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Stories from the Front Lines: Stacy Nichols

During the COVID-19 Pandemic the Blue Ridge Hospice team continued caring for patients. Here is Stacy's story. During the pandemic we limited how many staff members could visit a patient in-person to reduce unnecessary exposure. Not only was I working as a CNA, but I also became the face of our music therapists, volunteers, and grief counselors.  I happily took on these roles for all of my patients, but I’ll never forget my experience with [...]

Grand Opening for New Thrift Shop in Purcellville

A crowd of excited shoppers, all wearing masks, began lining up at 8AM on Saturday morning in hopes of being the first to see the secondhand treasures at Blue Ridge Hospice’s brand-new thrift shop at 609 E Main St in Purcellville, Virginia. This is their ninth shop in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and the third shop located in Loudoun County. Blue Ridge Hospice, a local nonprofit organization that provides end of life care and free [...]

A Case for Masks from Dr. Flynn

I know it has seemed like years since we have all seen each other in person and these times continue to challenge what our sense of “normal” is each and every day. Just know that all the efforts you have made (and are making) ARE making a real difference in our area. Because of your social distancing, teleworking and mask wearing, our hospitals have been able to care for our fellow residents with COVID-19 effectively [...]

Volunteers Provide Face Masks to Blue Ridge Hospice

(Winchester, VA) Despite early preparation, hospices and hospitals all over the globe are experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the foreseeable future. With masks on back order and patient visits as crucial as ever, volunteers in the community have stepped up to offer their time and sewing skills to help support the urgent needs of Blue Ridge Hospice (BRH). “We are very short on face masks. We are not alone as most [...]

Hospice Care: The Missing Piece

William R. lived in a well-kept ranch style home, nestled on a sprawling piece of land east of Winchester. On a crisp, sunny December morning, I made my first visit to this gentleman, already well known to most of his hospice team. As we approached the front door, greeted by the distinctive squawking of chickens nearby on the property, I mentally reviewed what I had earlier read about the man I would meet inside. Under [...]

Fire Chief takes One Last Ride in Fire Truck

Chief Emeritus Selby Jacobs, now an in-home patient of Blue Ridge Hospice, got his wish of one last ride in a fire truck on Thursday. Wearing his uniform and riding shotgun in the Orkney Springs Fire Engine, Jacobs was joined by his daughter, Melissa Young, his Blue Ridge Hospice care team, and members of the Orkeny Springs, Shenandoah County, and Conicville Fire and Rescue Stations. “Our job is to leave the world a little better [...]

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