Statement from the VAHPC Board of Directors on the Future of the Association

Dear Members, Colleagues, Friends, & Neighbors:

As hospice professionals, we are accustomed to dealing with the end of relationships.  We know the signs when life in one form is reaching its end.  We are trained to usher people through a transition of letting go, dealing with loss, and adapting to a new way of moving forward.  What we learned and gained from the relationship stays with us, and part of how we adapt is by carrying these important vestiges forward with us.

Since its establishment in 1985, the Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care (VAHPC) has supported the tremendous growth of hospice and palliative care in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This is a history of which we are extremely proud.  However, as an independent association, it has become increasingly difficult to operate, even while we continue to see successes from our efforts.  These industry changes and operational challenges have led us to determine that continuing in the VAHPC’s present form is not a sustainable path for supporting the mission that this Association embodies.  It is that thoughtful analysis that led the Board of Directors of the VAHPC to make the difficult decision to cease our current operations effective December 31, 2022, and dissolve the Association.  

Our members and community should be proud of the many accomplishments of this Association, including:

  • The VAHPC has hosted numerous continuing education programs and provided hospice professionals with access to discounted learning opportunities and resources.  
  • The VAHPC has served as a trusted authority on matters relevant to hospice and palliative care for those charged with evaluating and determining legislative and regulatory policies for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • During Regular Sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, the VAHPC has hosted weekly Legislative Updates to provide focused briefings on relevant bills and expert insights into their status and prospects.    
  • Members’ staff have benefitted from joining our virtual Member Forum gatherings to discuss key topics and share practical experiences.
  • VAHPC leadership has served as an informational resource for countless residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as individuals and providers located out-of-state and in need of information on hospice and palliative care in the Commonwealth. 

Our members, residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and even some of our out-of-state neighbors will continue to benefit from the receipt of these services and from our accomplishments together long after the VAHPC is gone. 

To all of the hospice and palliative care providers and teams who have dedicated countless hours of service, volunteerism, and compassion to Virginia residents, you are celebrated and will always be remembered as the history of the VAHPC.      

Sincerely,

The VAHPC Board of Directors


Educational Offerings/Webinars

 

COVID 19 - Link to Resources for Hospice Providers 

 

 VAHPC Announces Preferred Vendor Arrangement with Integriti3D

for Hospice Governance Academy©

The Virginia Association for Hospice and Palliative Care is proud to announce it has signed a preferred vendor agreement with Integriti3D for organization subscriptions to the Hospice Governance Academy. VAHPC members are now eligible for special members-only rates for the Hospice Governance Academy and Hospice Governance Academy PLUS, online learning platforms to support high-impact governance.

 The Hospice Governance Academy was designed for busy hospice chief executives and board members who want an easy and consistent way to onboard and develop a strong board of directors.

 “VAHPC members and Integriti3D share the same commitment to improve upon current best practices and provide the highest quality hospice care,” said Bill Musick, President of Integriti3D and creator of the Hospice Governance Academy.  “With Hospice Governance Academy as a foundation, your board deliberations can go broader and deeper, allowing your board to reach its full potential as a strategic asset. It’s also a great way to engage boards during times when in-person meetings are restricted.”

The Hospice Governance Academy provides on-demand on-line modules focused on high-performing boards, hospice and palliative care trends and strategy, and the hospice board’s role in setting the tone at the top for compliance, ethics and integrity.

VAHPC members are welcome to set up a demonstration video call or trial subscription by contacting Bill Musick at [email protected] or (888) 942-0405.  For further information about the Hospice Governance Academy, go to the VAHPC Member Welcome page.

 

 


Advance Directives

 


Palliative Care

The Virginia Department of Health, VDH, has created a palliative care informational website which includes information on the following:

  • delivery of palliative care in the home and in primary, secondary and tertiary environments;
  • best practices for the delivery of palliative care;
  • consumer educational materials and referral information for palliative care and
  • continuing education opportunities for health care providers.
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