Proclamation recognizing hospice workers and domestic violence set

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday issued a proclamation de4claring November as "National Hospice and Palliative Care Month" in the county. The proclamation was read Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born, second from left, at the County Office Building in Johnstown. Appearing from left are: board Chairman James Groff; Born; and these Mountain Valley Hospice employees: Kara Travis, president/CEO; Amy Osborne, chief financial officer; Adrienne Quickenton, lead social worker; Dana Monk, nurse manager; Cora Jones, HR manager; and Marjorie Sargent, clinical director. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday issued proclamations recognizing hospice care and domestic violence awareness.

Proclamations were issued during the board’s monthly session at the County Office Building.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born read the hospice proclamation in the presence of several staff from Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville.

The board declared October to be “National Hospice and Palliative Care Month” in Fulton County.

The proclamation notes: “Medicare’s first-proven coordinated care model, hospice, offers person-centered compassionate care that ensures people dignity, choice and quality of life … The hospice model involves an interdisciplinary, team-oriented approach to treatment, including expert medical care, quality symptom control, and comprehensive pain management as a foundation of care.”

“Beyond providing physical treatment, hospice attends to the patient’s emotional, spiritual and family needs, and provides family services like respite care and bereavement counseling,” the proclamation stated.

The proclamation indicated that more than 1.5 million Americans living with life-limiting illness and their families every year receive care from the nation’s hospice programs.

Kara Travis, president and CEO of Mountain Valley Hospice, told the board: “Thank you so much. We really appreciate the recognition. We appreciate your support.”

Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh read another proclamation issued by the board. That proclamation declared October to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County.

“Domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner,” the proclamation read. “Domestic violence victims can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities.”

The proclamation went on to state: “Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families. The Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at