Optimal Hospice Foundation exists to raise awareness of hospice, promote compassionate services in the community, and ensure access to quality services for families in the Optimal service area, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages excellence in hospice care and other compassionate programs for families facing a life-limiting illness. Although most of the cost of hospice care is covered by insurance, some hospice families are uninsured or underinsured, so Optimal Hospice Foundation steps in to assist. With relief from this financial burden, families can focus on their time together.

The goal of the Optimal Hospice Foundation is to ensure families have access to hospice care, regardless of their ability to pay and is there to fill the gap for families who are uninsured or whose insurance benefits have run out. The foundation funding supports direct medical services to patients, spiritual and emotional support services for patients and their families, and a variety of community outreach and educational programs, including six sesssions of Kids Camp.

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

Helen Keller

President:  Denise Boshers – Grade 6 Oil

Vice President:  Cherie Payne – Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Secretary:  Kris Simpson – Komoto Pharmacy

Treasurer:  Michael Saltz – Employers’ Training Resource


Board Member:  Jim LaMar – Greenlawn Funeral Homes

Board Member:  Theresa Olson – Keller Wiliams Realty

Board Member:  Suzi Beaty – Fidelity National Home Warranty

Board Member:  Michelle Cooper – San Joaquin Valley Mortgage

Board Member:  Scott Pardue – Poso Creek Solar Partners

Board Member:  Jesus Soto – Kern River Holdings

Board Member:  Kim Van De Venter – Kern Medical

Board Member:  Shanna LeViner – Pro Safety and Rescue, Inc.

Foundation Director:  Cherie Shoemake