Jane Russo appointed as Chief Executive Officer for VNA & Hospice

Jane Russo CEO VNA & HospiceThe Central Coast VNA & Hospice, Inc. Board of Directors takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Jane Russo as Chief Executive Officer.  Since 2011, Jane has served in a variety of positions with the VNA, including Chief Strategic Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Hospice Administrator/Director of Business Development.  She resides in Monterey with her family.

Michael McGirr, Board Chair, was effusive in his expression of support for the appointment of Jane Russo to lead the organization of over 220 employees.  The VNA provides community health services, home health, and hospice care throughout Monterey, San Benito, and southern Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.  “Jane is a tremendous talent, great leader, and a strong and relentless advocate for the health care needs of our Central Coast communities.” said McGirr.  “She has unmatched experience at delivering exceptional, quality health care to our clients”.

Jane, a graduate of The University of Denver, has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare, prior to VNA held Regional Director positions with HCR Manor Care.  That experience will be vital to the future of health care delivery by the professionals at the VNA.  “I have such respect for this organization and the mission it brings to our communities.” said Russo.  She has also served on the board of the local Arthritis Foundation, the California Association of Health Services at Home, and was instrumental in securing a VNA’s Associate Membership of the United Veterans Council.  Russo continues “I am honored to focus on supporting our team, improving patient outcomes through the equitable delivery of services, and integrating with our health care systems.

“Jane advocates for compassion and optimizing the transition from hospital to home” stated VNA Board member, Allen B. Radner, MD with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.  “On behalf of the board we look forward to working with Jane to improve quality clinical outcomes.” stated VNA board member, Debbie Sober, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, with Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula.  “


In its 70th year, VNA is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents of the Central Coast by meeting their individual needs in a caring, effective, honorable, and accessible manner.

For more information, visit www.ccvna.com or call 831-372-6668


Release Date:  February 1, 2021

Media Contact: Tina DelPiero, Director of Fund Development

MPUSD to offer free mobile immunization clinics

Article posted at montereyherald.com

MONTEREY — With the school year set to begin next week, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will hold free mobile immunization clinics Wednesday to ensure seventh-grade students have received their required shots.

The first drive-up clinic will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina. The second will take place Thursday at Seaside High School from 2-4 p.m.

“Our goal is to continue to provide all of the support we can to our families in accessing and being ready for the school year with all that they need,” said Donnie Everett, an assistant superintendent with MPUSD. “One of those is the immunization requirements that California still has in place for the admission and start-up of school.”

Students heading into the seventh grade are required to have a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine before the start of the school year. Even though the district will start the school year with distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district wants to ensure all seventh graders are ready to attend class when campuses reopen.

Read full article here.

Central Coast VNA Mobile Center Brings Hospice to Spanish-Speaking Population

Published at HospiceNews.com By Holly Vossel | July 24, 2020

Providers have increasingly recognized the importance of outreach as concerns about racial equity mount across the nation. A California hospice provider has launched a mobile resource unit to inform and educate people about end-of-life decisions and care in Spanish-speaking communities. Central Coast VNA created a Latino Mobile Resource Center to break down language and cultural barriers and bring hospice into a new light within their local area.

Read the full article here.

From 10,000 steps a day to barely being able to walk, one Salinas man's journey with Covid-19

Originally published at the MontereyCountyWeekly.com

One morning in early April, Patrick Dunne couldn’t taste the raspberries in his oatmeal. That’s weird, he thought. In the shower he noticed he couldn’t smell the soap....

...“The VNA was instrumental in helping me learn how to take care of myself and head in the right direction on a daily basis over those three weeks,” Dunn says. “I am deeply in debt to their assistance in helping me make the progress I have made up to this point.”

Read more of Dunn's story here.

VNA Hospice’s Innovative Latino Mobile Resource Center Van

VNA Hospice’s Innovative Latino Mobile Resource Center Van to Visit Three Locations in South County in July

KING CITY, Calif., — The nonprofit VNA Hospice’s innovative Latino Mobile Resource Center van will be at three South County locations in July — one in Chualar and two in King City.

The van, which was launched in November 2019, continues its mission to deliver information and resources about end-of-life decisions and care to the local Spanish-speaking communities of Monterey County.

The van, which is a part of Hospice Giving Foundation’s Juntos con Esperanza partnership, will be at the following locations:

  • 12-3 p.m. Thursday, July 9: 2020 Needs assessment survey distribution, Alma’s Bakery and Deli, 25482 Payson St., Chualar.
  • 8-10 a.m. Thursday, July 16: VNA bringing resources to the community of King City at St. John Catholic Church, 504 N. 3rd St., King City.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 23: VNA bringing resources and needs assessment survey distribution, Leo Meyer Center, 415 Queen St., King City.

This program was funded (in part) by the Hospice Giving Foundation.



Since 1951, the nonprofit VNA Hospice has used an integrated, team-oriented approach to helping those facing a life-limiting illness, along with their families and caregivers.

For more information visit www.ccvna.com, or call (831) 372-6668.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. LEARN MORE.


COVID-19 Return to Work Services

COVID-19 Return To Work Services

COVID-19 Return to Work Services

Physical Space  

wellness[at]work staff establish on-site safety and social distancing strategies.

  • Assess the workplace configuration allowing for appropriate spacing between workstations, break, and meeting rooms to maintain social distancing.
  • Review current sanitation/janitorial vendor services and whether supplemental services are needed.


Policy Design

wellness[at]work staff will assist your organization in creating policy ensuring appropriate steps are taken consistent with CDC guidance.

  • Employee who refuses to be screened.
  • Confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Notification to employees of potential exposure to COVID-19; contact with suspected or confirmed case at work within the past 14 days.
  • Post-Illness Guidelines for return to work.
  • Compliance with State and Federal requirements regarding pandemic prevention, and guidelines of Monterey County Health Department.



wellness[at]work staff will train Supervisors/Managers on response to employee COVID-19 issues.

  • As employees return to work and are concerned about their health and safety, managers and supervisors should be prepared to address novel issues in the workplace such as; complaints about employees who are coughing or perceived as being sick, employees not wearing masks correctly, employees who are observed not following social distancing, sanitation or good hygiene practices.
  • Appropriate mask usage by staff, mask accommodation issues.


Employee Screenings

wellness[at]work nurse screen employees 1:1 during scheduled work time.

  • Temperature Check on arrival to worksite.
  • Written Screening Questionnaire to determine if employee has experienced flu-like symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.



Employer may ask specific questions about COVID-19 and screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19 so long as the same screening is applied for all employees in the same type of job. Information collected during temperature checks is confidential medical information, distributed only to those with a true need to know. An affected employee’s name will not be disclosed.



120.00 per hour, 2-hour minimum

Plus, time and travel at the federally approved rate

Contact: Mary Ann Franscioni, Associate Director of Wellness  mfranscioni@ccvna.com

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