Hospice names new CEO

GLOVERSVILLE – Clayton Sitterly, chairman of the Board of Directors of Mountain Valley Hospice, recently announced Susan Frasier of Johnstown has been promoted to chief executive officer, effective July 11.

Frasier currently serves as the director of clinical services and chief operating officer at Mountain Valley Hospice, a position she has held since 2011.

Frasier replaces current CEO Donn Diefenbacher, who will be leaving to accept employment closer to his Utica-area home, a news release said.

“MVH is fortunate to have Susan appointed as our CEO. Her resume, commitment to the Hospice mission, its staff and their full support brought us to this decision,” said Sitterly in the release.

“Don leaves us well-positioned to effectively meet the challenges brought about by the many changes in health care delivery, accountability and management. We are confident that the transition will be a smooth one,” Sitterly also said in the release.

Prior to serving as clinical director and COO at MVH, Frasier was the patient care supervisor at Community Hospice in Amsterdam. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Fulton-Montgomery Community College and a diploma in legal studies from Central City Business Institute in Syracuse.

Mountain Valley Hospice is a community based, not-for-profit agency founded in 1988.

In providing care to persons with life-limiting illnesses, the goal of hospice is to alleviate symptoms-physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and social-enabling patients and families to concentrate on living as comfortably and fully as possible, the release said.