What is MVHPC?


It feels like “Hospice” is a bad word – makes me think of death and dying. Why should we call?

We’re actually all about living. For more than 30 years, MVHPC has focused on serious illness so our neighbors can focus on living. Those who opt for MVHPC services typically experience significantly better quality of life and statistically live longer than those who are not our patients, despite suffering from a terminal illness.


Isn’t Hospice only for cancer patients? My sister has COPD & heart disease.

Anyone with a life-limiting illness or combination of complex health issues qualifies for MVHPC services if their prognosis is six months or less and they have stopped aggressive treatment or therapies. We excel at symptom and pain management, two critical components of helping patients achieve their personal goals.


I’m worried about my mother-in-law. I feel like I don’t have the appropriate resources to care for her. But isn’t Hospice only for patients?

We’re here for you, the family and loved ones, too! Transition planning, grief support services and bereavement counseling sessions are provided free of charge, regardless of whether your loved one is an MVHPC patient. We also provide “respite” support for caregivers who need a break in their day for errands or appointments. For caregivers who have to be out of town or have an obligation that conflicts with round-the-clock care, MVHPC can provide up to five days of inpatient care at the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home as additional “respite” support.


Are MVHPC staff licensed professionals?

Yes, we operate by state and federal guidelines. Our interdisciplinary care team includes the following:

  • Registered Nurses,
  • Licensed Practical Nurses,
  • Physician as Medical Director,
  • Masters’ Prepared Social Workers,
  • Certified Home Health Aides,
  • Chaplain,
  • Certified Massage Therapists,
  • Certified Aromatherapists,
  • Certified Pet Therapists,
  • Registered Dietitian.

Can we check out the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home (NDHH) without obligation?

Any time! Anyone is welcome to visit MVHPC and the NDHH. Refer patients as appropriate. Volunteer to be part of our fabulous team. Donate money to support our mission of honoring what matters most to those we serve. Host a meeting or event at our beautiful campus with state-of-the-art conference room and Adirondack-style Great Room. Stop by for a cup of coffee while you tour our eight upscale beds available for 24/7 dedicated care. Become a Hospice mythbuster!

Honored to serve you in our home or yours.