< Back to News & Events

Press Releases

Mountain Valley Hospice Names Kara Ulasewicz Travis President and CEO

From: Mr. Del B. Salmon, Esq.
Board President
Mountain Valley Hospice
P: (518) 725-4545
F: (518) 773-2053
www.mvhcares.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2017 – GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Mountain Valley Hospice (MVH) announced they have appointed Kara Ulasewicz Travis as President and CEO.  Travis comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge after more than 10 years as a Senior Director with Bassett Healthcare and a broad involvement in non-profit boards.

MVH Board President Del B. Salmon states: “We are thrilled to have Kara on our team.  Her expertise in operations and logistics combined with her knowledge of Healthcare and people skills are an incredible asset to MVH.”

“I am honored to be joining the MVH team,” Travis states.  “I can think of no more impactful work than serving the staff and volunteers who care for our most vulnerable patients and their families.  I look forward to contributing to the MVH community and enhancing the menu of programs and services available to our neighbors in Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Hamilton counties.”

Mountain Valley Hospice is confident that the hiring of Travis will allow their organization to better serve its patients and their families through heightened strategic planning, strengthened community involvement and broadened patient care.

Prior to Bassett, Travis served with SUNY Cobleskill, Howe Caverns, Inc. and the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau.  She also currently serves as the President of United Way in Delaware and Otsego Counties.  Travis has a Master’s degree from Emerson College Brussels, Belgium and two Bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.  Travis is also certified to serve as an executive coach and was recognized as a ‘Forty under 40’ winner by the Capital District Business Review.

A community based, not-for-profit agency founded in 1988 and located at 108 Steele Avenue in Gloversville; Mountain Valley Hospice seeks to make hospice care available to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga Counties.

###

For additional information contact:
Cynthia Gates-Truax
P: (518) 725-4545 x 221

Mountain Valley Hospice Named a 2017 Hospice Honors Recipient

Mountain Valley Hospice
Mrs. Cynthia Gates-Truax
518-725-4545
cyndie.truax@mvhcares.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gloversville, NY— Mountain Valley Hospice has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am extremely proud of Mountain Valley Hospice for achieving this highest of honors and I congratulate them on their success.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2015 through September 2016. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the Deyta Analytics’ Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. Deyta Analytics holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.

“Being recognized for this accomplishment is a high honor,” states Bonnie Graves, Clinical Director of Mountain Valley Hospice.  “Our entire team works tirelessly to ensure that we provide the greatest level of care and compassion to each one of our patients and their families.  It is a gift to be able to serve our community in this way.”

A community based not-for-profit agency founded in 1988, Mountain Valley Hospice seeks to provide hospice care to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga Counties.  For more information, please visit www.mvhcares.org or call 518-725-4545.

###

HEALTHCAREfirst | 1343 E. Kingsley St., Ste. A | Springfield, MO 65804 | 800.841.6095 | www.healthcarefirst.com

Sawyer Fredericks Concert Is A Huge Success for MVH!

Sawyer Fredericks

With a nearly sold out crowd, MVH hosted the biggest fundraiser in their history thanks to Sawyer Fredericks and the Fredericks family!  A special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors; Coldwell Banker – Arlene M. Sitterly and Ruby and Quiri and to all who supported this great cause!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

cbcolorlogoRuby & Quiri

View and order pictures of the evening at the link below.  Special thanks to WATPhoto and Bill Trojan.

http://watphoto.zenfolio.com/mvhsawyer

Hospice Names Marketing & Development Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From: Mrs. Susan Frasier
CEO
Mountain Valley Hospice
P: (518) 725-4545
F: (518) 773-2053
Susan.Frasier@mvhcares.org
www.mvhcares.org

Mountain Valley Hospice Names Cynthia Gates-Truax Marketing & Development Director

Cynthia Gates-Truax / Marketing & Development Director

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Mountain Valley Hospice announced they have appointed Cynthia Gates-Truax as their new Marketing and Development Director.  Truax is a familiar face to Mountain Valley Hospice and was formerly their Marketing and Development Director from 2009-2013.  She resigned in 2013 to run a capital campaign for another non-profit organization.  Truax will oversee all facets of MVH’s public relations, marketing, community awareness programs and events. 

CEO, Susan Frasier states: “We are thrilled to have Cyndie back on our team.  Her expertise in her field, knowledge of non-profits and keen relational skills are an incredible asset to MVH.”

“I am overjoyed to be back with my MVH family,” Truax states.  “My time away was a wonderful opportunity to make a difference for another non-profit, but I am looking forward to serving the patients and families of the hospice community again.” 

Mountain Valley Hospice is confident that the hiring of Truax will allow their organization to better serve its patients and their families through heightened community awareness, increased public relations, and improved community involvement.


Prior to MVH, Truax has also served as the Marketing Director for Change of 1 Ministry in Gloversville, NY; Christian Adoption Services in Charlotte, NC and the Charlotte Eagles Professional Soccer Organization in Charlotte, NC.

A community based, not-for-profit agency founded in 1988 and located at 108 Steele Avenue in Gloversville; Mountain Valley Hospice seeks to make hospice care available to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga Counties.

For additional information contact:
Cynthia Gates-Truax
P: (518) 725-4545 x 221

We Honor Veterans

Hospice Honors Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day Mountain Valley Hospice made a special presentation to each of their patients who were Veterans.   Social Worker Adrienne Quickenton and hospice volunteer Harry McCullough who is a Veteran, visited each patient and presented them with a flag pin and a card signed by hospice staff and cookies baked by McCullough. The fourth and fifth grades students from Boulevard School in Gloversville wrote essays about what the Veteran’s service meant to them and the essays were also shared.

 

 

Pictured making the presentation in the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home from the left is Hospice patient Alfred Boguzes, Quickenton and McCullough.