Foundation supports merger of two beloved hospice organizations

Jim Rivera, Tom Pecht, Vanessa Bechtel, Christine Cohen, Tim Gallagher and Lanyard Dial, MD welcome the merger.

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (Livingston) a $105,000 grant to cover the costs of its merger with Camarillo Hospice.

Vanessa Bechtel, President/CEO of VCCF said of the gift, “The Foundation’s commitment to strategic grant making could not be better represented than through this $105,000 grant to Livingston from the Ruth Daily Livingston Fund. The recent merger between Livingston and Camarillo Hospice not only provides a seamless and more effective provision of services to terminally ill patients and their loved ones but also utilizes precious financial resources in a more impactful manner. The Ruth Daily Livingston Fund was created with the specific purpose of supporting health care services in Ventura County and is a fitting tribute to the memory of her husband, Dr. W.R. Livingston, an esteemed pioneer physician of Ventura County.”

Lanyard Dial, MD, President/CEO and Medical Director of Livingston called VCCF’s generous gift, “welcome recognition from Ventura’s philanthropic heart that it takes a strong web of community support to provide care and bereavement services for the terminally ill and their love ones.”

For information on Livingston’s home healthcare, hospice or in-home assistance programs visit or call 642-0239.

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association provides healthcare in the home for the sick, handicapped, elderly and homebound. Livingston is a community-supported non-profit agency, which provides professional, licensed home health and hospice care. Livingston is sensitive to the financial circumstances of its patients and provides needed services, including those at reduced or no charge to indigent patients.

Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation focuses on building philanthropy in Ventura County by stewarding legacies through careful management of charitable capital. VCCF honors donor intent by protecting endowments and specializing in connecting philanthropic resources with community needs. VCCF invests in the future through scholarships, grant making, and collaborative partnerships.

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