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2017 Care to Dance Sponsorship Opportunities

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Underwriting Sponsorships

MAJOR Underwriting Sponsor: $3500

  • Recognized as a Major Underwriter of the event in all promotional materials
  • logo on promotional flyers, website, social media postings
  • On-site announcements

PARTNER Underwriting Sponsorship: $1,500

  • Recognized as a Partner Underwriter of the event
  • logo on promotional flyers, website, social media postings
  • On-site announcements

SUPPORTING Underwriting Sponsorship: $500

  • logo on promotional flyers, website, social media postings

On-Site Sponsorships

MUSIC Sponsor Package: $1,500

  • Music area signage, logo on event sign and promotional materials
  • Intro prior to music performance
  • On site tent (10×10) (includes tent/table/chairs)

DANCE Lesson Sponsor Package: $1,000

  • Dance area signage, logo on event sign and promotional materials
  • Intro prior to lessons, On site space (10×10)

SUPPORT Sponsor Package: $250

  • Logo on event sign, promotional materials, onsite mentions
  • On site space only (10×10) (no tent provided)

Local Artisan Booth Vendor – $50 (up to 30 available)

  • On-site space (10×10)
  • (if we provide tent/table/2 chairs – $80.00 additional)

We Honor Veterans – Wilbert “Wib” Dale

“Just be nice to them, and they’ll be nice to you.”

Wise words for dealing with people and animals, from Wilbert “Wib” Dale, an attractive and thoughtful nonagenarian (92 years old) who Care Partners had the pleasure of honoring with a “Pinning Ceremony” for his service as a medic in the United States Army during World War II.

“Wib” (nicknamed by his father) grew up with four brothers and one sister on his family’s 250 acre cattle and hay ranch in Remer, Minnesota. Some of his favorite memories as a child were riding his horse “Mike” to school and church, and sharing an occasional “treat” with the family cats and dogs while milking the cows – directing the stream directly into their eager mouths.  Just over a year after graduating from high school, his 1944 Army induction noted his civilian experience, “Fed and cared for 45 head of cattle and 50 sheep, and drove horses four abreast to plow, drag and cultivate the crops.”  Wib “didn’t want to carry a gun” so chose to serve in the Medical Corps. He wasn’t told about the bombing of Hiroshima, yet found himself on a plane headed for Japan to serve as a medic at the Takeshima Rest Center in Gamagori, Japan. It was tough duty for him. He saw women and children suffering, and has painful memories from that time. “They are human beings.” Wib shared that he has some memory loss now, but lamented that he has some memories that he wish he could, but can never forget.

Wib served both Americans and Japanese while in Japan. His Army letter of appreciation for his service stated that Wib “rendered prompt and accurate diagnoses” and his “competence and quick action have not only relieved the suffering but possibly saved the lives of the individuals concerned.”

After serving his country, Wib lived in many places and served others in many different roles, including pastor, teacher, real estate broker and school principle. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D, but rarely told anyone about his advanced degree; “I didn’t want them to think I was going to leave because of my education.” His love for horses and other animals is carried on by his daughter Laura, who together with her husband Steve (a Vietnam Era Veteran who served on nuclear submarines) run a non-profit for rescue horses. Wib has recently moved into their home, where he is surrounded by rescue cats, dogs and horses, and also gets to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While Laura is proud of her Dad’s military service, she also talks about his other gifts, “He taught me how to do ‘spin brodies’ (donuts) in his 1966 Buick Wildcat.”

“The main thing is to stay in love with your family” says Wib with a big smile. While he was sad to have to give up driving at age 88, he is hoping to live to be 100, and attributes his longevity to his faith, being a vegetarian and his motto: “Live a long time, but don’t get old in the process.”

Job Opening: Certified Hospice Aide – Per Diem, On-Call

Certified Hospice Aide – Per Diem, On-Call

Care Partners is seeking a per diem on-call Certified Hospice Aide to join their team. As a Certified Hospice Aide you’ll get the opportunity to work with programs and services designed to honor choice and dignity, while providing comprehensive patient and family care. As the Certified Hospice Aide with Care Partners, YOU matter.

Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide patients with personal care and light housekeeping in accordance with the individualized plan of care and visit frequency assigned
  • Support skilled nursing staff across various settings
  • Maximize the comfort, safety and health of patients and families consistent with hospice philosophy and the organization’s policies and procedures
  • Maintain up to date patient records in accordance with policies and procedures so plans, actions, goals and problems are accurately and clearly stated

Knowledge & Skills needed:

  • Demonstrated skill in communication; patient documentation requirements, and service coordination with the ability to work successfully with patients and family members in aspects of terminal care
  • Basic keyboarding and computer operation skills are required
  • Working knowledge of concise, yet thorough clinical documentation of patient assessments and care required

Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of two years of prior CNA/Hospice Aide experience, preferably including experience delivering services outside of the hospital setting
  • Requires successful completion of a CNA training program. (Qualified programs must total 75 hours with 16 hours of supervised practical training as required in 42OR 484.36.) CNA II certification preferred
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish speaking ability preferred
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Assistant (CHPNA) preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record and have access to a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes
  • Basic Life Support CPR card for Health Care Provider. Valid card must be obtained prior to patient contact and provided within two weeks of hire

Schedule:

On-call and requires ability to provide coverage 7 days a week, as needed.

*Preferred applicant will be asked to pass a background check and drug screen following a job offer. **New employees are requires to complete Tuberculosis screening and provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declination.

Care Partners has the reputation and community trust that comes from 30 years of providing outstanding end-of-life care, education and bereavement services to thousands of family’s year over year. We recognize the unique and emotional needs of each patient and family member. Although we are poised for growth, our caring service delivery as a non-profit provider is a reputation we plan to keep.

Required experience:

  • CNA: 2 years

Required license or certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Oregon State Board of Nursing certification

To apply for this position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working with Care Partners to People Services Manager, Ciara Rogers, email: ciara.rogers@carepartnersor.org.

Job Opening: Revenue Cycle and Accounts Payable Specialist

Join Care Partners!

Revenue Cycle and Accounts Payable Specialist, Full Time

The purpose of this position is to ensure accurate and timely inflow and outflow of funds to Care Partners through the processing of billing; accounts receivable; payroll; accounts payable, and charitable donations.  This position assures compliance with wage and hour laws, organizational policies and generally accepted accounting practices.

This position ensures accurate and timely billing and appropriate, compliant reimbursement for all services rendered by the organization from Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, HMOs, PPOs, other insurance companies as well as from private individuals.  This position supports and oversees claims submission and revenue collection by outsourced revenue cycle service providers.

Qualifications and experience:

  1. Two years of accounting, accounts payable and/or payroll experience
  2. One-two years of medical billing experience preferred
  3. Associates degree in accounting or business with a minimum of a full year of college accounting
  4. Demonstrated skill in bookkeeping, accounting and financial record keeping
  5. Proficiency in use of Microsoft Excel and Quickbooks required
  6. Must be reliable in meeting exacting or highly accurate work results, strict deadlines, and prompt and friendly service delivery
  7. Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen following job offer
  8. Salary is commensurate with experience

To apply for this position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working with Care Partners to People Services Manager, Ciara Rogers, email: ciara.rogers@carepartnersor.org.

Job Opening: Hospice Nurse, RN, Evening Shift (2pm – 11pm) 4 days/week

Join Care Partners as a Hospice Nurse!

This position has been filled.

 

You are a highly motivated nurse who takes pride in providing excellent care to patients and family members. You enjoy working both independently and as a member of a cohesive team of dedicated interdisciplinary professionals. You enjoy the challenges of caring for the elderly and individuals living with serious illnesses. You like to empower, educate and support caregivers. You enjoy performing physical and psychosocial assessments, developing care plans, thinking on your feet, creating order out of chaos and solving problems creatively. Bringing comfort to others makes you happy. For you nursing is a calling, not a job. You want to work for an organization that is motivated by mission, that recognizes and values your engagement and voice, that believes that high performing nurses are a necessity not a luxury. You believe that death is not a medical experience, but a human one. Providing holistic, body-mind-spirit care is second nature for you.

We are one of Oregon’s oldest, community-based not-for-profit hospices. We value nurses. They are the back bone of our organization. We care for patients throughout the Portland metropolitan area in home and long-term care settings from 2 offices. A majority of our patients have a cancer diagnosis. We provide home-based palliative care through strategic partnerships with progressive health insurers. We are constantly innovating to make Care Partners the best place to give and receive care.  We have a calling to comfort. We mentor. We make every day the best day for our patients.  We invite you to check us out in person or on-line at www.carepartnersor.org.

Hospice Nurse Position Responsibilities

The hospice nurse working the evening shift assists with patient admissions and other urgent care needs working with a team of triage nurses and case managers. Provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and coordination/care management across settings to patients in a private home, adult foster home, residential/assisted living care, and/or nursing facility. Maximizes the comfort and health of patients and families consistent with our philosophy, policies and procedures. Maintains up to date patient records so that problems, plans, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur in accordance with policies and procedures.

  • Requires current Registered Nurse (RN) State of Oregon license prior to first day of employment.
  • Prefer one- two years of nursing experience, preferably in hospice, palliative care, home health or medical surgical care.
  • Requires well developed critical thinking, patient assessment and problem solving skills.
  • Requires the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Requires strong verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with use of an electronic medical record
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes.
  • Basic Life Support CPR card for Health Care Provider. Valid card must be obtained prior to patient contact and within two weeks of hire.
  • Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing is helpful.
  • Must pass a background check and drug screen following a job offer.

To apply for this position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working with Care Partners to Director of People Services, Ciara Rogers, email: ciara.rogers@carepartnersor.org.

Job Opening: Hospice Nurse, RN

Join Care Partners as a Hospice Nurse

RN – Registered Nurse ( RN ) Hospice and Palliative Care

Care Partners seeks an exceptional and compassionate RN to shape the future of hospice and palliative care. If you’re a motivated RN with a desire to provide excellent hospice care, Care Partners is the place to build your nursing career. We have been part of the community for over 30 years and provide non-profit home care to hospice and palliative patients in the Portland Metro area. As a hospice nurse, you will be a member of a supportive interdisciplinary team. Hospice nurses are the backbone of Care Partners. For you, nursing is not a job, it’s a calling. Read on to see if you are the hospice nurse we are seeking for our unique hospice.

At Care Partners you will be part of a hospice and palliative care organization that values your voice and engagement. Care Partners’ hospice nurses empower, educate, and support caregivers and patients. You will perform assessments, develop care plans, and bring comfort to others. You and your team will bring holistic care to your patients and their families. Care Partners has a calling to comfort and believes that death is not a medical experience, but a human one. We want you to join us to make each day of our patients’ lives their best day. We invite you to check us out online at www.carepartnersor.org or call us at (503) 648-9565 for more information.

Job Summary – QualificationsProvides skilled nursing assessment, planning and coordination/care management across settings to patients in a private home, adult foster home, residential/assisted living care, and/or nursing facility. Maximize the comfort and health of patients and families consistent with our philosophy, policies and procedures. Maintain up to date patient records so that problems, plans, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur in accordance with policies and procedures.Provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and coordination/care management across settings to patients in a private home, adult foster home, residential/assisted living care, , and/or nursing facility. Maximize the comfort and health of patients and families consistent with our philosophy, policies and procedures. Maintain up to date patient records so that problems, plans, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur in accordance with policies and procedures.

  • Requires current Registered Nurse (RN) State of Oregon license prior to first day of employment.
  • Prefer one- two years of nursing experience, preferably in hospice, palliative care, home health or medical surgical care.
  • Requires well developed critical thinking, patient assessment and problem solving skills.
  • Requires the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Requires strong verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with use of an electronic medical record
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes.
  • Basic Life Support CPR card for Health Care Provider. Valid card must be obtained prior to patient contact and within two weeks of hire.
  • Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing is helpful.
  • Must pass a background check and drug screen following a job offer.

To apply for this position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working with Care Partners to Director of People Services, Ciara Rogers, email: ciara.rogers@carepartnersor.org.

Job Opening: Board Member

Join the Care Partners Board!

A not-for-profit Hospice and Palliative Care Service

Care Partners is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit hospice serving the Portland Metropolitan area for the past 34 years.  We provide quality, individualized, “boutique” level palliative and hospice services to over 400 patients and their families each year.

Care Partners is dedicated to shaping the future of end-of-life care in Oregon.  We are working with partners on a new and innovative approach to preserving and developing the unique not-for-profit model for hospice care in Oregon.

In a health care landscape dominated by corporate interests, Care Partners remains focused on the core values of volunteerism, service, compassionate care, and changing how Oregonians live out their final days.  We are looking for individuals who share our passion for excellence and are willing to assist us in our relentless pursuit to make a significant difference in the lives of patients and families coping with serious illnesses in the home; long-term care, and community setting.

If you have a desire to serve as a member of a dedicated team of professionals and have expertise in one of the following professional fields, we invite you to apply for a position as a member of the Care Partners Board of Directors:
–   business law                                      –   business administration
–   medicine                                            –   geriatrics and long-term care
–   fund development                             –   shared services
–   home care                                          –   pastoral care

In addition to attending 4-6 meetings a year, board members periodically work on committees, projects and events, contributing approximately 30 hours of time over a one year period.  Meetings are held at our office in the Tanasbourne District of Hillsboro, Oregon.

As a board member you will receive a thorough orientation to Medicare; hospice and palliative care; organizational by-laws, and the responsibilities of a non-profit board member.  You will have the opportunity to work side by side with amazing people who are making the world a better place and contributing to the health of our community.

To apply for a board position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working in this industry with Care Partners to Director of People Services, Ciara Rogers, email: ciara.rogers@carepartnersor.org  A member of our board will contact you to discuss the opportunity and explore your interests.

Grieving During the Holidays – 12 Practical Tips for Saying, Doing the Right Things

flame-fire-candles-77127While many people look forward to yearly holiday traditions, gatherings with family and friends and the general good feelings associated with the season, some people dread the holidays.  For those who have lost a loved one during the past year, the holidays may emphasize their grief.

The holidays, especially the first ones after losing a loved one, are especially difficult for people who are grieving.  Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holiday.  Below are some helpful tips:

  1. 1. Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.
  2. 2. Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning. Both tasks can be overwhelming for someone trying to deal with raw emotions.
  3. 3. Offer to help him or her decorate for the holidays.
  4. 4. Offer to help with holiday shopping or give your loved one catalogs or on-line shopping sites that may be helpful.
  5. 5. Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.
  6. 6. Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.
  7. 7. Help your loved one prepare and mail holiday cards.
  8. 8. Ask if he or she is interested in volunteering with you during the holiday season. Doing something for someone else, such as helping at soup kitchens or working with children, may help your loved one feel better about the holidays.
  9. 9. Donate a gift or money in memory of the person’s loved one. Remind the person that his or her special person is not forgotten.
  10. 10. Never tell someone that he or she should be “over it.” Instead, give the person hope that, eventually, he or she will enjoy the holidays again.
  11. 11. If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with the loss, LISTEN. Active listening from friends is an important step to helping him or her heal. Don’t worry about being conversational…just listen.
  12. 12. Remind the person you are thinking of him or her and the loved one who died. Cards, phone calls and visits are great ways to stay in touch.

Source: The National Hospice Foundation and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Care Partners Named One of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2016

October, 2016

Care Partners has100best once again been named by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the top 100 best nonprofits to work for in Oregon. In its eighth year, the annual survey gives a voice to nonprofit-sector employees by asking them to rate their satisfaction with 20 workplace practices. With this win, Care Partners has received this top 100 non-profit designation 4 times.

Care Partners falls into Large Nonprofits category for organizations with 50 or more Oregon employees, and ranked #19 out of 33. Click here to view
the complete list of winners by category.

We owe this ‘best’ designation to the dedicated staff, volunteers, board members, and partnerships that make Care Partners an extraordinary place to work!

Job Opening: Director of Hospice Nursing (DON)

This position has been filled.

You are a creative, energetic nurse leader who values relationships, quality patient care and collaborative relationships with colleagues, physicians and interdisciplinary team members. You are looking for the freedom to innovate, solve problems and do your best work every day. You are looking for opportunities to develop and refine leadership skills while working with a team of highly experienced managers who enjoy mentoring others. You love to care for cancer patients and the elderly. You are looking for an organization that is driven by an inspired mission to solve real problems in today’s health care environment. You believe in the power of community-based not-for-profits to lead change that improves the way patients, families and caregivers experience care at end of life.

We are one of Oregon’s oldest, community-based not-for-profit hospices. We care for patients throughout the Portland metropolitan area from 2 offices. A majority of our patients have a cancer diagnosis (60%). We provide home-based palliative care through strategic partnerships with progressive health insurers. We constantly innovate to make Care Partners the best place to give and receive care. We have a calling to comfort. We mentor. We make a difference. We grow nursing leaders.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Direct and manage the delivery of quality clinical services on a day-to-day basis consistent with agency policy, accreditation requirements, applicable state practice acts and applicable state and federal regulations through coordination of patient and staff schedules, provision of advice to staff and patients and directing utilization of program resources (clinical and non-labor).
  • Collaborate with members of the management team to provide leadership required to fulfill the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
  • Collaborate with clinical staff, providers and managers to improve operating systems and processes. Facilitate efficient and effective implementation of clinical best practices utilizing staff engagement and consensus building.
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of the Hospice program and staff staff in meeting organizational objectives. Identify and improve areas requiring cost reduction, service enhancement, quality and/or efficiency improvement.
  • Participate in and coordinate weekly interdisciplinary group meetings to ensure delivery of efficient, effective and state-of-the-art palliative clinical care.
  • Collaborate with other members of the leadership team to ensure that clinical protocols, utilization review, case management, quality assurance, and compliance programs are implemented consistent with Medicare Conditions of Participation and other regulatory standards. Take initiative in the development, monitoring and continuous improvement of performance metrics.
  • Hire, orient, train, supervise and lead qualified and competent hospice staff through articulating vision, creating line-of-sight to organization goals and values, establishing performance expectations, creating accountability and systematically measuring performance progress, and developing and coaching staff to create alignment.

Qualifications:

  • Must be proficient in typing with accuracy and have working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to maintain composure while under pressure and remain flexible despite interruptions and/or routine changes.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple assignments on time with accuracy is required.
  • Requires a minimum of two to three years of progressive management and leadership experience.
  • Requires home health or hospice nursing experience.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree at minimum, master’s degree is preferred.
  • Requires demonstrated success in leading the work of others and collaborating cross-functionally to meet deadlines, manage projects and human talent, and successfully execute a wide range of large-scale business objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on uncompromising customer service with a proven record of managing successful hospice and palliative care, clinical and financial operations.
  • Expert knowledge of hospice and palliative care strongly preferred.
    Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile.
  • External hires must pass a background check/drug screen.

*Finalist(s) will be asked to pass a background check and drug screen following a job offer.

**New employees are requires to complete a 2-step Tuberculosis screening and provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declination.