community, Housecall Providers has had another amazing year of growth.

Charitable donations from people like you are helping us achieve our vision to sustainably transform home-based medicine so all homebound adults and those living with serious illness have access to care that improves their quality of life.

You can help keep our services available to all those who need them. Would you consider supporting our mission with a meaningful gift this year?

While we have accomplished a great deal this past year — first and foremost extending our services to more people than ever before — we are still reimbursed only a portion of what it really costs to deliver home-based medical care. This is why your contributions remain so critical to our future.

In 2019, Housecall Providers celebrated three firsts: highest primary care census (1,645), highest hospice census (112), and our first national grant award ($200,000). This gift from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation will support our Advanced Illness Care program, which offers community-based palliative care for Medicaid members.

Successes aside, what continues to motivate our clinical and administrative teams the most is what they hear from our patients and families, day in and day out, about the patient-centered medical care they receive at home. 

Some of those comments are reflected in our recent fall newsletter. We heard from Tiffany, one of our Advanced Illness Care patients suffering from cancer who has been in our care since July.

Apart from helping her navigate the ups and downs of a serious illness, the team recently helped her secure permanent housing, so a major stressor is now lifted from her life.

“They really are rock stars. Whatever I need in the moment, they are there, and I can’t tell you what that means to me. This service has been amazing.”  

Or Dale Lawrence, daughter of patient “Bets” Lawrence who, since moving from Portland to California, appreciates the timely flow of information she receives from her
mother’s primary care provider Kelly Fromuth, and the support her family receives from Spiritual Care Counselor Dean Yamamoto and Social Worker Sarah Jo Tomlin.

“I really appreciate that Kelly checks in with me whenever she changes one of my mom’s meds. This has been such a wonderful opportunity to have mom cared for at home.”

Finally, we saw again how Hospice Nurse Gillian Beck van Heemstra goes above and beyond to fulfill the wishes of her patients or to simply brighten their day. This summer, she orchestrated a ride in a black 1966 Chevy Chevelle convertible for car buff patient Gino Damico. Gino’s niece Linda McGavin was so thankful for Gillian’s thoughtful and caring gesture.

“Both of my parents were on hospice in Florida years ago, and I became aware then of how wonderful and caring hospice workers are.”

These are just a few of the stories that illustrate what makes Housecall Providers so much more than a medical practice. Our staff strives each day to be a community asset that can respond to what our patients and families need, not only to maneuver a serious illness, but to live each day to the fullest.

Your gift today provides the resources that make it possible for us to continue bringing this type of care to the people in our community who need it most. Your generosity makes this work possible.

Again, thank you for supporting Housecall Providers and for considering making a gift to support this one of a kind organization!

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