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Hospice of the Valley offers care in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
newsroom@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Patients in Colorado’s Vail Valley in need of Medicare and Medicaid certified home health, private duty home health and hospice care will now be able to receive care through Basalt-based Hospice of the Valley.

A nonprofit, Hospice of The Valley currently works with roughly 30 patients in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties and surrounding areas. Hospice of the Valley has hired the former staff of Mountain Hospice and is in the process of hiring other staff who previously worked for Vail Valley Home Health as the home health program becomes operational by March 1. Vail Valley Home Health dissolved in fall of 2009, and Vail Valley Medical Center has licensed all state and federal provider numbers for home health to Hospice of the Valley.

“When Vail Valley Home Health and Mountain Hospice closed its book of business in mid-2009, we absorbed their hospice patient load. With the increased patient volume, we hired many of their staff,” said Markey Butler, RN, executive director of Hospice of the Valley. “The perception was that there may not be hospice care in the Eagle Valley, but we are providing all of the services that were available before, with many of the same nurses and social workers from Mountain Hospice. Over the next few weeks, we will begin to offer our comprehensive home health program as staff are trained and hired. We are eager to care for people who are in need of home health or end of life care. “

The independent Hospice of the Valley now has an office building adjacent to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center campus, located in Edwards, and works closely with the physicians and providers at Shaw and Vail Valley Medical Center.

“Our philosophy is to be a comprehensive cancer center that supports our patients throughout their entire journey with cancer. Because of this, we strongly support the work and mission of Hospice of The Valley,” said Joe Deuschle, vice president of Shaw Regional Cancer Center. “Markey and her staff provide a great service to people living in this area.”

Hospice of the Valley provides hospice and private duty home health services to patients living in Marble, Aspen, Parachute and Battlement Mesa, in addition to patients living between Glenwood Springs and East Vail.

Hospice of The Valley can be reached at 970-569-7455 or 970-927-6650. Interested parties are encouraged to attend a community forum to discuss the service provided by Mountain Hospice, a division of Hospice of The Valley, at Shaw Regional Cancer Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be provided.


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