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Valley Hospice is proud to announce that they recently presented eight local charitable organizations with donations as a part of their Together We Can initiative. The donations totaled $2,000 and were a result of their employee jeans day contributions.

“Valley Hospice employees incredibly generous and community minded,” said Cynthia Bougher, CEO. They are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and live in.” 

Valley Hospice employees are permitted to wear jeans one day per week but must pay $1 each time they do so. That money is then put in a “Jeans Day Fund” and earmarked for community support.

Charities that received funding include: Harrison County Cancer Crusaders, Cadiz; Cancer Dietary Initiative, Steubenville; Marshall County Family Resource Network Carolyn’s Closet, Moundsville; Helping Heroes, Wheeling; Hancock County Shop With a Cop, New Cumberland; Family Connections Brooke Place, Colliers; The Way Station, East Liverpool; and A Special Wish Foundation, St. Clairsville.

Harrison County Cancer Crusaders Cancer Dietary Initiative Marshall County Family Resource Network Helping Heroes
Harrison County Cancer Crusaders, Cadiz Cancer Dietary Initiative, Steubenville Marshall County Family Service Network Closet of Hope, Moundsville  Helping Heroes, Wheeling
Hancock County Shop With a Cop Family Connections The Way Station A Special Wish
Hancock County Shop With a Cop, New Cumberland Family Connections Brooke Place, Colliers The Way Station, East Liverpool A Special Wish Foundation, St. Clairsville

Valley Hospice Announces CEO Transition

After 28 years of service to Valley Hospice, Cynthia Bougher has announced plans to retire from her role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in April of this year. The Valley Hospice Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Andrea Hale, who currently serves as Valley Hospice’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), as Bougher’s successor.

Bougher began her tenure at Valley Hospice as a Patient Care Volunteer, in 1994, and was hired as an admission/on-call nurse a year later. She served Valley Hospice in various roles, including Chief Operating Officer, prior to becoming CEO, in 2008. Bougher, a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator, has led Valley Hospice in its commitment to providing the highest quality end-of-life care for patients throughout the Ohio Valley for almost three decades. Under her leadership, the organization has grown and expanded services to meet the needs of the community, including most recently, Caring Connections Palliative Care, the area’s only in-home palliative care program.

Succeeding Bougher will be Andrea Hale, who brings 19 years of experience in hospice leadership and brand development. Hale began her tenure at Valley Hospice in 2004 as a Nurse Liaison and served in various roles, including Chief Clinical Officer, prior to becoming COO, in 2017. She is a graduate of the Ohio Valley School of Nursing and currently serves as the President of the Trinity School of Nursing Alumni Association. Hale also holds a Bachelor of Leadership Administration and a Master of Business Administration, both from West Liberty University.

Hale has been instrumental in positioning Valley Hospice as a leader for end-of-life care and education. She led the creation and implementation of several programs at Valley Hospice, including the “Hero’s Salute” Veterans Program; a program that provides specialized end-of-life care and support to patients who have served in the military and their families. She was also instrumental in the development of Caring Connections Palliative Care. Hale has an extensive clinical background and is committed to making sure each patient and family has the best possible experience.

“Our organization has benefitted enormously from the strong, insightful leadership that Cynthia has provided, and we wish her a long and fruitful retirement,” said Valley Hospice Board President, Kevin Britt. “Further, we are extremely excited to welcome Andrea and her vast experience and energetic leadership.”

Cynthia Bougher Andrea Hale
Cynthia Bougher Andrea Hale

Harrison County Entities Create Cleaning Closet

Members of the Harrison County Adult Services Coalition are partnering with the Cadiz Senior Center to create a “Cleaning Closet” stocked with cleaning supplies that will be available to Harrison County senior citizens at no cost.

The group comprises representatives from Amedisys Hospice, Cadiz Senior Center, Capital Health Care Network (Meadows of Cadiz, Gables Care Center of Hopedale, and Sunny Slope Care Center of Bowerston), Diamond Pharmacy, Dixon Health Care Center of Wintersville, IC Care - In-Home Companion Care, and Valley Hospice. They will gather at the Cadiz Senior Center on Wednesday to stock the “Cleaning Closet” with the first twenty of each item.

Members of the coalition group represent organizations that help the older adult community and understand that far too often, senior citizens may be faced with choosing between buying groceries or their needed prescription drugs and finding the money in their budgets to afford anything else may be difficult.

“We want Harrison County senior citizens to know they don’t have to choose when it comes to having a safe and clean home environment”, said Tate Blanchard, facilitator of the Harrison County Adult Services Coalition.

“Harrison County seniors will be able to visit the Cadiz Senior Center and get items such as buckets, mops, brooms, multi-purpose cleaner, bleach, paper towels, sponges, and gloves at no cost. Helping them to reduce the risk of disease spread in their homes and helping them to maintain their home environments without any added financial burdens.”

The group will continue to keep the “Cleaning Closet” stocked on an as-needed basis to make sure the supplies are always readily accessible to those who need them.

There are no financial restrictions for anyone to come to the “Cleaning Closet” and get the supplies they need.

The Harrison County Adult Services Coalition requests that recipients only take what they need and nothing more, ensuring the products are available to as many people as possible.

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