Debbie Shumway is executive director of Hospice of the Valley.
She assumed the top position this year after serving the agency since 1994. Over the years Shumway oversaw all aspects of agency operations, including clinical care, finance, fund development, volunteers, bereavement, information services and the thrift stores.
During that period, the agency grew from serving 140 patients a day with 120 staff members and a $5 million budget to supporting 3,000 patients a day with 1,300 staff and a $130 million budget.
In 2009, Shumway was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the nonprofit category by the Arizona chapter of Financial Executives International. She was cited for her leadership in growing Hospice of the Valley and for her management versatility.
Shumway graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, majoring in accounting and finance. Her introduction to hospice began as a young adult, when she accompanied her mother, a patient care volunteer for Hospice of the Valley.
Before joining the agency, Shumway worked as senior accountant and auditor for Arthur Anderson & Co.
“My goals for HOV are to continue to maintain the beautiful mission that has never changed since our origination—to provide comfort and dignity as life nears its end,” Shumway said. “At the same time, in this dynamic time in healthcare, we are excited to develop new programs and services to help providers support their patients. We look forward to continued collaboration with our community healthcare partners.”