History of Caring

November 1983

Concerned Fulton County, NY citizens explore hospice concept

June 1984

The “Fulton County Committee for Hospice Formation” officially created and meets at First Congregational Church of Christ at 33 E. Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY

September 1984

First issue of hospice newsletter, “Chrysalis,” is published

April 1985

Official name is changed to “The Fulton County Committee for the Study of a Hospice Formation Inc.”

January 1986

Application for construction and establishment of a hospice submitted to the NYS Department of Health (DOH)

June 1986

DOH accepts the application for Hospice of Fulton County

September 1986

Official name changed to “Hospice of Fulton County Inc.”

June 1987

Nancy Dowd elected Executive Director and offices established at 58 North Main Street

April 1988

First patient accepted into care of Hospice of Fulton County

February 1990

Hospice of Fulton County moves to 34 West Fulton Street, Gloversville

November 1990

Permission received from DOH to expand service area to include Montgomery, Hamilton and Saratoga Counties

July 1991

DOH approves name change to Mountain Valley Hospice (MVH)

April 2000

Mountain Valley Hospice moves to 73 North Main Street, Gloversville

April 2001

Discussions begin regarding new hospice residence and office facility

March 2003

MVH begins a capital campaign to raise funds for hospice residence and office facility

October 2003

MVH submits “Certificate of Need Application” to DOH for an eight-bed hospice residence

April 2004

DOH approves application to build eight-bed hospice residence and offices at 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville

June 2005

New hospice residence and office complex opens

August 2005

First hospice resident is accepted into the Hospice House

October 2006

Executive Director Nancy Dowd retires and the hospice house is renamed in her honor as the “Nancy Dowd Hospice Home”

September 2018

MVH celebrates its 30th Anniversary and presents its first Nancy Dowd Award to volunteer and donor Ellen Wood of Gloversville

June 2021

Launch of Palliative Care service line: symptom & medication management in the home for the chronically ill, with the ability to continue aggressive, curative treatment.