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Community Hospice Appoints New Chief Clinical Officer
Karryn Salonen


Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency serving the Central Valley, recently announced the appointment of new Chief Clinical Officer, Mrs. Karryn Unruh-Salonen. She joins Community Hospice with over 30 years of clinical and healthcare expertise.

“Community Hospice is pleased that Mrs. Salonen has accepted the position of Chief Clinical Officer,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO of Community Hospice. “We are proud to welcome her into this position and feel Mrs. Salonen is the right choice for our patients and families as well as our Community Hospice family.”

Salonen has served in various leadership roles in the community to promote health and wellness. She recently served as the Director of Clinical Operations for Stanislaus County Health Services Agency since 2015. She also currently serves and will continue to serve as an Educator for Doctor’s Medical Center in Modesto.

Salonen attended Loyola University in New Orleans were she received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Fort Hays University in Kansas where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and Modesto Junior College. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State of California.

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the 16-bed Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call (209) 578-6300 or visit