Nominations for award sought by MV hospice

GLOVERSVILLE — The Mountain Valley Hospice seeks nominations for the first Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award to be announced as part of a 30th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 14, at their campus, 108 Steele Ave., according to a news release.

NDHA Task Force Chairman Patrick Dowd said of the inaugural award, “My mother was widely known for selfless giving to anyone in need. She spent her career providing care to people facing medical challenges. She always attempted to alleviate the patients’ symptoms, while also calming their anxieties so they could enjoy the highest quality of life possible given the circumstances. She carried this philosophy to the MVH team. It just became what they did,” the news release stated.

These qualities were on display through events such as a middle-of-the-night boat ride by an MVH nurse to a remotely located patient home, the annual picnic held for all MVH patient families or loved ones, and the mutual support the MVH team members provided each other so they could always ensure they were able to give the patient and family their best, the news release stated.

A fitting tribute for their 30th anniversary, MVH will honor an individual or organization following in Nancy Dowd’s footsteps by making a difference in the lives of Mohawk Valley residents. The ideal candidate will display concrete examples of visionary leadership delivering humanitarian services to the community that improve quality of life. The organizational candidates must role model a culture of human welfare, social reform, philanthropy, or commitment to volunteerism, the news release stated.

The deadline for nominations is May 15. For more information, call MVH President/CEO Kara Travis at (518) 725-4545 or e-mail [email protected], the news release stated.

By Kerry Minor

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