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

Dear Members, Colleagues, Friends, & Neighbors:

Since its establishment in 1985, the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care (VAHPC) has supported the tremendous growth of hospice and palliative care in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, as an independent association, it has become increasingly difficult to operate due to sector changes and operational challenges.

On December 31, 2022, the VAHPC Board of Directors, after months of careful consideration, made a pivotal decision to dissolve operations but not their mission. Their mission will combine with LeadingAge Virginia as we advocate to expand the world of possibilities for aging including for quality care for all persons with life-limiting illnesses, promoting hospices and palliative care education and ethical practices, and serving as a united voice and resource for all our members.

The VAHPC has always been a valued ally in our state. This opportunity allows us to work together and continue to fulfill our collective mission. We will continue to advocate for the continuum of aging services and including the VAHPC members into LeadingAge Virginia will make us even stronger in that advocacy.

We welcome VAHPC members into LeadingAge Virginia with pride and a renewed commitment to the work that must be continued on behalf of our members and in support of those they serve. For more information, or with any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Andrews, President & CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, at [email protected]

We wish you and all you love a happy and healthy holiday season. 

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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