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Giving in Snowmass: Care for all stages of life

Compiled by Jill Beathard

Hospice patient Bert Petersen sleeps with his wife Lorna by his side. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and other health services throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.

Editor's Note: Giving in Snowmass is a series about nonprofits that serve the village that will be published in the Snowmass Sun this fall.

Snowmass Village is home base for several charity organizations, but there are nonprofits throughout the Roaring Fork Valley that also serve the needs of local residents. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is one such charity with an important role in residents' lives. Executive Director Markey Butler explains.

Snowmass Sun: How did your organization start?

Markey Butler: Hospice of the Valley was incorporated in November 2008 as an independent nonprofit hospice. The organization was developed to respond to a need throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys as a result of the closure of Roaring Fork Hospice in June 2008. The initial funding sources of Aspen Valley Hospital, Valley View Hospital, Aspen Valley Medical Foundation and a very generous individual donor offset the expense of the start-up costs associated with the development of the hospice program. Hospice of the Valley received its license from the State of Colorado at the end of January 2009, and its federal certification to provide Medicare/Medicaid services in the spring of 2009.

Snowmass Sun: What is your mission?

Markey Butler: The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is to provide compassionate and dignified palliative and end of life care to patients and their families.

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Snowmass Sun: What services do you provide to the community and who do you serve?

Markey Butler: At this time, HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley offers a Medicare-certified home health agency, a private duty home health agency and a Medicare-certified hospice and the only agency providing pediatric home health services and a full array of Medicaid-waiver programs. Our goal and mission continue to be focused on "caring for our community," and keeping families in our valleys instead of relocating as a result of inadequate community-based programs for care in one's home.

Snowmass Sun: What makes HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley unique?

Markey Butler: Hospice of the Valley is unique in that we are the only agency providing home-based hospice service in the Roaring Fork Valley. The dispersed population and high cost of living in our region make it very difficult for a hospice to succeed in this market. We are constantly increasing the efficiency of our operation, but we still require philanthropic support from our community to fulfill our mission of caring for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Snowmass Sun: What is the best thing about operating in Snowmass Village?

Markey Butler: The best thing about operating in Snowmass Village is the people. The residents of Snowmass Village are incredibly supportive of our organization, offering volunteer support, philanthropic support and great community involvement opportunities such as the Snowmass Rodeo. It is an honor to care for the people of Snowmass Village.

HomeCare & Hospice of the valley

1901 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, Glenwood Springs

970-930-6008

http://www.hchotv.org