Dawn Myers Purkey joins Yolo Hospice board

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Dawn Myers Purkey recently joined the Yolo Hospice Board of Directors, officially inducted in June of 2018.  Myers Purkey has been the program manager of Dignity Healthcare’s Yolo Adult Day Health Center in Woodland for more than 20 years.  She is an influential figure in care for the elderly in Yolo County.

She was also a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee to the California Department of Health and Human Services from 2006 to 2012.  Myers Purkey earned a Masters of Social Work from UC Berkeley.

Myers Purkey has worked alongside Yolo Hospice throughout her career.  According to Myers Purkey, “I have great trust in Yolo Hospice as a provider of end-of-life care for the families we have been working with over a long period of time.”  A few years ago, she also worked briefly with Yolo Hospice as a part-time social worker.

This closer relationship grew in part out of a shared vision of a new way to serve the community.  “I had been actively engaging the Davis community for two years with the goal of opening an adult day program,” said Myers Purkey.  “When Yolo Hospice decided to incorporate this vision into their strategic plan, I was invited to join the board to help guide the development.  It is very meaningful to me to have this role. Additionally, when my mom was on service with YH three years ago, I had the opportunity to see hospice in action and was inspired to be more than just a referral source and community partner.”

“We’re pleased and honored to have Dawn join our board,” according to Craig Dresang, CEO.  “She brings a rich depth of knowledge and connections in the community.  We’re excited to have her working with us to create an adult daycare center for Davis, expanding the continuum of care we’re able to provide.”

Myers Purkey was honored in 2011 by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada as Woman of the Year, for her long-time work with Adult Day Health Center.  Yamada said at the time, “Every family with an elderly adult in Yolo County knows Dawn Myers Purkey.”

Asked about her goals as a board member, Myers Purkey said, “With the focus on palliative care and the inclusion of adult day programming, I hope to contribute my whole-person, dementia-focused, patient-centered approach to working with patients and families to enhance personal choice, provide a sense of empowerment and inspire engagement with family, friends and community.”

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