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Hospice of the Valley is in the news, with human interest stories about our service to the community, coverage of our special events and health-care expertise about topics such as hospice and palliative care, dementia, elder care and mindfulness. Please view our latest headlines!

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May 09, 2017
Hospice of the Valley offers volunteer training in June

Ellen O’Connor devoted 40 years to caring for people as a nurse. Since her retirement a few years ago, she’s still caring for patients and families—as a Hospice of the Valley volunteer.

“The old cliché that I get so much more out of it than the patient—that certainly applies!” the Mesa resident said. “The people I visit are marvelous people. I learn so much from them.”

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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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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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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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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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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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