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"Having the support of MVH allowed us to keep my husband at home and that was very important to us. We are so glad everything worked out, as it was meant to. I would recommend their services to absolutely anyone!" - Joan Dudley
Dear Friend of Mountain Valley Hospice, 

It's no secret February is all about hearts, but not just the candy kind! February is also American Heart Month. Sadly, heart disease happens to be the number one cause of death in the United States. Therefore, it's important to protect yourself by making healthy choices like eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising often. We know - easier said than done!

If you find yourself or a loved one in the midst of a tough battle with a heart-related condition or any other life-limiting illness, please give us a call early. The best time to learn about our services is well before a medical crisis. Don't believe the myth that hospice is only for the last few days of life or just for cancer patients...

 
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We are always looking for feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to contact us at our general email address receptionist@mvhcares.org.  Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about the good news and latest information about our organization.

Kelly Montanye
Manager of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: PEGGY MARTINDALE, RN

Peggy Martindale has only been with MVH since September of 2019, but she is already an invaluable member of our team. Peggy works mostly on-call shifts but is in the office at least 16 hours each week supporting patients and families. Peggy said, “I learn something new from every patient I meet, and for that I am honored.”

Peggy decided to pursue her Nursing Degree over 14 years ago when her father was on Hospice Care. She was amazed at the support her family received from the Hospice team. Not only did they give her father phenomenal care, but they never left his home without offering support to her mother or any family members present. The day before her father passed, she told him that she finally knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: "A Hospice Nurse"!  

Peggy's first job as a nurse was as a Case Manager caring for individuals with developmental disabilities at Warren Washington Albany ARC. During her ten years at ARC, she held a variety of positions from Case Management to educating new staff on the different types of disabilities they may encounter as a direct care staff person, as well as teaching a 40-hour class on how to pass medication to the residents safely and without error. She also spent three years as Nurse Manager of a 12-bed medically frail home where all individuals were completely dependent on staff to meet all their basic needs. There, Peggy was responsible for supervising 18 Direct Care staff, two assistant managers and two LPNs, in addition to providing ongoing education and re-certification needs at the home.  

When Peggy’s children were out of school, it was time to work towards her goal of being a Hospice nurse. She started working at Glens Falls Hospital on a med/surge floor to gain more clinical experience. During her employment, she met her current husband and decided to move to West Charlton. She started at Community Hospice in July 2016 as a Case Manager and advanced to the position of Clinical Team Leader, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience.  

Peggy recently starting pursuing her Bachelor's degree to further her knowledge and value as a Hospice nurse. In her free time, Peggy is an avid knitter. She also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and taking long walks. She loves kayaking and sailing on Galway Lake. In addition to her three children, she has two adorable grandsons, with whom she spends as much time as possible.

MVH RECEIVES DONATIONS

We would like to extend a special thank you to Volunteer Anne Peck for her thoughtful donation of three, hand-sewn fidget blankets. Fidget blankets have been shown to help calm those with Dementia, Alzheimer's or restless hands. These blankets also help with maintaining fine motor skills and encourage daily living activities, such as buttoning, zipping and strapping. Additionally, the fabrics used to create the blankets often evoke fond memories and stimulate the mind.

As you're passing through the NDHH Great Room, you'll notice a bright, beautiful quilt on the wooden stand. The quilt was hand-pieced by MVH's Founder Nancy Dowd's mother, Ruth Whitcomb. Nancy's sister Martha, who lives in Vermont, recently decided to donate the quilt. After we heard the story, we felt strongly that it needed to stay at the NDHH. To make the display even more special, the quilt rack was handmade by George Ringland, board member & volunteer Susan Hathaway-Ringland's late husband. If you happen to be in the area, please stop in and take a moment to enjoy the sentimental display. 

MVH IN THE COMMUNITY


In 2018, the region's newest Pathways in Technology Early College High School - Foothills PTECH - began offering college-level coursework for students interested in the health sciences. Students selected to participate in the program have the opportunity to earn an Associate's degree at no cost, as they complete high school. Recently, MVH, along with many other business partners, were invited to attend the Career Day to provide insight into possible health related careers. Our "Wheel of Fortune" featuring the Hospice Care Model (Interdisciplinary Group) was designed and built by Volunteer, Jim Patten.



On February 13, Manager of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services Kelly Montanye was invited to be the guest speaker at the monthly Insurance Professionals of Fulton County meeting. The IPFC chapter was formed in 1944 to promote community service, networking and education to area insurance professionals. It was an honor to explore the concepts of Hospice and volunteering with a great group of civic-minded professionals!



Jacqualin Ross, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, held an in-service education event for the staff at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home on February 20. Collaborations between Hospice providers and nursing homes have been shown to improve patients' end-of-life care. 
 

To book a speaker for your next meeting or event, please give us a call at (518) 725-4545 or email receptionist@mvhcares.org

WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEER


Joan Bobbette
 is a resident of Hamilton County and is employed as a School Psychologist through HFM BOCES. Joan is currently the President of TWIGS Treasures in Lake Pleasant, which is a not-for-profit organization that raises money to support area medical outreach. When she is not busy volunteering, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Joan is looking forward to helping patients live each day to the fullest and raising awareness for Hospice services. 
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPENINGS
Don’t see something you’re interested in, contact us anyway at (518) 725-4545, or apply online at https://mvhcares.org/get-involved/hospice-volunteers
 
Caregiver Respite Volunteers
Front Desk Support Volunteers
NDHH Kitchen Volunteers
Light Housekeeping Volunteers
Arts & Crafts Volunteers
MOUNTAIN VALLEY HOSPICE EVENTS
VITALITY PLUS LUNCHEON
Wednesday, February 26 from 11:30am to 1:00pm - NLH Auditorium, 99 E. State Street, Gloversville 

HealthLink Littauer's adult membership program for anyone 50 or older, will hold this month's luncheon program titled "All About Hospice" on February 26. A buffet will be followed by guest speakers, Jacqualin Ross and Heidi Parker, both of MVH. This program is free. To attend the luncheon component, the fee is $5 for ViP members and $6 for all others. Luncheon reservations are required by calling HealthLink at (518) 736-1120.
SPRING MEMORIAL SERVICE
Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm - Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville

A service of remembrance for all MVH patients who have died within the past few months. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. Family & friends please RSVP for planning purposes to (518) 725-4545.
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