Nancy J. Dowd

Award Presented in Memory of MVH’s First Executive Director

Mountain Valley Hospice (MVH) seeks nominations for its third annual NANCY J. DOWD HUMANITARIAN AWARD (NDHA), given in memory of MVH’s first Executive Director. The award was established to honor the positive influence that Nancy Dowd made in the lives of those she touched and to acknowledge those who are following in Nancy Dowd’s example through their humanitarian efforts. The award will be presented virtually on September 15, 2020.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit entries for an individual for his/her outstanding achievement, leadership, and vision in providing important humanitarian services to the community, or for improving the quality of life for individuals and families living in the Mohawk Valley. This year’s focus will be on individuals who went above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations should include a description of how this individual has made a difference in our region. Nomination criteria is available here: NDHA Criteria. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

NDHA Task Force Chairman and MVH Board Vice Chair Patrick Dowd said of the award, “We are proud to be able to present this annual award in honor of my mother, Nancy, who was widely known for selfless giving to anyone in need but especially to the patients and families she helped support through Mountain Valley Hospice.  My family and I are very proud of her career and the work she put into the creation of MVH and the Hospice Home named in her honor.”

Gloversville native Ellen Wood, a community volunteer and Chair of MVH’s first Capital Campaign, was the first recipient of the Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award, presented in August of 2018. Long-standing Board member and community volunteer, Jack Scott was awarded the second annual Nancy J. Dowd Humanitarian Award in September 2019.

For more information about the award and its criteria or about Mountain Valley Hospice’s services, please visit the Mountain Valley Hospice Facebook page (, its website at, or call (518) 725-4545. Nominations for the award can be sent to


The mission of Mountain Valley Hospice is to enhance the lives of those we serve by supporting what matters most to them.  Mountain Valley Hospice supports patients and families in the Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Hamilton Counties of New York State. The Nancy Dowd Hospice Home is an elegantly rustic, 8-bed facility with 24/7 care for those seeking comfort. Anyone can make a referral or request a tour of the building. For details, visit