GLOVERSVILLE -- The staff of Palmer Pharmacy in Johnstown has been recognized with the 2013 Gregory R. Hoye Award, an honor given each year jointly by Mountain Valley Hospice and the Hoye family.
Presented by AnnaMarie Hoye during a Nov. 7 dinner at The Holiday Inn in Johnstown, the Hoye Award is given to someone who has demonstrated sensitive and compassionate care to the needs of patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses.
It is given in memory of Gregory R. Hoye, who passed away in 1987.
AnnaMarie Hoye explained hospice patients often experience distressing symptoms that can occur quickly and without warning at any time of the day or night 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, regardless of holidays or weekends and in all types of weather, she said.
"It is impossible to count the numerous times the pharmacists at Palmer's have opened the doors for us at 2, 3 or even 4 a.m., telling the on-call nurse to 'meet me at the side door,'" Hoye said. "Despite all the changes at Mountain Valley Hospice in 27 years, the staff at Palmer Pharmacy has always been there to provide support.
"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.