Pharmacy earns Hoye Award

JOHNSTOWN – The staff of Palmer Pharmacy in Johnstown was recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Gregory R. Hoye Award at a dinner Thursday at the Holiday Inn.

The award is given each year by Mountain Valley Hospice and the Hoye family.

Presented this year by AnnaMarie Hoye, a representative of the Hoye family, the Hoye Award is given to someone who has shown sensitive and compassionate care to the needs of patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses, a news release said.

The award is given in memory of Gregory R. Hoye, who died in 1987.

In the nomination read by Hoye, it was noted hospice patients often experience distressing symptoms, which can occur quickly and without warning at any time of the day or evening and require immediate intervention.

The staff at Palmer’s has responded to the needs of hospice patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, holidays, weekends and in all types of weather, according to the news release.

“Despite all of the changes at Mountain Valley Hospice in 27 years, the staff at Palmer Pharmacy has always been there to provide support,” Hoye said. “They have without reservation served hospice patients with professionalism, efficiency and compassion, and we are forever grateful.”

Nominees for the Hoye Award are submitted by business and community partners.

Other nominees for the 2013 Hoye Award were Susan Frasier, chief operating officer of Mountain Valley Hospice; Dr. Joanne Porter from Albany Medical Center; Susan Casler from St. Mary’s Hospital; Susan Hathaway-Ringland, hospice volunteer and board member; and the Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams, chaplain at Mountain Valley Hospice.