Anabell Castro Thompson, NP, director of Hospice of the Valley’s Hispanic program, has been recognized with the Young Professional Achievement Award by the University of Arizona Alumni Association. She also serves as a nurse practitioner at Ryan House 2, which provides end-of-life care in an inpatient setting.
Awards & Recognition
Ann Schneidman, a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist at Hospice of the Valley, has been honored as 2016 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year by the national Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center based in Pittsburgh.
The award will be presented in March during a Chicago convention of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
In her 10 years at HOV, Schneidman directed the Pulmonary Resource program, training nurses at clinical offices and palliative care units in dyspnea (breathlessness) management and interventions. She has created educational videos, published articles in professional journals and is a leader in the American Thoracic Society, chairing the Clinicians Advisory Committee.
“Ann Schneidman has contributed to the comfort of literally thousands of patients suffering from complex pulmonary diseases,” wrote Susan Levine, executive director of Hospice of the Valley, in a letter of support. “Through her compassionate consultation, she has assisted with management of respiratory distress and the more complex pulmonary equipment now utilized in end-of-life care.”
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Patsy Pearce, who has volunteered 19 years for Hospice of the Valley, is among seven recipients of the statewide Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards presented in May at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
“Patsy Pearce is an extraordinary volunteer among thousands at Hospice of the Valley,” the Hon Kachina Council wrote. “Her dedication to providing end-of-life care and ensuring death with dignity to those she serves is second to none.”
Pearce provides spiritual care to dementia patients and respite for family caregivers in the East Valley. In addition, she gives community talks through Speakers Bureau; make-up and skin care to women patients through Face in the Mirror; and education to prospective volunteers. She also has served as a home care volunteer and as a volunteer area leader for the not-for-profit agency’s East Valley palliative care units.
Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia program was presented the Excellence in End-of-Life Care award by the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (AHPCO) at the association’s fall conference in Phoenix.
The award program was created to recognize a program or agency that has developed and implemented an innovative end-of-life program. “Through this recognition program we wish to highlight the good care that is being provided and raise awareness of the importance of excellence in serving patients near the end-of-life,” the association said. Click here to read more…
Susan Levine, executive director of Hospice of the Valley, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) in October during the association’s annual convention in Phoenix.
She joined not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley in 1994 as executive director. The agency is the state’s largest hospice, caring each year for nearly 17,000 patients and families in central Arizona.
Levine also is prominent in shaping national health care policy as a member of Harvard Medical School’s Health Care Policy Advisory Council; NAHC’s advisory board; and an advisory group to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in addition to various local boards and professional groups. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations.
Kathleen Lewis, a nurse for Hospice of the Valley, has been named Arizona Nurse of the Year by the National Association of Home Care and Hospice.
She was honored in October at the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix. The association represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations, including not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley, which has provided end-of-life care to patients and families in central Arizona since 1977.
A 37-year nursing veteran, Lewis joined Hospice of the Valley’s Northeast office in Scottsdale in 2006. She cares for patients of all ages – pediatric to seniors. She also mentors new hires, nursing students and medical students. She has a master’s degree in nursing and national certification as a hospice and palliative care nurse.
“We are thrilled that Kathleen has been chosen for this recognition among the thousands of exceptional nurses providing home care in Arizona and the nation,” said Susan Levine, executive director, Hospice of the Valley. “Kathleen’s knowledge, heart and humble style make her beloved and appreciated by patients, families and colleagues.”
Anabell Castro Thompson, nurse practitioner at Ryan House II and Hispanic program director for Hospice of the Valley, was chosen president-elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses for 2014–2016. Thompson has spearheaded development of the agency’s Hispanic program, working with others to enhance culturally competent services to Hispanic patients and families. She has won numerous awards for her leadership from local, state and national organizations.
Hospice of the Valley’s website, hov.org, won a Silver Award in the 2013 International Horizon Interactive Awards in the category of Health/Human Services. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement among interactive media producers, including best websites, videos, online advertising and mobile applications.
Maribeth Gallagher, director of Hospice of the Valley's dementia program, was named Arizona's top nurse by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Gallagher, a doctor of nursing practice, was chosen to represent Arizona in NAHC's 2013 Nurse Recognition Program. The selection committee also designated Gallagher as one of 10 finalists for NAHC's Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year.
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Hospice of the Valley's website – hov.org – won top honors for best nonprofit website at the American Marketing Association Phoenix Spectrum Awards event on May 15 at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts. The new website was launched in September 2012.
Julie Holman, RN, a clinical resource nurse with Hospice of the Valley's centralized admissions department, was featured on the May 2013 cover of The Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. She was cited for her prior service on the National Board of Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses "NBCHPN" Exam Development Committee. During 2013 she is serving her first term on the NBCNPN Board, representing Certified Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses.
Hospice of the Valley is among eight community nonprofit agencies honored for having community impact by Az Business magazine.
In the magazine’s May/June 2013 issue, companies and non-profit organizations were cited for making Valley communities better places to live and work. Hospice of the Valley has provided compassionate end-of-life care since 1977, serving nearly 17,000 patients last year.
As the magazine noted, no one is ever turned away from Hospice of the Valley because they lack insurance or financial means. HOV's charity care totaled $15.4 million in 2012, up from $13 million in 2011.
Gillian Hamilton, MD, VP/Innovation and Education, received the John Theobald Memorial Community Service Award from the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. Dr. Hamilton created HOV’s dementia program a decade ago and continues serving as medical director. The program has won national and international recognition for developing ways to comfort and support dementia patients and family caregivers.
Hospice of the Valley has been awarded the IMPACT award for "Community Champion" by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Read more.
Hospice of the Valley volunteer Nhi Van, a junior at Maryvale High School, received the Youth Award at the Governor's Volunteer Service Award luncheon April 20. The awards are the highest recognition for volunteers statewide.
Hospice of the Valley was named a top 100 Arizona employer by The Arizona Republic. The Arizona Republic 100 is an annual survey that ranks companies by the number of people they employ within the state, adjusted to full-time equivalent hours per week. Hospice of the Valley had 1,696 full-time equivalent employees in 2012, ranking 82nd on the list.
Maribeth Gallagher, director of Hospice of the Valley's Dementia program, has won international recognition for her leadership providing exceptional end-of-life care for dementia patients. Gallagher received first place in the "non-cancer" category in an awards contest sponsored by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Read more.
For the second consecutive year, Hospice of the Valley has been named one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers by the Phoenix Business Journal.
Maribeth Gallagher, director of Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program, has been named Program Manager of the Year by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America. She will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting May 2-4, 2012 in Phoenix.
Jonathon Etou, LPN, was recognized March 8 as the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year. He received the prestigious award from the National Board of Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses at the board’s national certification luncheon. Etou, who joined the agency in 2002, currently provides inpatient care.
Susan Levine, HOV executive director, was named one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women as part of the state's Centennial Legacy Project. The project honors women from diverse backgrounds who have contributed positively to the state’s future.
Hospice of the Valley volunteer Jane Conrow was been honored for her exceptional service as part of an awards program promoting volunteerism in conjunction with the State of Arizona's Centennial in February 2012.
Jean Marie Stockton, director of Hospice of the Valley's West Office, was honored by State District 9 Reps. Debbie Lesko and Rick Gray for her 30 years of service to the community. Stockton was presented a plaque and an American flag.
Anabell Castro Thompson, nurse practitioner and Hispanic community liaison, received the Latino Excellence in Health & Sciences award as part of Valle del Sol’s 2011 "Profiles of Success" Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration.
Hospice of the Valley Executive Director Susan Levine was appointed to the Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Advisory Council. Levine was appointed to the three-year term by the dean of the Harvard School of Medicine.
Anabell Castro Thompson, nurse practitioner and Hispanic community liaison, has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s "Forty-Under-40," a program honoring young leaders in the Phoenix metro market.
Hospice of the Valley ranked 79 in The Arizona Republic’s annual survey of the state’s top 100 employers. The not-for-profit agency had 1,566 full-time equivalent employees as of Dec. 31, 2010.
Hospice of the Valley was named to the Top 25 Workplaces for Women by az magazine, a publication of azcentral.com.
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Hospice of the Valley was named one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers by the Phoenix Business Journal. HOV was cited for its exceptional health and wellness program and for innovative strategies to maintain the health of its workforce.
Hospice of the Valley was honored with the 2011 Publisher's Award from Arizona Pride Guide in recognition of supporting the LGBT community. Publisher Michael McFall (left in photo) presented the award to Billie Myres, HOV bereavement counselor (right).
Hospice of the Valley Clinical Educator Barbara Schmal was welcomed as 2011 president of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses (NBCHPN). She has served on the board for the past three years.
Anabell Castro Thompson, an Hispanic community liaison and nurse practitioner, received the Horquilla Award from Los Diablos, the Latino alumni chapter of ASU. Thompson was recognized for her efforts in educating and serving the Hispanic community. Castro serves on the national board of Hispanic Nurses Association and is the director of education for Susan G. Komen. As director, Castro is determined to bridge the health care disparities that exist in the Hispanic community.
Gregory Mayer, MD, MBA, has been elected to the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Board of Directors. The board is responsible for the direction and international activities of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association. His term began Jan. 1, 2010.
Debbie Shumway, associate executive director and chief financial officer of Hospice of the Valley, has been named CFO of the Year in the non-profit category by the Arizona chapter of Financial Executives International.
Hospice of the Valley's grant-funded teaching program for healthcare professionals received the Excellence in End-of-Life Care Award from the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The program was lauded for serving as a model for end-of-life care.
Hospice of the Valley is the 2009 Business Ethics Award winner in the large company category in a contest sponsored by the Better Business Bureau. HOV was recognized for its commitment to developing, teaching and upholding ethical standards.
Kathy Melamed, director of clinical services for Hospice of the Valley’s East Office, was presented the statewide “Lifetime Achievement” award from the National Association of Social Workers’ Arizona chapter on March 6.
Volunteer area leader T. J. Houle was given the Outstanding Volunteer Caring Spirit Award by the Area Agency on Aging. The awards honor individuals and organizations devoted to improving the quality of life for older adults or special populations.
Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Program received second place in the National Home Care and Hospice Association’s Excellence in Innovation award contest. The award recognizes HOV for improving the lives of persons with dementia and their families.
Hospice of the Valley received The Arizona State Association of Adult Day Services Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a “team approach at one of the most difficult times in clients’ lives,” said MaryPat Sharp, co-president.
Hospice of the Valley won the non-profit category of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, considered the highest volunteer award in the state. The judges’ panel made the selection based on need, action, innovation and impact.
Susan Rose, a Hospice of the Valley volunteer since the agency’s inception 30 years ago, was presented the prestigious 2007 Hon Kachina Volunteer Award on Oct. 13 at Desert Ridge JW Marriott Resort & Spa.
Hospice of the Valley was honored as a Leader of the Year in Public Policy by the Arizona Capitol Times. The agency was selected for the award in the healthcare category for “innovative and progressive” end-of-life care.
Roger Parrott, CNA, in the Central Clinical Office, was given the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant of the Year Award in 2007 by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Eleanor Adams, RN, was named "Nurse of the Year" in the "Nursing Legends" category by the March of Dimes in November.
Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD, administrative medical director of HOV, was named a "Local Legend" in an award competition honoring exceptional women physicians. The Local Legends program is a partnership between the American Medical Women's Association and the National Library of Medicine, which seeks nominations from U.S. Senators and members of Congress. Hamilton was one of 11 nominees from Arizona.
HOV's White Dove Thrift Shoppe was named one of Phoenix's best by Phoenix Magazine in the August edition.
Cathy Brown, RN, a nurse educator for HOV, was chosen Nurse of the Year in January by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.