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The August 5th 2021 educational program will be held virtually. Caring for Veterans: a focus on mental health will be presented by Dr. Sandra Cotton from WVU School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Brandon Gregory, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist at the Morgantown Vet Center. The Hospice Council is very pleased to have two highly decorated veterans sharing their knowledge and experience on this important topic.

The Hospice Council held its 2019 Annual meeting at Muriale’s in Fairmont on November 7th, 2019. The guest speaker was Dolly Sullivan who has an independent practice, Intentional Wellness & Consulting, LLC in Morgantown which specializes in counseling, family therapy, educational services and consulting. From 2008-2016, she was clinical therapist and pediatric psychiatric consultation liaison manager with University Health Associates in WVU School of Medicine and faculty member of the WVU School of Social Work. She co-founded the Psychosocial Support Services Team in the WVU Children’s Hospital. The topic was Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care.

On August  8th, 2019, the presentation was ‘Hospice Regulatory and Quality Reporting Update’ with speaker Dr. Jennifer Kennedy from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

In April 2019 the topic was marketing hospice and there was networking for marketing and outreach staff and a volunteer committee meeting.

The November 2018 meeting of the Hospice Council of West Virginia was held at Muriale’s Restaurant in Fairmont. The educational topic was “The Opioid Epidemic: Ethics and Evidence” presented by Dr. Ryan Wakim, a psychiatrist who works with patients with substance use disorders. There was networking in the morning for hospice teams and discussion about how WV’s opioid epidemic is impacting them and how they solve problems, prevent drug diversion and manage pain.

At the annual meeting Cynthia Bougher, CEO of Valley Hospice was elected President for a second term (2019-20). Debbie Williamson will serve a second term as Secretary.