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End of Life Doula Program

  Hudson Valley Hospice is starting an End-of-Life Doula Program. Just as a birth doula may bring greater comfort and deeper meaning to the process of labor and delivery, our end-of-life doulas offer the same for the process of dying. End-of-Life Doulas help a dying person and their loved ones plan for what they envision as a "good death". They offer compassionate presence, knowing support, caring touch, and respite for caregivers in the final days.  The agency is currently recruiting volunteers who are interested in becoming End-of-Life Doulas. Informational sessions are being offered in November in both Poughkeepsie and Kingston. Please call 845-473-2273, ext 1124 for more information.

We are Growing!  

Hudson Valley Hospice is growing in order to best serve the needs of patients and familes throughout Dutchess and Ulster Counties.  Please visit our Careers Page on this site to learn more about rewarding career opportunites at Hudson Valley Hospice.

Hudson Valley Hospice Music Therapy enhances quality of life

Hudson Valley Hospice features enhanced services, including Music Therapy.  When our patient Linda came on to our program she began having regular sessions with one of our music therapy interns, Norene Meyer.   Linda spoke about how she had loved to write poetry, and Norene and other members of the hospice team encouraged her to write again.   Combining Linda's writing and Norene's music,  the two embarked on a project to write a song which chronicals Linda's journey and spiritual quest.   Watch our video and learn how music therapy enhances the quality of life for our patients.    www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwvuSBhiC_I

Staff Help Celebrate 109 Year Old Patient's Birthday 

It's not everyday that someone turns 109 years old, so when a Hudson Valley Hospice patient recently celebrated this milestone, the Hudson Valley Hospice care team was on hand to mark the occassion.  

Hudson Valley Hospice testimonials and Moments of Life videos

If you want a better understanding of what hospice care is all about,  watch this testimonial from one of our patients who offered to talk about his care.  http://youtu.be/9y6xEtAOuT

 One of our patient's family members was so thankful for the care provided to her loved one, she gives her perspective of hospice care in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcZVe-julOU

Learn more about hospice and see real stories of patients and families showing all that hospice can do to make more meaningful moments possible at www.MomentsofLife.org.



Hudson Valley Hospice Appoints Chief Medical Officer  

Michael Kaminski, President and CEO of Hudson Valley Hospice, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Albert Riddle as Chief Medical Officer for the agency.    Dr. Riddle previously served as the agency’s medical director for hospice homecare services in Ulster County.  In his new role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Riddle is responsible for the leadership, oversight and management of the medical component of hospice care. In addition, he is responsible for the supervision of hospice’s  medical  staff and nurse practitioners, as well as, the coordination of clinical support activities with Hudson Valley Hospice’s hospital and nursing home liaison staff.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Learn more about hospice and see real stories of patients and families showing all that hospice can do to make more meaningful moments possible at www.MomentsofLife.org.


H udson Valley Hopice Introduces New Respiratory Program:  Breathe

Hudson Valley Hospice and Dr. Timothy Collins, Health Quest Medical Practice Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, have collaborated to develop a specialized respiratory care program for patients with end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other advanced respiratory illnesses.    “Our goal is to care for patients in their homes, wherever they live, by avoiding crisis situations which might normally result in multiple trips to the hospital,” said Richard Trocino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Valley Hospice.    Under the guidance of Dr. Collins, Hudson Valley Hospice will provide patients with symptom management through individual care planning.   Specialized medical equipment, oxygen, and comfort medications will be provided in the home, when appropriate. 



  Children's Grief Support Groups:

 Children may need extra help in understanding what death is, coming to terms with its irreversibility, and learning to identiry and express emotions.   Our support groups are designed to help school age children address grief ina supportive, theraputic setting with other children.   We have ongoing groups starting in September and open to the public in both Dutchess and Ulster Counties.  Music, movement, games, arts and crafts, writing and storytelling are just some of the age appropriate activities offered.     Please call 845-473-2273, ext. 2209 for information and to register. 

  Hospice Veterans Breakfast

Hudson Valley Hospice held its annual Veterans Breakfast in Ulster County on November 6, at the Garden Plaza Hotel,  503 Washington Avenue,  Kingston, NY on November 6.  Over 100 local veterans were served a complimentary breakfast and enjoyed a visit from Ulster County Executive Mike Hein,  Ulster Veterans Services Deputy Director Keith Barrett, and guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel, United Stataes Army Reserve Assistant Professor of Military Science, Marist College.     


Hudson Valley Hospice earns 4 Stars in We Honor Veterans Program

Hudson Valley Hospice has achieved Level 4, the highest level of achievement, in the We Honor Veterans Program, a partnership between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization(NHPCO) and the Veterans Administration.  The program demonstrates Hudson Valley Hospice's continuing commitment and dedication to ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. 

  Ulster Savings Bank  awards Hudson Valley Hospice with grant.

Ulster Savings Bank awarded a $3,000.00 grant to Hudson Valley Hospice through the bank’s community funding program. This marks the eleventh consecutive year Ulster Savings Bank has provided community funding support to Hudson Valley Hospice. 

Boyd Pet Project announced by Hudson Valley Hospice and Dutchess County SPCA.

 Hudson Valley Hospice and the Dutchess County SPCA announced a new partnership to serve the pets of Hospice patients. The Boyd Pets Adoption Project provides local Hospice patients and their families with a free service, through the Dutchess County SPCA, to ensure their animals are cared for and adopted upon the death of the patient. The program is made possible through funds established by the Susanne P. Boyd and Darrel Boyd Foundation for Animal Welfare.

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