Mountain Hospice and the Barbour County Community Health Association are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for May.  Mike Elza, left, is the Marketing Manager for Mountain Hospice.  Eric Ruf is the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbour County Community Health Association.

The Barbour County Community Health Association is comprised of the Belington Medical Clinic, the Myers Clinic in Philippi, the Brandon Wellness Center at Philip Barbour High School, and the Wellness Center at Alderson Broaddus University.  Together they offer men’s and women’s healthcare, geriatric and pediatric health care, Medicare visits, well-child exams, sports physicals, behavioral health service, health education, and health insurance counseling, among other things.  The Belington Wellness Center also features a hydrotherapy pool and Silver Sneaker programs.  Ruf may be reached at 70 North Sturmer Street in Belington at 823-2800.

The Barbour County Community Health Association is Federally Qualified, serves a diverse population, and is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of our patients and communities, said CEO Ruf, who is also Treasurer of the West Virginia Primary Care Association and a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers.  Ruf holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership Studies from West Virginia University.

Mountain Hospice, formerly Hospice of Barbour County, was the brainchild of several members of the Philippi Baptist Church who began the application process in 1989 and opened in donated space in the former Broaddus Hospital building in 1991 with two patients and a part-time Director.  The name was changed when Mountain Hospice was invited to serve patients in six other counties which today include Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties.

Mountain Hospice provides comprehensive programs including physiological, psychological, social and spiritual comfort and care the for terminally ill, their family, and close friends.  “We offer comfort and compassion when it’s needed most regardless of the ability to pay,” said Elza.

Mountain Hospice was recently named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the nation’s leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, which recognized the Belington-based hospice program as having the “highest level of quality as measured by the caregivers point of view”.  Mountain Hospice also announced it received “zero deficiencies” in a recent triannual survey by the West Virginia State Surveyors who conducted an in-depth review of their entire hospice program. 

Mountain Hospice is a sponsor of Camp Good Grief 2018, which is scheduled for June 7th at the Barbour County Fairgrounds, June 12th in Parsons Mill Race Park, June 14th at the Keyser Middle School, July 10th at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins, and July 12th at the Franklin Carnival Grounds.  Call 823-3922 for further information. Elza is located at 102 South Crim Avenue in Belington.