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Every day, Hospice of the Valley strives to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients and families. Learn more about agency, our staff and our 40 year commitment to exceptional care in these recent stories by the news media.

June 12, 2024
Hospice of the Valley dementia program enriches young and old

At first glance, it looks like “Grandparents’ Day” at preschool — a roomful of giggling seniors playing peekaboo with a dozen toddlers.

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June 07, 2024
Hospice patient reunites with music student in Mesa after 40 years

When Hospice of the Valley music therapist Tammy Reiver first met patient Nancy Scullion and her husband Mike, it was clear the visit was going to be special.

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June 06, 2024
Surprise D-Day veteran honored on anniversary

At the tender age of 18, Surprise resident Ned Kent joined the Army. That was January 1940 — just four months into World War II — and he served faithfully through July 1945, virtually the end of the war.

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June 04, 2024
How to Provide Excellent Dementia Care for Patients with Dementia—and Their Families

Clinician knowledge about dementia is sometimes limited, regardless of one's extensive education. Familiarity with associated pathologies is one thing, but understanding how to navigate any number of challenges that commonly arise while attempting to optimize quality of life for people living with dementia, and their care partners, poses distinct challenges.

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May 23, 2024
Art, Wine and Generosity was Everywhere at ‘aaha!’ Benefit for Hospice of the Valley

The ballroom reveal exposed an elegant setting washed in blue with gorgeous spring florals. The most popular live auction items included the Triple Creek Ranch experience in Montana, a special dining experience by Chef Mark Tarbell for eight and a world-class European luxury river cruise, as well as two very special works of art: a life-size bronze sculpture from Roy Paul Madsen and a custom oil on canvas piece from Loren Yagoda.

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May 17, 2024
MFMD receives dementia training from Hospice of the Valley

The Maricopa Fire/Medical Department recently received dementia training hosted by Hospice of the Valley at a program titled “Dementia Moments.”

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May 07, 2024
Workshop allows participants to experience ‘dementia moments’

When Jewish Mayor Kate Gallego addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting in April 2022 for Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Care and Education Campus (DCEC) in Phoenix, she shared that she had a grandmother who had dementia.

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May 06, 2024
Hospice of the Valley volunteers visit Tucson patients

One of the most comforting aspects of hospice care is the compassionate support provided by a skilled team of doctors, nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, chaplains and bereavement counselors — all working together to customize a care plan to meet the unique needs of every patient and family.

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April 17, 2024
Golfers Tee Up for Hospice of the Valley

It was a picture-perfect day out at Grayhawk Golf Club for Hospice of the Valley’s 2024 Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna Healthcare. The March 28 event in Scottsdale raised over $53,000 for the nonprofit’s charity care programs.

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April 15, 2024
Local antique shop supports Hospice of the Valley

Paradise Valley resident Dain Calvin organized the fundraiser to support the nonprofit that provides services at no cost to many residents in the town. Hospice of the Valley cared for Calvin’s wife’s father who passed away in his home about a year and a half ago. They were a close family and he knows other friends and family who both used and worked for hospice.

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April 03, 2024
Hospice Nurse Plays Instrumental Role in Patient’s Joy

You see it at every symphony performance. People so enraptured by the music — their eyes close and their fingers dance in the air.

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March 21, 2024
Finding Beauty in the Present

Gillian Hamilton, M.D, Ph.D., has been fascinated with aging for as long as she has been in medicine. Gerontology, or the study of medicine in our aging population, is core to treating dementia. This specialty piqued Dr. Hamilton’s interest when she was a young volunteer at a local nursing home, eventually inspiring her to enter the medical field.

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March 04, 2024
Hospice of the Valley offering services in Tucson

We are honored to share that Hospice of the Valley is now serving patients and families in Tucson. Our nonprofit agency was founded by a group of volunteers in 1977 and our mission has never wavered: Bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community.

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February 23, 2024
Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Kelso and Coco Chanel

Nancy Kelso, a pet therapy volunteer, and her adorable Havanese, Coco Chanel, kick off our new volunteer and staff spotlight series. Kelso and Coco chatted about their background, their favorite memories from volunteering at the Dementia Care and Education Campus, and the importance of volunteerism.

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February 06, 2024
Don't wait to 'Choose Your Person'

National research shows that only about a third of Americans have created a living will or advance health care directive.

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January 10, 2024
Cutting-edge technology enhances life for pulmonary patients

Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, has changed John Rosso’s life, but not in the way one might imagine. This cheery-natured Scottsdale resident doesn’t focus on what he can no longer do. Instead, the 73-year-old channels his energy into pushing boundaries and overcoming challenges posed by the neurodegenerative disease.

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December 08, 2023
Sandpiper Scottsdale donates $4,000 in food for hospice patients

For the second year in a row, Sandpiper Scottsdale held a holiday food drive to benefit Hospice of the Valley patients and families in need. The community donated $4,000 in nonperishable food, along with $200 for extra groceries.

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December 04, 2023
Banner Health to close hospice operations; staff moves to Phoenix nonprofit

Arizona's largest health system is closing down its hospice operations and is transitioning its staff of 100 over to continue their work for a nonprofit hospice organization.

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November 14, 2023
Phoenix Suns Gorilla delights hospice patient

It was a slam dunk surprise for a North Scottsdale senior community when the Phoenix Suns Gorilla popped in for a visit. The team mascot wanted to thank a hospice patient for being a devoted fan for over 50 years. He bounded into ClearWater Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale with arms full of team swag for 88-year-old Lee Kragenbring.

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October 24, 2023
These Valley businesses lead the way in energy efficiency, sustainability

SRP has named 14 local businesses Champions of Sustainability for achievements in electrification, energy efficiency and clean energy through participation in its Business Solutions Program.

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October 16, 2023
Mercy Care donates $670,000 to help launch Choose Your Person

Mercy Care, Hospice of the Valley and Contexture are collaborating on a community education campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of making and documenting advance healthcare decisions. This initiative, called Choose Your Person, encourages Arizonans to start the process by selecting a healthcare power of attorney.

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October 13, 2023
‘Choose Your Person’ helps for end-of-life care

The Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry, which houses living wills, power of attorneys’ forms and medical care directives for pre-hospital and end of life care, has grown by about 22,000 accounts in the past two years.

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October 04, 2023
Phoenix Theatre Group Delights People Living with Dementia

It’s a little magical how a small theater troupe can walk through the door and instantly transform the space around them. That’s exactly what five talented actors do so effortlessly as part of Phoenix Theatre’s Partners That Heal program.

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August 09, 2023
Hands-on training helps Apache Junction police understand dementia

First responders have no idea what they’ll encounter on any given day, so they strive to be prepared for every possibility. That includes responding to emergencies that involve someone living with dementia. This challenging disease is the fourth leading cause of death in Arizona and is projected to affect 200,000 Arizonans by 2025.

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August 08, 2023
College students change the lives of people with dementia

A Mesa Community College foreign exchange student discovered the perfect way to feel at home in a new city. Buhari Abdulai signed up for the College Partners Program offered by Hospice of the Valley.

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August 07, 2023
Unique Dementia Program Enriches Young and Old

At first glance, it looks like “Grandparents’ Day” at preschool — a roomful of giggling seniors playing peekaboo with a dozen adorable toddlers. Welcome to a one-of-a-kind Intergenerational Enrichment Program, where people living with dementia enjoy activities, social engagement, and the excitement of interacting with young kids.

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July 01, 2023
Caring and compassion – mixed with lots of fun

Hospice of the Valley unveils intergenerational enrichment program. Hospice of the Valley’s (HOV) Dementia Care and Education Campus helps people with all types and stages of dementia, providing support from diagnosis through hospice care.

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July 01, 2023
Important family conversations

It’s a special honor to care for people at all stages of life. Whether it’s a child or adult, whether it’s care for chronic illness or hospice services, our goal is the same: to provide comfort, dignity and compassionate care. An important part of achieving comfort comes from knowing your medical affairs are in order well in advance.

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May 21, 2023
12 News' Lin Sue Flood moved on: 'I loved what I did. But I really love what I do now'

In early May, Lin Sue Flood returned to 12 News. For one night only, though some viewers were hoping for more. The station brought back former anchors and reporters as part of its 70th anniversary. Flood joined her former co-anchor, Mark Curtis, and her replacement, Caribe Devine.

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May 12, 2023
D-backs hit grand slam with 100-year-old hospice patient

Growing up in the Babe Ruth era, Myra Blaker has been a lifelong baseball fan. After moving to Phoenix from Chicago, she pledged loyalty to her hometown Arizona Diamondbacks — even posting their game schedule on her front door. In the weeks leading up to their home opener at Chase Field, all she talked about was baseball.

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April 12, 2023
Hospice team helps 101-year-old math whiz share secret to solving Rubik’s Cube

Dr. Evar Nering’s passion for numbers has only grown stronger over a century of living. The 101-year-old began his career as a young man at Princeton, earning his Ph.D. in Mathematics.

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March 28, 2023
Concert promoter Danny Zelisko gives hospice patient surprise of a lifetime

David Roberts loves Styx so much he’s seen the rock band in concert 10 times. His dream was to see them once more. He bought tickets to their performance in March at Celebrity Theatre, knowing he might not make it. David, 73, is battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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March 22, 2023
For volunteers and hospice patients, Spanish is their love language

Jacobo Dieppa’s fondest memory is spending time with family and friends in the Cuban household in Miami where he grew up.

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March 21, 2023
Hospice of the Valley gala raises record funds for dementia care

The incredible generosity of the community was displayed in grand fashion at Hospice of the Valley’s annual art auction “Aaha! Art. Food. Wine,” where the nonprofit raised a record $650,000 to support innovative dementia care programs for families across the Valley.

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March 03, 2023
Fundraiser supports dementia care in the Valley

Enjoy a beautiful evening out while supporting a wonderful cause at Hospice of the Valley’s signature fundraiser: aaha! art. food. wine. In 45 years, no one in need of care has been turned away by the not-for-profit agency, and that is largely due to community generosity.

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February 06, 2023
Artist finds his passion again, thanks to unlikely muses

When Artino Sims was born, his father was so sure he’d grow up to be an artist that he gave him a name to seal his destiny.

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January 31, 2023
Piano Gift Hits High Note for People with Dementia

When Steve Harnden brought home a beautiful ebony baby grand, he envisioned his wife learning to play an instrument she had always loved. Monica was thrilled. The piano even had a “player piano” feature so it could play tunes by itself.

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January 26, 2023
Retired Sky12 reporter Jerry Foster takes his final flight

Foster was Arizona's first sky broadcaster, bringing families the news from a helicopter to their homes between the 1970s through the early 1990s.

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January 17, 2023
Simulation puts first responders in the shoes of people with dementia

It’s not easy to rattle a firefighter, but that’s exactly what Hospice of the Valley did to a roomful of first responders from the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department who had signed up for a training exercise.

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December 12, 2022
Grieving children and families find healing at New Song Center

When Melissa Alvarado’s oldest daughter, Gloria, died in May, she quickly realized her family needed professional support and to be around others who could fully grasp their pain.

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December 05, 2022
Dementia education comes to a doctor near you soon

It’s staggering to think that 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. You may even know a relative, friend or neighbor who has it.

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October 26, 2022
89-year-old Chandler artist inspires her hospice team

She was 60 years old when her husband asked if there was anything in life she wanted to do, but hadn’t tried. MacDonald chose two things: play the piano and take up painting. Before she knew it, he’d bought her a piano and paint supplies.

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October 01, 2022
Hospice patient discovers purpose as ‘Lego Master’

Forget bingo. Forget “old movies.” Ron Parmley has no interest in the activities his housemates enjoy at Lincoln Heights, an assisted living home in Phoenix. “I’ve always liked to work with my hands,” the 82-year-old explains.

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September 20, 2022
How Arizona is managing rising number of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases

From a statistics standpoint, the trajectory of people in the U.S. at risk of Alzheimer’s disease is sobering. According to a 2022 report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, “By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s or dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million.”

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August 31, 2022
Hospice of the Valley celebrates 45 years serving Arizona

Hospice of the Valley is proud to be celebrating a very special milestone this year. It was 45 years ago in the fall of 1977 when a group of volunteers founded our not-for-profit community hospice.

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August 23, 2022
Hospice of the Valley needs volunteers for the Legacy Corps program

Bright and early, every weekday morning before she heads to work, Meredith Bartlett shows up at her friend Larry Lambert's house. The Navy veteran is always waiting with a smile and a hug. Together, they take his dog for a walk around his Phoenix neighborhood.

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August 10, 2022
White Dove Gift to Orpheum Theatre archives

One of our longtime Mesa White Dove Thrift Shoppe volunteers had a hunch that several donated posters had historic value. Her research led her to the Orpheum Theatre​. Suffice to say, the posters are back where they belonged!

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July 21, 2022
Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe earns congressional recognition

The Glendale White Dove Thrift Shoppe has been a favorite destination for bargain shoppers since 2015, thanks to the dedication of its friendly staff and compassionate volunteers.

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July 14, 2022
Certified nursing assistants in high demand in Arizona

The global pandemic highlighted not only the skill and compassion of health care workers, but also the stamina and resilience it takes to do their jobs.

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June 13, 2022
‘Dementia Moments’ teach Valley high schoolers a lifetime of compassion

Arcadia High School teacher Darcy Brodison knows the best way to drive a lesson home is to touch a student’s heart.

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May 19, 2022
$25 million Phoenix campus offers one-stop shop for dementia support

A $25 million campus created to serve a fast-growing population of Arizonans with various forms of dementia has partially opened on 3.2 acres in Phoenix.

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May 19, 2022
Memory Café connects Valley families on the dementia journey

When Tim Shaffer’s wife was diagnosed with dementia, both their lives changed. In the blink of an eye, he became her caregiver. Suddenly, Tim was the one responsible for keeping her safe and meeting her daily needs. “I was looking for answers, trying to figure out why certain behaviors were occurring,” he confesses. “I was extremely frustrated and angry.” 

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May 03, 2022
Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Care and Education Campus opens in Phoenix

As Mayor Kate Gallego addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting on April 19 for Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Care and Education Campus in Phoenix, she shared that she had a grandmother who had dementia.

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April 22, 2022
Horse farm visit a dream come true for former volunteer

As a hospital chaplain, community mentor, teacher and volunteer, Earl Cooper was known for his compassion for those in greatest need. “His second love was horses,” Hospice of the Valley social worker Samantha Teddi Deetz said of her 83-year-old patient.

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April 14, 2022
Boxed Up Project helps children unpack grief

Most of us have difficulty accepting the death of someone we love, but that’s especially true for a child. At just 6, Milan Coraggio-Sewell didn’t understand how her best friend could suddenly vanish from her life.

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March 21, 2022
Hospice of the Valley auction nets over $500,000 for dementia care

Our community turned out in spectacular fashion to raise a record $514,000 for Hospice of the Valley’s innovative dementia care programs.

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March 17, 2022
Hospice trains Benevilla staff in Dementia Moments

This workshop is an eight-minute experience that presses participants to perform some daily living tasks as if they were living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Members of Hospice of the Valley’s dementia team visited Benevilla, which serves older adults, adults with disabilities and their caregivers in the West Valley.

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March 14, 2022
As His Memory Fades, Veteran Finds Joy in Bonding with Volunteer

Bright and early, every weekday morning before she heads to work, Meredith Bartlett shows up at her friend Larry’s house. The Navy veteran is always waiting with a smile and a hug. Together, they take his dog for a walk around the neighborhood.

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February 21, 2022
An Art, Food and Wine Experience to Benefit Hospice of the Valley

We are so grateful to local businesses and individuals whose donations make this event shine with beautiful pieces of art and memorable experiences ranging from a fabulous trip in Greece (Athens, Crete, Santorini) to a private dinner for friends prepared by local chefs.

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February 14, 2022
Caregivers empowered by ‘Understanding Dementia’

When a loved one has an illness like dementia, it affects the entire family. Spouses and adult children often step into the role of caregiver, unprepared for the challenges ahead.

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January 26, 2022
Campus Helps Our Community Live Well With Dementia

It’s astonishing to think that right this moment, there are 5.8 million Americans living with dementia. Arizona currently has the nation’s highest growth rate for the condition, with more than 200,000 cases predicted by 2025.

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January 26, 2022
Hospice of the Valley provides culturally sensitive care for every stage of illness

Since 1977, Hospice of the Valley’s experienced care teams have been tending to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and supporting their family members. As one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the country, HOV provides a safety net for those with no insurance, turning no one away for lack of financial resources.

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January 18, 2022
Hospice patient shares lifelong passion: 2 million stamps in collection

It was 1939, and Monroe Wingate was just 9 years old when his father returned home from a business trip with a little package of German stamps.

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January 16, 2022
'It's going to touch all of us': What groups are doing to help people with dementia

Arizona is known for a warmer climate attractive to late-career workers and retirees, but experts believe it will soon also be known for having the largest population of people with dementia.

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January 01, 2022
Community Philanthropy Truly Changes Lives

We are humbled by the outpouring of community generosity that helps expand our nonprofit mission. Since 1977, we have remained focused on bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community, and we could not do it without the people, businesses and volunteer groups who give their time, talent and donations.

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December 23, 2021
A Photo Essay: The Face of the Future of Caregiving

With Arizona having the highest growth rate of people living with dementia, there is a critical need for healthcare workers specializing in geriatrics and dementia care. See how Hospice of the Valley’s dementia team is working with medical students to help meet this need… now and in the future.

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December 10, 2021
Helping Patients with Possible Dementia

Dementia is simply a decline in cognition interfering with daily functioning involving one or more areas: learning and memory, language, executive function, complex attention, perceptual-motor, and social cognition.

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December 08, 2021
Social worker surprises Scottsdale 87-year-old with the gift of music

Inside 87-year-old Shirley Myers' house, many things point to her love of music. She has a wall full of performance pictures, wears a necklace of medals, and lives with a husband who can't help but rave about her voice.

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November 30, 2021
The Best Gift Ever

The holidays are upon us… and so is the frenzied search for gifts to delight all the special people in our lives.

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November 16, 2021
Advanced Illness Partners

Healthcare is quickly evolving these days and providers, hospital groups, and private and government health plans are all looking toward value-based care as a way to improve outcomes and lower cost.

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November 01, 2021
Hospice of the Valley unveils Dementia Care and Education Campus

For over 40 years, Hospice of the Valley has served families of people with severe and chronic illnesses. The not-for-profit, community-based provider is now ready to expand with their brand-new campus in Arcadia, located at 44th St. and Indianola Ave.

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October 20, 2021
Sharing the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia

The holidays can be both enjoyable and stressful. The hustle and bustle may cause fatigue and overstimulation in someone living with dementia, leading to confusion, anxiety or agitation. Caregivers may become overwhelmed, particularly with the additional challenges posed by COVID-19.

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September 30, 2021
Honoring the Work of Hospice Chaplains During National Chaplain Month

Hospice of the Valley chaplain Ken Collins remembers visiting a patient with ALS who was no longer able to speak but used eye contact to type on a computer. Ken had no idea she would pass away soon afterwards and was stunned when the woman’s husband revealed one of her last wishes — I want Ken to lead my memorial service

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September 02, 2021
Hospice of the Valley Offers Opportunity To Help Military Families

One of the most fulfilling things we can do in life is serve others. Ideally, the happiness we derive is all the thanks we need. But an amazing program called Legacy Corps is making it even more rewarding to help others.

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July 24, 2021
Join New Song Center and help heal hearts

When a child dies, parents struggle with profound grief. New Song Center for Grieving Children helps families pick up the pieces and move toward healing.

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June 25, 2021
Hospice of the Valley recognized for supporting Arizona veterans

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society presented Hospice of the Valley with the prestigious Copper Eagle Award for compassionately supporting veterans in the community.

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June 07, 2021
Salt River community icon opens tribal roundhouse to hospice caregivers

When you arrive at Royce Manuel’s home on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale, the first thing you notice is the hundreds of colorful ribbons tied around several willow staffs lining his front yard.

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May 29, 2021
112 classic cars and 1 cause: Hospice

In just four weeks, Griffin organized Classic Cars for a Cause to benefit Hospice of the Valley patients and families in financial need. More than 110 one-of-a-kind cars participated in the May 1 event at Cooper Crossing Executive Suites in Chandler, where he works.

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May 04, 2021
Community comes together to honor WWII veteran on 100th birthday

Most of us observe Veteran’s Day in November, but the celebration came a bit early for a very special World War II veteran turning 100 years old.

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April 25, 2021
Great nurses prove compassion is just the right Rx

When nurse Gina Day showed up at Golden Heritage Assisted Living in Scottsdale to care for Joan Cullen, she noticed right away that her sweet patient’s hair had been set and styled for a special occasion: her 91st birthday party. Her immediate response was to tell Joan how pretty she looked.

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April 23, 2021
Gilbert teen’s origami project wins award

Charles Zhang, a 17-year-old student at Hamilton High School, has volunteered at Hospice of the Valley since February 2019, the nonprofit’s teen volunteer coordinator Laurence Sinn said.

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April 22, 2021
Hospice of the Valley surprises Goodyear veteran with special tribute

It was an emotional day to remember for veteran Kenneth Hamrick. Not only did the staff at The Groves in Goodyear invite family and friends to a patio party to celebrate his 89th birthday, his Hospice of the Valley care team had another surprise in the works: a Salutes visit to honor his military service. Kenneth served as an Army private for two years during the Korean War. 

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April 07, 2021
23rd Annual Pro-Am Tournament at Grayhawk Raises Thousands for Hospice

Lots of fun under the sun at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale for the 23rd annual Pro-Am benefitting Hospice of the Valley’s patients and families. Thanks to volunteer chairman Jay Hoselton, 24 fabulous foursomes, and 25 talented pros from the Southwest Section of the PGA, $31,000 was raised, bringing the 23-year total to over $914,000.

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March 27, 2021
Celebrating National Volunteer Week — 365 days a year

The silver lining in these challenging times is a collective recognition of the amazing work our healthcare workers do day in and day out. They deserve all our accolades and prayers, for this crisis is far from over.

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March 14, 2021
Valley Irishman makes virtual visit to boyhood home for St. Patrick’s Day

Alzheimer’s disease has robbed 82-year-old Brendan “Eamon” Treanor of day-to-day memories. Yet he can vividly recall his childhood in tiny Monaghan, Ireland, where he went to school, played soccer and lived on a street called St. Patrick’s Terrace.

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February 25, 2021
Social workers are essential — especially at Hospice of the Valley

Ron Haholy had given up on a motor scooter, since his insurance didn’t cover it. Only his Hospice of the Valley social worker Kim Boersema realized how sad that made him. The 70-year-old had endured a lot — he had lost his wife and was struggling with serious illnesses that severely affected his mobility.

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February 11, 2021
ASU-based Legacy Corps adds Hospice of the Valley as its latest partner organization

Legacy Corps, a national organization based at Arizona State University that provides caregiver support services for veterans and military families, has welcomed Phoenix-based Hospice of the Valley as its latest partner organization.

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February 09, 2021
‘Surprise!’ Silver anniversary dinner delights lovebirds

Liz Hughes believes in everlasting love. In Kent, she found a truly devoted partner who has been by her side for 25 years for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer and, inevitably, in sickness and in health.

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January 11, 2021
One Hospice of the Valley patient is hoping his art can find a permanent home — and soon

As a child, Paul Corbani spent hours in his room constructing intricate shoebox-size models of fabulous backdrops he conjured up in his head. He spent many more hours daydreaming about actually stepping inside those miniature scenes.

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December 15, 2020
2020 ends with gifts of love, kindness

The most magical thing about the holidays is the way we so joyfully give to others. Not just our friends and families — but to complete strangers who are in need. At Hospice of the Valley, we look forward to some annual traditions that remind us how blessed we are to be able to bless others.

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December 09, 2020
There’s no tissue box on Zoom: Grief support groups adapt to consoling from afar

Penny Bankhead says a prayer and spends a few minutes centering herself. She sits at her desk in her spare bedroom in northeast Phoenix, powers on her laptop and logs on to Zoom, where she is greeted by a screen full of familiar faces: volunteers in a grief support group.

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December 04, 2020
Golf Tournament Supports Hospice of the Valley

It was a perfect day to tee up some fun — and fun-raising — out at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course in Scottsdale! The 2020 Hospice of the Valley Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, raised over $31,000.

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December 03, 2020
Hospice of the Valley patient’s life inspires ‘A Song for Melba’

Hospice of the Valley patient Melba Deal and her husband, Bob, were surrounded by family as they heard  for the first time  “A Song for Melba.” The soulful lyrics, written and recorded by New York City musician Emily Cavanagh, capture the love between two people who have shared 64 years together.

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November 13, 2020
Light Up A Life Community Remembrance Event Goes Virtual Nov. 22

The global pandemic has changed the way we work, play and live…and, no doubt, will alter the way we celebrate the holiday season.

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November 10, 2020
Coping with loss this holiday season

The holidays can be challenging for anyone — but that’s especially true if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Sadness can magnify the stress of the season. Instead of excitement and joy, you may be feeling a little empty and lost. 

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November 03, 2020
Understanding Grief and Loss

There has been a lot of talk about grief recently in relation to COVID-19. Grief about the deaths of those who have died from the disease but also grief about change and missed opportunities. You may be wondering, what is grief? And how does it affect us?

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November 01, 2020
Hospice of the Valley offers enhanced care for Jewish families

Hospice of the Valley has received a prestigious national certification for its long history of providing culturally sensitive care to Jewish families in our community.

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November 01, 2020
Caring for A Loved One with Dementia? Hospice of the Valley Provides Free Support

Family caregivers often feel overwhelmed, anxious and isolated while they are caring for a person with dementia. They want to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible but wonder how to make it all work. Thanks to a federal grant, Hospice of the Valley can now help these families at no charge.

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October 27, 2020
Hospice of the Valley Volunteers Find New Ways to Serve

Not only have businesses needed to adapt and pivot during COVID-19 but so has the way we interact and take care of each other. This is especially true at Hospice of the Valley, an end of life care facility located in Maricopa County.

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October 18, 2020
HOV’s innovative programs lauded for stellar care

Many AZPHC patients confide that they felt helpless and hopeless  until they found Hospice of the Valley’s palliative care program and experienced the full-spectrum care.

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September 24, 2020
Hospice of the Valley chaplains support the community in uncertain times

The spiritual support that chaplains offer at end of life has always been an essential component of Hospice of the Valley’s holistic care.

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September 18, 2020
Hospice of the Valley offers tips on dealing with grief during pandemic

Acknowledgment of loss, acceptance of today’s reality, and the advancement of life are the three key principles to the process of cultivating strength and comfort in the pandemic, according to a Hospice of the Valley chaplain.

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September 15, 2020
Create a Successful Teen Hospice Volunteer Program

Hospice may not seem like a natural draw for teens, but the Hospice of the Valley has found many teens are eager to help patients with end-of-life care. The program has benefited both patients and volunteers.

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September 13, 2020
Hospice of the Valley celebrates Hispanic heritage

While Hispanic Heritage Month is traditionally celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 30, it’s a year-round priority for many community agencies, including Hospice of the Valley.

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September 08, 2020
HOV celebra la Herencia Hispana con atención a los valores culturales

Por motivos culturales, muchas familias hispanas todavía consideran los cuidados paliativos como un “lugar” en vez de una filosofía de atención.

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September 01, 2020
HOV receives grant to provide free dementia support

Family caregivers often feel overwhelmed, anxious and isolated while they are caring for a person with dementia. They want to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible, but wonder how to make it all work. 

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August 24, 2020
Phoenix Stories 2020: Hospice of the Valley volunteers love saluting veterans

Hospice of the Valley's mission since 1977 has never wavered: We bring comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community. We're dedicated to providing personalized care to those who suffer advanced illness, are living with dementia or nearing life's end.

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August 22, 2020
Hospice of the Valley provides culturally sensitive end-of-life care to Jewish patients

Operating Hospice of the Valley is an enormous undertaking. It was founded by volunteers in 1977 as Arizona’s first hospice. Today, Hospice of the Valley has almost 1,500 employees and has become the largest hospice in the nation.

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August 19, 2020
Hospice of the Valley earns prestigious Alzheimer's grant

Hospice of the Valley has been awarded a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living to serve more families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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July 23, 2020
Hospice of the Valley volunteers honor our veterans

Denny Bash’s military career is one of steely dedication — the Vietnam-era veteran served 32 years in the Navy, spending nearly half of that time providing medical support for the Marines. And when his children joined the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, he joined it too.

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July 05, 2020
Community heroes rise above coronavirus

This year has been challenging. COVID-19 has forever changed our lives. But in the midst of global uncertainty and sadness over so many lives lost, I am astonished by the kindness and compassion strangers are showing one another. We truly are “in this together.”

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July 01, 2020
Adapting Hospice Care During COVID-19

Deb Shumway, CEO of Hospice of the Valley, tells how a strong culture helped her staff care for patients amid uncertainty, fear, and daunting challenges.

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June 02, 2020
Thrifty is Nifty: White Dove shop debuts in Arcadia

Few things are as satisfying as stumbling upon something unique, beautiful or charming—and then paying pennies on the dollar for it, because you discovered it in a thrift store! I confess to being an avid thrift shopper who delights in finding one-of-a-kind bargains.

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June 01, 2020
Mindful Care: Maribeth Gallagher has spent her career understanding dementia

Maribeth Gallagher has witnessed the power of music. As a longtime professional singer, Gallagher moved audiences with her voice, warming up crowds for the likes of Donna Summer, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis and the News and Frankie Valli.

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May 16, 2020
The Hospice Conversation

The purpose of hospice care is to maximize quality of life for patients in the last phases of a disease that cannot be cured. Hospice care provides collaborative and comprehensive care for the patient and the family at a most difficult time.

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May 16, 2020
Pet Therapy has a Soothing and Calm Impact on the Soul

My dog thinks he’s a person. Probably because I treat him like one. I say “please” when I ask him to sit. I say “thank you” when he pauses at the door to let me go first. He sits patiently when I brush his teeth — and dings a hotel bell with his paw to indicate he’d like to go outdoors.

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May 01, 2020
Hospice of the Valley to open 5th thrift store

Hospice of the Valley announces the opening of its fifth White Dove Thrift Shoppe in late May or early June. It is the second store in Phoenix and the fifth Valley-wide. Proceeds from all White Dove stores help provide care for Hospice of the Valley patients and families without insurance or financial means.

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April 27, 2020
Friends honor Scottsdale centenarian with a parade

Friends, family and Hospice of the Valley staffers congregated to celebrate the 100th birthday of a special Scottsdale resident, Opal Grandon, with drive-by parade.

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April 15, 2020
Caregivers Can Live Well With Dementia Too!

It’s a staggering thought, but right this moment, there are 5.8 million Americans living with dementia. Arizona currently has 140,000 cases and we also have the nation’s highest growth rate for dementia. Experts forecast a 43% spike between 2017 and 2025.

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April 10, 2020
10 ways to find comfort in uncertain times

In times of great stress, we are especially vulnerable; the social distancing we are all practicing to stay safe is taking its toll and we are challenged trying to keep our children mentally and physically active.

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April 03, 2020
Cómo encontrar consuelo en tiempos de incertidumbre

En épocas de mucho estrés, estamos especialmente vulnerables. Tener una actitud positiva, mantener una conexión diaria con otras personas y recuperar la sensación de control en nuestra vida puede ayudarnos a aliviar la tensión y el aislamiento.

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April 01, 2020
Hospice of Valley volunteers help in many ways

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and Hospice of the Valley is honored to have more than 2,100 dedicated volunteers supporting our mission.

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March 11, 2020
Benevilla launches dementia training at bistro

Birt’s Bistro at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, is the restaurant chosen for the launch of the “Purple Table Project,” to bring awareness on being “dementia friendly” in public places in the local community.

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March 09, 2020
Hospice of Valley patient battling rare heart condition takes helicopter ride

Six months ago, a Valley man was given six months to live. On Monday, he had his “final dream” realized when he took a helicopter flight high above the Superstitions and Roosevelt Lake.

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March 01, 2020
Hospice of the Valley Builds Premier National Reputation With Palliative Care Fellowships

Never, ever underestimate the power of sharing. If you take the time to explain what you know–or spend some time show­ing what you do–it can literally change lives.

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February 24, 2020
AZ doctor uses virtual reality to simulate dementia

Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers anymore. Doctors who believe it has the potential to create different auditory and visual sensations emulating the sensory experience of those who deal with dementia are also using it.

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February 22, 2020
Gala supports charity care and community programs

We’ve all felt that glow in our hearts when we’ve done something to make life better for someone in need.

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February 19, 2020
5-pound bundle of joy steals heart

Bruce Moses may be battling heart disease, but he is not doing it alone. By his side, is his devoted daughter. Looking after his medical and spiritual needs, is his dedicated hospice team. And to nurture his emotional well-being, is a 5-pound bundle of joy who has stolen his heart.

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February 06, 2020
Phoenix Symphony performs for dementia patients at Gardiner Home

We often hear about the healing powers of music, and the Phoenix Symphony is using their artistic ability to do just that.

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February 05, 2020
Shabbat Blessings volunteers explain draw of hospice work

Two Hospice of the Valley volunteers, in the Shabbat Blessings program, share their experiences serving Jewish patients and families at such a difficult time of life.

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January 25, 2020
Hospice making history with dementia campus

On a shiny Friday afternoon in January, nearly 200 guests gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of an innovative, one-of-a-kind campus at 3811 N. 44th St., in Phoenix’s Arcadia area.

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January 13, 2020
Hospice of the Valley to break ground on innovative dementia campus

We embark on a new decade celebrating a huge milestone in our efforts to help families live well with dementia, a disease expected to affect 200,000 Arizonans within just five years.

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December 28, 2019
War hero embraces support to carry on as wife’s caregiver

The day after Christmas, most of us will still be celebrating, but Charlie Wilson will be reflecting upon the hardest day of his life. Dec. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest sea disaster of the Vietnam War. Wilson, 87, husband and caregiver of Hospice of the Valley patient Mary Wilson, was the captain of Merchant Marine vessel SS Badger State. The ship was bound for Vietnam in late 1969 when its cargo of bombs tragically detonated.

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December 13, 2019
Hospice of the Valley chaplains bring spiritual comfort to Hispanic patients

When Cristiano Artigas visits patient Maria Estrada Hernandez at her west Phoenix home, the Hospice of the Valley chaplain has one goal: To move her focus away from her pain as he comforts her and prays for her in Spanish, their native language.

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December 12, 2019
Hospice group to embark on $25M Phoenix campus

Hospice of the Valley is making plans to build a dementia care and education campus in east Phoenix.

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December 10, 2019
Valley doctor uses virtual reality to teach kids about dementia, Alzheimer's

Hamilton is giving students at Metro Tech High School a crash course in dementia. "You can't really care about somebody unless you understand what it's like to be them," said Hamilton.

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December 03, 2019
Arizona Dementia Doctor Uses Virtual Reality To Help Teach Empathy To Students

Is it possible to teach empathy? That’s what one Arizona doctor is trying to do using virtual reality. The experience aims to help younger people understand what it’s like to have dementia — and encourage them to pursue careers in the aging and dementia fields.

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November 19, 2019
Magic of Pet Therapy

Hospice care is a difficult time and Pet Therapy can help make a difference in the lives of staff and patients.

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November 16, 2019
Hospice volunteers honor fading first responders

Much like our touching program that honors military veteran patients, Hospice of the Valley volunteers are helping us grow a similar program called Honoring First Responders.

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November 12, 2019
With Hospice of the Valley support, ‘I can be a mom and not a caregiver’

Fear, guilt and loneliness consumed Jamie Stutzman and Kathleen Muldoon, two working moms whose children require round-the-clock medical care

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November 11, 2019
Baking dog treats for HOV’s Pet Connections gives veteran new purpose in life

Steve Sturtz darts across a spacious kitchen of his Everlasting Community Services home in Ahwatukee, grabbing a bag of flour, oatmeal, peanut butter and a rolling pin. 

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October 31, 2019
HOV Nurse Learns The Amazing Backstory Of Mesa Icon

When Bessie Medigovich visited her beloved patient, Wayne Pomeroy, shortly before he died in April, the Hospice of the Valley nurse had no idea the affable 98-year-old was a bona fide Mesa icon. All she saw was an extremely kind man and “very family-oriented person” adored by his four girls.

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October 26, 2019
Simulation shows what it’s like to have dementia

Imagine not remembering where you live. Forgetting your name. Not recognizing your own family members. That’s what it’s like to live with dementia.

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October 21, 2019
Capellanes de Hospice of the Valley brindan confort espiritual a pacientes hispanos

Los capellanes ayudan a que el paciente se olvide del dolor mientras la conforta y reza por ella en español, su idioma materno

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September 28, 2019
99-year-old paved way for today’s women athletes

Helen Nicol is a 99-year-old Hospice of the Valley patient who was in the right place at the right time — with a wicked right arm.

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July 29, 2019
Equipo hispano de 'Hospice of the Valley' mejora cuidado de pacientes

El hogar de Mary Lou Salazar en el oeste de Phoenix es un santuario de su arte inspirado en el sudoeste mexicano, que cubre las paredes, las puertas, los muebles, los azulejos, los recipientes de cerámica, la vajilla y hasta las botas favoritas de su difunto marido.

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July 19, 2019
Phoenix Stories 2019: Hospice of the Valley — The magic of love

Walter Brown cracks jokes, pets his ‘cat’ Sweetheart, watches Westerns with his buddy, and reminisces about his service in World War II.

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July 10, 2019
A Heart for Volunteering

Susan Rose was Hospice of the Valley’s very first volunteer in 1977 and has continued to lovingly visit our patients and families for 42 years!

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July 01, 2019
99-year-old war vet receives special tribute

Army veteran Chester Dorr has been honored multiple times for his World War II service, including storming the beaches of Normandy in France on June 6, 1944.

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June 23, 2019
Lin Sue Cooney: Hospice volunteer helps chef stay in the kitchen

Whether it's Hungarian paprika chicken, sausage lentil soup or Brussels sprouts with pickled onion, Mark Adinolfi loves to try new recipes. He is happiest feeding his passion: whipping up gourmet dishes for his wife, Jeanne, and daughter, Sophia.

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June 17, 2019
Phoenix Fire, mayor making dementia training a priority

During her first State of the City address, Mayor Kate Gallego announced the fire department is on its way to making Phoenix a dementia-friendly city.

With the number of people with the condition expected to grow 45% by 2025, the department has already seen an uptick of dementia playing a role in its calls.

“Dementia is a growing health crisis in our community,” Gallego told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday.

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June 16, 2019
PHXTV’s “Phoenix Pets” features Hospice of the Valley’s pet therapy teams

In this episode: PHXTV’s "Phoenix Pets" focuses on therapy and service animals. Hospice of the Valley shows how our volunteer core and animals make a difference in our patients’ lives.

PHXTV’s "Phoenix Pets" premiered on Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

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May 15, 2019
Dementia Training For Phoenix First Responders Comes To Life

A year ago, Hospice of the Valley invited a group of 15 people to participate in a fellowship program in which they came up with ideas that could improve care for people living with dementia. One of those fellows was a Phoenix Fire Department captain.

Today, Dan Daley is a retired Phoenix fire captain. When he was selected to participate in the fellowship his goal was pretty straight forward: educate Phoenix firefighter paramedics about dementia.

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April 16, 2019
Innovation in Arizona:

Caring for a loved one with advanced chronic illness is challenging. So is looking after a family member who’s been diagnosed with dementia. Caregiving is an around-the-clock job, and those who do it often have little or no training before it’s thrust upon them. They often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and isolated. It’s precisely for these struggling families that the unique care programs at Hospice of the Valley, a not-for-profit agency in Phoenix, Arizona, have been designed.

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April 05, 2019
ASU students use the power of music to improve health in hospice care

Two years ago, ASU science students and musicians Megan Taylor and Sabrina Leung had an idea: To bridge the gap between music and medicine by providing a creative way to help those with serious illnesses.

From that idea, their club Music Meets Medicine was born.

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March 30, 2019
Planning for the end is a gift for those you love

April 16 is not just another day on your calendar. This year, it also happens to be National Healthcare Decisions Day. A day when people in all 50 states are encouraged to do some end-of-life planning.

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March 02, 2019
Dementia can’t dim love story 54 years in making

Gerald calls it her “million-dollar smile” because of the beautiful way it lights up her face and the tingly way it makes him feel. He fell in love with the smile and the girl and married both.

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January 22, 2019
Longtime newscaster Lin Sue Cooney to speak on hospice care position

Former newscaster Lin Sue Cooney will speak on her transition from journalism and transitions involved in hospice care for loved ones.

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January 04, 2019
Hospice of the Valley offers support in Fountain Hills

Did you know that Hospice of the Valley provides grief support to anyone who needs it in the Valley?

The support groups are free and open to those who are grieving.

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January 04, 2019
Connecting students to hospice and palliative care as career options through real-world experience

The World Health Organization estimates roughly 47 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia. By 2050, that number is expected to almost triple.

John O’Donnell, 77, of Sun City, Arizona, has been living with dementia for the past seven years.

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December 01, 2018
Holidays can be hard on people grieving a loss, so be kind to yourself

I recently shared a bittersweet experience with hundreds of strangers in a city park.

We didn’t know each other, but it didn’t matter. We were all there for the same heartfelt reason — to honor someone we love who isn’t here anymore.

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November 19, 2018
Vietnam veteran gets his dying wish

Ken Jones loved motorcycles his entire life. His social worker helped his dying wish come true: one final ride before he passes on.

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November 01, 2018
Hospice of the Valley wins 2018 Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association

Hospice of the Valley wins 2018 Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association
Known as the leading provider of hospice care in central Arizona for more than 40 years, Hospice of the Valley has been honored for pioneering innovative programs that serve as models of inspiration for care providers across the country.

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November 01, 2018
Roger the Hiking Cat

For years, Tracy Howell of Scottsdale dreamed of owning a cool gray cat who would walk on a leash with her on hikes.

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October 25, 2018
Annual health conference held in Marana kicks-off on Thursday

MARANA, Ariz. - The Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association kicked-off its annual Health Conference Thursday morning.

This year's theme: "Together towards tomorrow." It's an effort to better the health industry in Tucson. At Thursday's event there were hospital CEOs and executives sharing new technology with break-out sessions and roundtable discussions.

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October 18, 2018
Removing the shroud from the concept of death

Project Humanities event seeks to open up a conversation about death and dying — an experience all humans share.

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October 18, 2018
Grandparents’ group helps heal “double” loss

Her name was Ellie. A beautiful baby with rosebud lips and the sweetest little smile. A tiny bundle of hopes and dreams to last a lifetime. But Kent and Jeanine only got 10 days.

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September 18, 2018
Getting the right people in the right place

Carolyn and Albert, a Gilbert couple married 43 years, traversed the long, hard road of brain cancer following her diagnosis in January 2017. First surgery, then radiation, then chemo. But the tumor came back.

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August 24, 2018
Internship introduces ASU students to hospice and palliative care

Arizona State University is helping to educate the next generation of hospice, palliative and dementia care professionals through a unique internship experience at Hospice of the Valley. As Arizona's largest hospice — and the second largest in the United States — Hospice of the Valley serves more than 10,000 patients each year. This partnership with Hospice of the Valley creates opportunities for students to serve their community through volunteer work. Students also have the option to take courses on dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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August 02, 2018
Fake pets give real love to dementia patients

“A lot of times dementia patients will be very stoic and quiet and kind of lost in their own little world, but you bring one of these mechanical pets and put it in front of them, put it in their lap and it starts moving, maybe it’s meowing or purring, and they just come alive,” explained Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement at Hospice of the Valley. “Their faces light up. Their hands start to stroke the fur. They cuddle. They hug. It makes all the difference in their life and there is nothing like that beautiful joy.”

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July 21, 2018
The pets may be fake, but the joy they bring to dementia patients is real

To experience the love of a pet is to know unconditional love. They don’t judge, play mind games or hold a grudge. Your dog is as happy to see you today, as he was yesterday. Your cat purrs contentedly every time she commandeers your lap.

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June 20, 2018
Young people learn about care by giving

As a high school student, Sandra Villalobos didn’t think she could handle hospice work emotionally when she first heard about a Teens in Nursing volunteer program offered by Hospice of the Valley. But she decided to give it a try.

“After the experience, I knew I really, really, really wanted to do this,” Villalobos said. “I don’t see myself doing anything else. I love it.”

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June 11, 2018
Pilot Program Allowing Hospice Of The Valley Patients To Continue Curative Care

Under Medicare’s current rules, a person who goes on hospice has to stop any curative care they might be receiving, like dialysis or chemotherapy. But now, a nationwide pilot program is looking to see if the old way of doing things really works.

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May 08, 2018
Phoenix First Responders Learning To Work With 2 Unique Populations

First responders often find themselves in situations involving people with dementia or people with disabilities. These encounters can sometimes end poorly, like in the case of a teenager with autism whose run in with police made headlines.

Two Phoenix agencies are learning how to work with these diverse populations.

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April 28, 2018
Girl from Minnesota crosses the country to visit last child of the Orphan Train in Arizona

At Hospice of the Valley, we are privileged to serve some pretty amazing people. Every patient has a story, but the tale of 106-year-old Victoria Moe is truly remarkable.

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April 25, 2018
New ASU class aims to break the stigma surrounding dementia

ASU now offers two classes that focus on dementia, Alzheimer's and hospice and palliative care. The classes aim to break the stigma surrounding dementia and will give students firsthand experience in specialized healthcare.

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April 23, 2018
Young people learn about end-of-life care by doing it

As a high school student, Sandra Villalobos didn’t think she could handle hospice work emotionally when she first heard about a Teens in Nursing volunteer program offered by Hospice of the Valley. But she decided to give it a try.

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April 19, 2018
The Term 'Comfort Care' Changing How We View End Of Life

Days before former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away, her spokesman made the announcement she would no longer seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care."

We wanted to learn more about that term, "comfort care."

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April 03, 2018
Hospice of the Valley Honors Military Veterans, First Responders

Hospice of the Valley celebrates the lives of military veterans and first responders through volunteer programs that match volunteers with those experiences with patients who have served on the front lines.

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March 27, 2018
Improving Counseling For End of Life Care

Some of the most difficult decisions for patients, their families and their providers involve end-of-life care, especially the decision to forego aggressive medical treatment and focus on palliative care. Patients with complex and multiple chronic conditions typically have many healthcare providers and specialists so it can be time consuming to obtain a complete medical history. Having a single source for patient information through Health Current simplifies the process tremendously for Arizona Palliative Home Care (AZPHC).

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March 11, 2018
AAHA! Raises Record-Breaking $350K for Hospice of the Valley

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art, raised a record-breaking amount of more than $350,000 for Hospice of the Valley at its event on March 3 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 350 guests attended, bidding on art and one-of-a-kind experiences through the silent and live auctions.

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February 24, 2018
Lin Sue Cooney: Hospice of the Valley provides culturally sensitive care

Imagine being very ill. Then imagine being unable to communicate with doctors and nurses who are caring for you. How frightening would that be?

Many of our elderly who speak little or no English know exactly how that feels. Without a translator, they can’t ask about troubling new symptoms. They don’t understand the purpose of a new medication.

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February 07, 2018
Hospice of the Valley Plans Dementia Care Campus

Hospice of the Valley plans to establish a Dementia Care and Education Campus in east Phoenix at the former site of the Scottsdale Unified School District Office. The campus will provide care for people at all stages of dementia and feature an intergenerational adult and child-care center and an education venue that will bring people together to share best practices in dementia care.

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January 30, 2018
At Circle the City, end-of-life care also serves as hopeful beginning

Circle the City has 50 beds to care for the homeless, and several are reserved for hospice patients. James Martz was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017 and hit rock bottom before getting help.

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January 27, 2018
Lin Sue Cooney: Our community makes Hospice of the Valley unique

A family needing hospice care for a loved one can be overwhelmed by all the options — there are 80-plus hospices in Arizona!

Although it’s true that many deliver compassionate care, it’s also true that all hospices are not the same.

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January 26, 2018
End-of-life care is a new beginning for some Valley homeless patients

As the homeless population of Maricopa County grows, it includes more aging Americans who have a unique set of concerns, particularly when it comes to terminal illness and end of life issues. Since 2012, the non-profit Circle the City organization has been providing medical respite care for the homeless and is now providing hospice care.

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January 14, 2018
Hospice of the Valley To Build New Dementia Care and Education Campus

Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona, and Hospice of the Valley is planning a new Dementia Care and Education Campus.

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January 01, 2018
MediCaring: Best of both worlds

In the time I’ve been privileged to serve with Hospice of the Valley, I’ve had countless conversations with patients and family members. It’s not uncommon to hear how reluctant they were to sign up for hospice.

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December 30, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: New program offers curative and hospice care at same time

In the time I’ve been privileged to serve with Hospice of the Valley, I’ve had countless conversations with patients and family members. It’s not uncommon to hear how reluctant they were to sign up for hospice. Yet in the next breath, they confide they would have done it sooner, had they known how wonderful the care was.

Here’s the dilemma: In order to receive beautiful care from your hospice team, you must forgo more aggressive treatments such as chemo and radiation and in some cases, rehab services.

But what if you didn’t have to choose?

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December 14, 2017
Coping with grief during the holidays

There are beautiful sights of the season that help bring joy to our lives: the lights, the bells, the music, but in the midst of it all, it can be afflictive.

"She just wanted her daddy back," said Cherie Myohanen.

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December 02, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: Give your family the gift of advance directives

This is the season of frantic shopping, dashing around the mall, scouring for deals online — checking things off our list — trying to find the perfect gift and not break the bank.

Not to be morbid, but I’d like to suggest a gift that definitely isn’t on your radar. It’s something everyone needs. Even better, it doesn’t cost a penny.

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November 28, 2017
A thrifty, gifty season: Charity resale stores offer unique value, holiday cheer

With Black Friday in the rear-view and two-dozen retail days remaining, some West Valley residents are seeking colorful, clever alternatives to finish filling their carefully hung Christmas stockings.

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November 20, 2017
Thousands come together to celebrate lost loved ones in 'Light Up a Life' event

Thanksgiving and the holidays are usually a time to be with family and that can be tough for families who have recently lost loved ones.

Thousands gathered Sunday to celebrate those loved ones at an event called "Light Up a Life."

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November 01, 2017
HOV celebrates 40 years of service

Hospice of the Valley, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in September, originated serendipitously—or in theological terms, providentially.

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October 28, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: How to cope with grief during the holidays

Losing someone you love isn’t a one-time hurt.

Grief has a way of sneaking up on us. Just when things seem to be getting better a familiar song, a whiff of perfume, an old photograph can innocently trigger a memory. Instantly, we’re pierced with pain.

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October 25, 2017
Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction Nets $113K

Nearly 200 guests attended Hospice of the Valley’s 16th annual Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction on Oct. 13. For the first time, the event was held at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley.

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October 20, 2017
Program brings youthful energy to the field of dementia care

One of the most wonderful experiences of my career happened this fall, as I was brainstorming with two colleagues. It was a passionate discussion about inspiring the next generation of young people to care about people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

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September 30, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: Hospice program honors first responders

Say the word hero and what comes to mind?

Soldiers risking their lives to protect us.

Police officers, firefighters and other first responders rushing headlong into danger as the rest of us are fleeing it.

Yet these public servants don’t consider themselves heroic at all

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September 12, 2017
Why Working in Hospice is the Right Career for Me

For me, 2007 began like any other year. I was working in an acute care setting that included ER, trauma, adult ICU, medsurg and OR responsibilities when I had the opportunity to care for a family member who was under hospice care.

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September 05, 2017
Pet Connections

We became a certified pet therapy team just over two years ago, intending to do something fun and service-oriented for Hospice of the Valley patients. We had no earthly idea how rewarding it would be.

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August 26, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: Soothing the heartbreak of dementia

For the past year, I've witnessed two dear friends struggle with the same heavy burden.

One spends hours each day coaxing her 91-year-old aunt to wake up and have a bite to eat. Showers have become a battle of wills. My friend smiles, makes cheerful conversation, doles out morsels of chocolate, gets a friendly dog (mine) to visit — anything to bring a little joy into Darlynne's life.

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July 25, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: One of the best things about hospice is making dreams come true

It’s not surprising that some of the most compassionate people in the world choose a career in hospice care. It takes a special kind of heart to support people on their final journey and I feel privileged to serve alongside them.

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July 03, 2017
Salutes offers compassion

As the nation celebrates July 4th, Hospice of the Valley celebrates the lives of our military veteran patients and the volunteers who support them through our Saluting Our Veterans program.

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June 28, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: When hospice care is needed for newborn babies

It’s only natural to associate the word “hospice” with end of life—to envision a patient who is elderly and frail—someone who has lived a long, full life.

But what happens when care is needed before a baby draws its first breath—before life even begins?

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June 14, 2017
Honor certified nursing assistants June 15–22

The 40th annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week coincides with Hospice of the Valley’s 40th anniversary—coincidental timing that aptly fits the week’s theme: Specialists in the Art of Caring.

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June 03, 2017
One Hospital Stay Is Enough

Coming home after a hospital stay can be a bewildering experience. Beyond simply having to process the question of “what just happened?” patients are faced with an often confusing list of new medicines, instructions and follow-up tests. 

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May 27, 2017
Pets are the best medicine

My dog thinks he’s a person.

Probably because I treat him like one. I say “please” when I ask him to sit. I say “thank you” when he pauses at the door to let me go first. He sits patiently when I brush his teeth — and dings a hotel bell with his paw to indicate he’d like to go outdoors.

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May 08, 2017
Valle del Sol celebrates Lin Sue Cooney: 2017 Mom of the Year honoree

Lin Sue Cooney became director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley after 31 years as a newscaster at 12News. She may have changed professions, but her passion to serve is stronger than ever. Instead of connecting our community to the latest headlines, she now connects families to tender and compassionate care.

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May 01, 2017
6 Myths of Hospice Care

As I walk through the cereal aisle at Safeway, someone taps me on the shoulder. I already know what’s coming. A lovely compliment about missing me on the news… and a question: How do you like working for Hospice of the Valley?

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April 29, 2017
Lin Sue Cooney: 6 Myths of Hospice Care

As I walk through the cereal aisle at Safeway, someone taps me on the shoulder. I already know what’s coming. A lovely compliment about missing me on the news… and a question: How do you like working for Hospice of the Valley?

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April 28, 2017
Library talk takes the fear out of hospice

Although not everyone is comfortable talking about death, Patsy Pearce of Mesa doesn’t mind; she can discuss it without any discomfort at all. She’s a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley and will be in town to give a two-part talk. The first, “Hospice and Palliative Care,” begins at 2 p.m. Thursday and the second, “Advance Care Planning,” will be at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Coolidge Public Library, 160 W. Central Ave.

It turns out there’s a lot of misinformation about hospice.

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April 23, 2017
Gold Canyon resident Larry Bargren volunteers in community

Larry Bargren sees a growing need for community volunteers to step in as society becomes more mobile and families become more dispersed.

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April 20, 2017
Helping your doctor with a difficult conversation

Our guest blog today comes to us from Dr. Ned Stolzberg, executive medical director at Hospice of the Valley. As National Healthcare Decisions Day/Week draws to a close, Dr. Stolzberg shares his thoughts on the importance of that conversation so many of us struggle to have regarding advance directives and end of life care.

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April 04, 2017
Record $320K Raised to Boost Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley raised a record $320,000 at its annual fundraiser in February.

Proceeds from “AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art,” benefited Hospice of the Valley patients and families from the early stages of care to hospice to grief counseling.

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March 30, 2017
Hospice of the Valley and ASU team up to offer new class

In an effort to get more students involved with caretaking for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, ASU and Hospice of the Valley have partnered to form a new class through the College of Health Solutions.

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March 22, 2017
Living wills important for all ages

It’s been quite a month. A coworker was in a car accident and spent days in the ICU, a family member was in a serious trauma and spent weeks in the hospital, and I caught the flu and ended up with a bronchitis that lasted five weeks and made me appreciate how I take breathing for granted. In each of these situations, the person in question was in the prime of life; all three of us had a reasonable expectation of a long life ahead. And yet, with each, it could have ended differently.

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March 01, 2017
AAHA! Draws Art Lovers to Fundraiser

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art netted $320,000 for Hospice of the Valley, with proceeds benefitting patients and families. It was a record-breaking amount raised in celebration of the not-for-profit agency’s 40th anniversary, up from $300,000 last year.

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February 21, 2017
Volunteers enriching patients' lives at Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley’s volunteers were the topic of a story aired Tuesday by FOX 10 Phoenix. Susan Rose, our longest-tenured volunteer who started with the agency’s founding in 1977, dances and puts a puzzle together with a patient at Gardiner Home. Volunteer Ann Kendall and her dog Snickers bring smiles and giggles to kids at Ryan House.

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February 17, 2017
Catching Up With Lin Sue Cooney on Life After News and the 40th Anniversary of HOV

A few days ago I had the chance to catch up with my most influential mentor in journalism, one of the most well-known and well-loved TV news anchors in the state of Arizona for over 30 years: Lin Sue Cooney.

Lin Sue and I first met when I began my career as an ASU journalism intern at 12 News, KPNX-TV Channel 12 back in 1989. I was a sophomore in college.

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February 12, 2017
Welcome to our new website

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we have created a new website, designed to make it easy for you to learn about hospice and palliative care, explore our services, get involved through volunteering and participate in many other important ways.

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January 25, 2017
Celebrating 40 Years: Meet The Rev. Q. Gerald Roseberry

Hospice of the Valley originated serendipitiously – or in theological terms, providentially. Looking back, some might even call it a “hot” idea.

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January 03, 2017

Jean Marie Stockton, director of clinical services for Hospice of the Valley’s West office, is the agency’s longest tenured employee—35 years.

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December 13, 2016
Respecting all faiths

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”

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November 24, 2016
Thrift stores offer way to shop local, save money

The convenience of online shopping has fewer people visiting local stores, instead opting to buy from brand names with one click of a button.

Forrester Research Inc. found that consumers spent $335 billion in online sales; a number that they predict will jump to $523 billion by 2020.

With the option of buying all major brands online, why shop locally?

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November 12, 2016
My Turn: End-of-life care a tough but necessary conversation

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month—a time for people to enhance their understanding of end-of-life care and to encourage conversations around that topic.

For many families, it’s a tough subject to discuss.

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November 01, 2016
Supporting our loved ones in grief

Many of us have friends and family members who are grieving – either in anticipation of a death or because a loved one has died recently.

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August 24, 2016
More Than Medication: Hospice Care Expands

Hospice care has become much more common across the country, and Arizona is no exception.

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August 06, 2016
‘Dying to Know Day’ invites conversation

Australia is known for koalas, kangaroos, Crocodile Dundee—and now—Dying to Know Day. August 8 is set aside for families to talk about the really important stuff in life—including death.

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July 06, 2016
Hospice of the Valley’s Leadership Transition

Susan Levine retired as Hospice of the Valley’s executive director July 1 after 23 years leading one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded not-for-profit hospices. Debbie Shumway, senior vice president, assumes the top leadership position.

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July 05, 2016
Debbie Shumway leads Hospice of the Valley

Debbie Shumway is the new executive director of Hospice of the Valley, one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded not-for-profit hospices.

She assumed the position July 1, when Susan Levine retired from the organization she led for 23 years with Shumway by her side. Shumway most recently served as senior vice president, overseeing clinical operations, finance, volunteers, fund development, information services and the agency’s thrift store operations.

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June 12, 2016
Hospice of the Valley executive director to retire

Susan Levine will retire as Hospice of the Valley’s executive director July 1 after 23 years leading one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded not-for-profit hospices. Debbie Shumway, senior vice president, assumes the top leadership position.

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March 15, 2016
Hospice of the Valley awarded $30,000 grant by Season for Sharing

Season for Sharing has awarded a $30,000 grant to Hospice of the Valley to support the not-for-profit agency’s Palliative Care for Dementia program, serving people with all stages of dementia and their family caregivers.

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February 16, 2016
AAHA! nets record donations for Hospice of the Valley

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art netted $310,000 for Hospice of the Valley, with proceeds benefitting the not-for-profit agency’s patients and families.

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January 01, 2016
From Conception to End of Life

We realized that in order to support expectant mothers who are told their babies will not survive birth, we needed to create a pediatric team to walk beside them through pregnancy, birth and hospice care.

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Caring for a loved one with Dementia
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