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The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, and Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services with the 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards. The awards recognize an individual and an organization that are changing the way we care for people who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life.

Awards will be presented at the CCCC 7th Annual Summit – Palliative Care: A Call to Action – in Sacramento on April 14-15, 2015.


Judith Redwing Keyssar, RNJudith Redwing Keyssar, RN
Seniors At Home, Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Redwing Keyssar, RN, has over 25 years of experience in oncology, critical care, and palliative and end of life care. She is an author, a teacher, a national presenter, and a frequent contributor to the public debate about palliative care. In 2007, Redwing joined with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services to establish the Palliative Care End-of-Life Care Program (PEOL), as an expansion of its continuum of senior services. The PEOL is one of the only community-based interdisciplinary palliative care teams that functions under a social service model, as opposed to a medical model – and is available to anyone in the community, not just hospital patients.

Redwing has also played a major role in development of the California State University Institute for Palliative Care to address the educational needs of the current healthcare workforce as well as future healthcare professionals. Her book, Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying, won a 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.

Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day ServicesORGANIZATION AWARD

Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services

Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) is committed to providing exceptional health care and expert resources as they care for the whole person and their family – body, mind, and spirit – through chronic conditions, illness, death and bereavement. NVHADS provides services through an array of preventative healthcare programs, targeted services assisting Napa County’s most underserved populations, and partnerships with other community organizations. NVHADS has increased the dialogue around end-of-life issues, improved patient experiences and outcomes, raised awareness and influenced attitudes about palliative care in Napa County. In their 36th year of service, they remain steadfast in their commitment to providing the most compassionate and professional care to those in need, and to continuing their community leadership role through education and innovation.

Learn more about the award criteria here.

17 Responses to “Redwing Keyssar and Napa Valley Hospice recognized for outstanding service, presented with Compassionate Care Leadership Awards”

  1. So thrilled that you and your work are being recognized!! A good choice!
    Blessings and gratitude to you dear.

  2. Toby Flax

    A woman with the dedication and respect of her piers and students…An honor richly deserved.
    Congratulations Redwing!

  3. Nancy Epstein

    I’ve had the privilege of being a PEOL volunteer for 6 years. It’s been an honor to learn from Redwing and watch how she deploys her deep wisdom and compassion with clients. She deserves this recognition and more!

  4. Sandy K

    Redwing is SO deserving of this award!
    With respect and admiration!

  5. So glad that you are being recognized for the Compassionate Care you provide as well as your dedication to your dedication to teaching and providing leadership.

  6. Redwing,

    I’m doing a happy dance for you!! You deserve this and so much more! Big hugs of love and gratitude…

  7. Sylvia Boorstein

    What a wonderful and most appropriate recognition! Congratulations!

  8. Barbara Blosser

    Thank you, Redwing, for sharing your heart and smarts! Congratulations on this award recognizing your long, loving work.
    Congratulations to Napa Hospice for the heart in your work, too.

  9. Marcia Weeks

    From the early days in our local Critical Care Unit, we were blessed to know this lady and her work and knew that we would be hearing from her. Thank you Redwing for the work you continue to do.

  10. Congratulations Redwing! Recognition and award that is well deserved.

  11. A wonderful honor for a woman who truly deserves it. I have known Redwing as a teacher and author. I have seen her inspire me and others with her dedication and, yes, joy in sharing with others her vast experience in the field of palliative care and end of life.

  12. Caren, Ron and Melissa

    We congratulate you and celebrate your award, Redwing, with deep appreciation and gratitude.

  13. Congratulations Redwing, an honor well deserved. I’m proud to know you and be a part of our PEOL group.


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