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A Message From Snowline

When you or a loved one faces a terminal diagnosis, and it’s time to choose a hospice, this booklet is your guide to making an informed decision.

Snowline is the premier choice, boasting unparalleled expertise and the distinction of being the only 4-star, community-based non-profit hospice agency in the Tri-County area, covering Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado. The prestigious rating from Medicare is a testament to Snowline’s exceptional performance, especially evident in its superior Family Caregiver Survey ratings compared to other hospices in the region.

Selecting a hospice provider is a crucial decision, and Snowline empowers patients and their families with the right to choose. Notably, our dedication to providing top-notch care is recognized through the Medicare 4-star designation, setting us apart from other hospices.

It’s essential to be aware that some organizations may not openly share this information as they may have their own agendas. We believe in transparency and putting your needs first.

For more information about how Snowline can provide the highest level of care during challenging times, please call us at 916-817-2338 or 530-621-7820. Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities.

Tim Meadows
Chief Executive Officer, Snowline Health

 

Executive Summary

For more than 40 years, nonprofit providers, like Snowline, who serve patients and families in declining health have built a reputation for delivering elite care in often chaotic circumstances. Across the continuum from illness to aging to end of life, the individuals who do this work every day are nothing short of heroic. Together, they represent the vanguard of a movement to transform healthcare in the United States.

This transformation has never been more urgent and necessary. As this blueprint details, healthcare costs – and profits – keep rising, while outcomes for patients and families grappling with declining health keep getting worse. This is particularly true in the most vulnerable communities, who face greater risks and have less access to treatment. By re-imagining care to better address the needs of the most vulnerable, we can improve care for everyone. Community-based, values-driven organizations, like the 100+ members of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) including Snowline, have known this all along.

What unites these organizations is something much deeper than nonprofit tax status – it’s about values, vision, and expertise. Only by raising our collective voice and asserting ourselves as the trusted authority on quality care for those in declining health can we fight back against the cynical profit-seeking that threatens our industry. As you will see in the data we have collected, widespread public distrust of the healthcare system is linked to the financial motives that dictate how that system works.

This is only the first step. In the coming months and years, we will advance a shared story that speaks to the concerns of patients, families, healthcare providers, payers, and policymakers. This is our moment, and we will rise to the occasion – together.

Sincerely,

Tom Koutsoumpas
Chief Executive Officer,
National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation

Carole Fisher
President,
National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation

Tim Meadows
Chief Executive Officer, Snowline Health

Snowline is a member of NPHI, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, an organization comprising 100+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers.

The People Over Profits guide above is an invaluable resource created as a collaboration between Snowline and NPHI.  In this Values-Based Movement, Snowline and other member organizations are doing their part to model what genuine, responsible healthcare can be.

The guide discusses the general distrust of the healthcare system in the US, and presents a model of integrity for hospice and palliative care.  It also discusses navigating chronic, serious, and advanced illness, aging, dying, death, and grief.  Reading the guide will empower you to make an informed and educated decision about the care your Loved One deserves.  NPHI has done a wonderful, thorough job in providing researched findings in a succinct and meaningful way.

The People Over Profits guide is available to read above, or download a free PDF to read offline.  Snowline also has hard-copies of this publication available to anyone, free of charge.  Just ask!

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