Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) is pleased to announce that Cynthia Stoddard has been elected to its Board of Directors, bringing with her years of experience in the medical field and a personal understanding of the importance of hospice care.
Stoddard is a longtime supporter of HSB, having volunteered for the organization in the 1980s and even receiving the Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award in 1989. Stoddard is well aware of the role hospice support plays for someone experiencing the loss of a loved one, as she came to HSB for services following the death of her first and second husbands.
“Hospice of Santa Barbara’s mission and values are right in line with what community members need when they face their own mortality or that of a loved one,” said Stoddard. “My involvement in furthering the HSB cause in the community, and educating people about what HSB is about, is very important to me.”
Stoddard has worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for more than 20 years. She is currently the Surgery Residency and Externship Administrator, working to ensure that the hospital is up to date and following the correct administrative procedures in its education program.
Born in Los Angeles, Stoddard came to Santa Barbara in 1972 to attend UCSB. She has lived in the Santa Barbara area ever since other than five years in New Orleans. Stoddard is the mother to an 18-year-old daughter.
Hospice of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit organization that “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to children and adults who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on area school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org. Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.