10th Annual “Have a Heart” Campaign


West Virginia Caring, formerly Hospice Care Corporation is kicking off its 10th Annual “Have a Heart” fundraiser to increase awareness and raise money for patients who need Advanced Illness Care services. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Give Local.” The campaign will run through the entire the month of February with the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals here in North Central West Virginia.

The goal for this year’s campaign is $10,000, which benefits patient care for WV Caring, your local, community based 501(c) 3 non-profit Advanced Illness Care provider for more than 35 years. All proceeds raised will pay for local patients who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for end-of-life services. Last year, the campaign netted over $4,000 so there is a lot of opportunity for more participation and support.

The “Have a Heart” fundraiser is very important because it is supported by local businesses, individuals and organizations. And, even though this campaign looks like national in-store run by many organizations fighting various diseases; however, all the money that is raised stays right here in our local West Virginia communities. One dollar or more donated by many can make a big difference in our loved ones and neighbor’s lives who need end-of-life care.

“It’s important to “shop local” so we need to “give local” too. “By supporting locally-based businesses, we are strengthening our local economic base and investing in the lives of those we know, said Cynthia Woodyard, Vice President of Public Affairs for WV Caring. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Local businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate. Here’s how it works: You can support WV Caring’s mission through a sponsorship or allow your customers to donate $1 or more and proudly honor their loved one on a heart displayed in your business. All contributions are tax deductible. WV Caring provides you with all the materials free of charge to participate.


For more information or to participate please contact Kim Riley at (304) 864-0884 or email Kim Riley at kriley@wvcaring.org.


West Virginia Caring, a local 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization, is dedicated to serving those with advanced Illnesses and their families individuals transitioning through life-limiting illness while providing outreach, education and expertise in grief support to the entire community. West Virginia Caring serves 12 counties in West Virginia since 1983. It is owned by the communities it serves in North Central West Virginia. In fact, WV Caring is one of a few not for profit, local providers serving this area. For more information on what we do, please visit our web site at wvcaring.org or call us at 1-866-656-9790.


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West Virginia Caring Sponsors Taylor Swift Concert Experience


Children who have suffered the loss of a parent or loved one, along with family members or guardians, will be attending the July 10, 2018 Taylor Swift concert thanks to West Virginia Caring and its community partners. WV Caring (a non-profit hospice serving north central WV citizens) has embraced grieving children and teens for more than two decades by offering grief support through specialized bereavement programs held in individual West Virginia Caring neighborhoods across the Mountain State. WV Caring – along with its sister organization, Capital Caring, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — has access to a private suite at FedEx Field for the concert. Financial gifts from Apple Federal Credit Union and other donors will allow 17 children and their guardians (including three children and a mother from Clarksburg, WV) to be treated to an all-expenses-paid experience, including transportation, food, concert tickets and souvenirs.  Transportation is being provided courtesy of DC Trails.

Camp Caring

Two Camp Caring participants who are attending the Taylor Swift concert.


WV Caring, a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization, is dedicated to serving individuals and their families transitioning through life-limiting illness with palliative and hospice care while providing outreach, education and expertise in grief support to the entire community.

WV Caring fills unmet patient care needs by taking on complicated diagnoses, making sure hospice pediatric care is available to our communities, and more that is not provided by other end-of-life care providers.

WV Caring serves 12 counties in West Virginia since 1983. It is owned by the communities it serves in North Central West Virginia. In fact, WV Caring is one of a few not for profit, stand-alone advanced illness care providers serving this area.


WV Caring Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

West Virginia Caring has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate West Virginia Caring on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions. Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at www.healthcarefirst.com to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

“West Virginia Caring puts patients and families first, and the third-party, evidence-based Hospice Honors recognition validates our priorities,” said President and CEO Malene Davis, MBA, MSN, RN, CHPN. “We encourage the citizens and their families in our 12-county service area to call on West Virginia Caring if you have any questions or are considering palliative or hospice care needs.”

West Virginia Caring, formerly named Hospice Care Corporation, is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization, is dedicated to serving the terminally ill and their families individuals transitioning through life-limiting illness while providing outreach, education and expertise in grief support to the entire community.  WV Caring serves 12 counties in West Virginia since 1983. It is owned by the communities it serves in North Central West Virginia. In fact, WV Caring is one of a few not for profit, stand-alone hospices serving this area. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.wvcaring.org or call 1-800-350-1161.

HEALTHCAREfirst provides web-based technologies and services to improve business and clinical operations for over four thousand home health and hospice providers across the United States. Based in Springfield, MO and one of the fastest growing providers of its kind, the company provides agency and clinical management software, outsourced revenue cycle management services (billing, coding and OASIS Review), CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics, in any combination. HEALTHCAREfirst’s breadth of solutions offers agencies a single source to improve patient care, create operational efficiencies, increase profitability, and simplify CMS compliance. With HEALTHCAREfirst, agencies can focus on patients instead of paperwork. For more information, please call 800.841.6095 or visit the company’s website at www.healthcarefirst.com.

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