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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The global pandemic has changed the way we work, play and live…and, no doubt, will alter the way we celebrate the holiday season.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The spiritual support that chaplains offer at end of life has always been an essential component of Hospice of the Valley’s holistic care.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Por motivos culturales, muchas familias hispanas todavía consideran los cuidados paliativos como un “lugar” en vez de una filosofía de atención.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and Hospice of the Valley is honored to have more than 2,100 dedicated volunteers supporting our mission.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We’ve all felt that glow in our hearts when we’ve done something to make life better for someone in need.Read More
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.Read More
We often hear about the healing powers of music, and the Phoenix Symphony is using their artistic ability to do just that.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hospice care is a difficult time and Pet Therapy can help make a difference in the lives of staff and patients.Read More
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.Read More
Fear, guilt and loneliness consumed Jamie Stutzman and Kathleen Muldoon, two working moms whose children require round-the-clock medical careRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Los capellanes ayudan a que el paciente se olvide del dolor mientras la conforta y reza por ella en español, su idioma maternoRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Walter Brown cracks jokes, pets his ‘cat’ Sweetheart, watches Westerns with his buddy, and reminisces about his service in World War II.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Former newscaster Lin Sue Cooney will speak on her transition from journalism and transitions involved in hospice care for loved ones.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Ken Jones loved motorcycles his entire life. His social worker helped his dying wish come true: one final ride before he passes on.Read More
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.
For years, Tracy Howell of Scottsdale dreamed of owning a cool gray cat who would walk on a leash with her on hikes.Read More
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.Read More
Project Humanities event seeks to open up a conversation about death and dying — an experience all humans share.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
Hospice of the Valley, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in September, originated serendipitously—or in theological terms, providentially.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
Larry Bargren sees a growing need for community volunteers to step in as society becomes more mobile and families become more dispersed.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hospice of the Valley originated serendipitiously – or in theological terms, providentially. Looking back, some might even call it a “hot” idea.Read More
Jean Marie Stockton, director of clinical services for Hospice of the Valley’s West office, is the agency’s longest tenured employee—35 years.Read More
“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.”Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hospice care has become much more common across the country, and Arizona is no exception.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More