Charity Hospice is
dedicated to providing
care that improves the
life and preserves human dignity.
500 Luray Drive/P.O. Box 2483
Wintersville, OH 43953
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Our services are available for the entire family.
Often we hear stories of stress, anxiety and depression when a person
is coping with
illness or death of someone in their life.
embraces caring for everyone
who may be
affected by illness, care giving, and grief.
Charity's support system cares for the youngest to the oldest
members of the community. In your most difficult
time count on
Charity Hospice to be
caregivers and compassionate friends.
Charity Hospice also works with many of our local Colleges and Universities as a Clinical site for Nursing, Social Workers, Counseling, Mental Health and Human Services, and Pharmacy.
These institutions of Higher Learning include: Franciscan University of Steubenville, Eastern Gateway Community College, West Virginia Northern Community College, Trinity School of Nursing, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy; and most recently West Liberty State College.
Cathy M. Cich, RN, BSN
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Cathy was born in Steubenville, OH and is the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Cich. She graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School in 1973, where she would years later return to work as a School Nurse for 3 years. She graduated from Jefferson Community College (now Eastern Gateway Community College) as an LPN in 1984 and then continued her education in Nursing at Franciscan University of Steubenville where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1988. Upon graduation, she began her nursing career working at the former St. John Medical Center on the 5th floor. Cathy also served as a Hospice Volunteer beginning in 1985 while she was in Nursing School. Cathy took a huge leap of faith, by leaving her full time position at the hospital and following what she truly believed was a vocation to work in Hospice Nursing. She started in February, 1989 and worked 15 years as a hospice nurse, Professional Relations Coordinator, and Hospice Educator speaking locally as well as nationally in Washington DC at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Symposium. She also spoke in Omaha, Nebraska on "Communicating with The Dying Patient". She continues to speak to various colleges and Universities in our community or wherever she is requested to speak including civic organizations.
Cathy was honored by Franciscan University as she received the "Fr. Kevin Keelan Alumni Award" in March, 1998. She then was the recipient of the Trinity Health System's "Community Women of the Year 2000 in the Spiritual Category" and then in 2004, Cathy was once again an award from Quinn Memorial AME Church receiving the "Community Person of the Year in Health / Hospice." Cathy has always viewed her passion of working with the dying as a ministry and never as a job. During her career as a hospice nurse, Cathy had what she referred to as a "divinely inspired dream" "One evening I dreamt of a residential hospice building and the sign on the outside of the building stated "Charity Hospice" and under that it had the statement "Where Charity and Love Prevail, There God is Ever Found". It was a dream that I never shared with anyone for years. I wasn't sure what it all meant, but it took almost 9 years to discover that our local community was a growing elderly area, and many elderly people were having a difficult time caring for loved ones at home. They needed a place to go ,where they
would be cared for by loving hospice staff with the philosophy of end of life care. This was the beginning of what we now have in our community as Charity Hospice, which began operating on April 24th, 2006. The dream of the Inpatient Residential Facility still remains the goal of Charity Hospice's Board of Trustees .
Cathy resides in Wintersville and is a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Wintersville. She serves on the Advisory Board for the LPN Program at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Melissa Greco, LNHA
Carriage Inn & House Steubenville
Melissa Greco is currently taking classes at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio in the Marketing field. She has already completed an Associate in Business Management obtained at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio. Prior to that, Greco attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
Melissa has completed Certified Training with Intrust Bank and Christi Regional Medical Care Center, both in Wichita, Kansas. Fields of training include building trust, team management, developing others, correcting performance, commitment to preset goals, roles of leadership, regulation compliance, corporate blueprints, positive results, sales management, proactive listening, customer satisfaction and resolution, team players, and other various classes!
Currently, Melissa is the Executive Director of the Young Women's Christian Association where she oversees volunteer work, fund raising, grant writing, staff management, develops and executes programs, manages kitchen, manages marketing and is a residence director.
She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. And, Melissa is married to Jeff Greco, Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, in Wintersville, OH.
Attorney at Law
Joe was born in Washington, PA, has 3 brothers and two sisters, one who is also an Attorney. He is married to the former Kathy McMenamin and has three children. He has a Sole Practice of Law in Steubenville, and also serves as Jefferson County Court
From 1978-1981, Joe taught Business Law at the College of Steubenville. In 2006, He was also on staff at Jefferson Community College where he taught training to displaced workers.
Joe is licensed to practice in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, U.S. District Courts in Pittsburgh, PA, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
MEMBER OF FOLLOWING ASSOCIATIONS
Licensed Real Estate Insurance Agent for First American Title Insurance Company/Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company
Ohio State Bar Association
Jefferson County Bar Association
Who’s Who in the Midwest
Title Insurance Underwriter for First American Title Insurance Company/Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company
US Postmaster Steubenville & Wintersville - Retired 7/31/12
Anita L Petrella serves the Charity Hospice Board as Secretary. She is employed as the Postmaster of Steubenville and Wintersville Ohio Post Offices since January , 2005. Anita is a graduate of CCHS and the University of Steubenville with a BS degree in Finance and Business Management. She has been employed by the US Postal Service for 36 years until her retirement in 2012. She resides with her husband, Craig, and three sons, J, Billy and Michael. Anita is a member of Triumph of the Cross Parish in Steubenville.
Anita also has experience owning small businesses in Steubenville and Mingo for the past 15 years. In addition, she has owned and operated Petrella Rentals for 30 years.
Michael J. Zinno, CPA, MBA
Finance Director for the
Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Steubenville, OH
Michael is a 1985 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School. He received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Kent State University in 1989, and a Masters of Business Administration from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1995. His past work experience includes the Staff Accountant at the former St. John Medical Center and Controller for Bethany College.
Currently, he is the Finance Director for the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He is an active member of the community serving as Board President for the Area Agency on Aging Region 9, serving on the local educational advisory council for Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School, serves on the zoning board of appeals for the City of Steubenville, and is a member of the Steubenville Lion's Club. He resides in Steubenville with his wife Tammy and their two children, Joseph and Isabella.
Antonio ("Tony") Licata, MD
Retired General Surgeon Weirton & Steubenville
Dr. Antonio S. Licata is a retired general surgeon from Weirton. He practiced in the Weirton and Steubenville area for about thirty years until his retirement in 2000. Dr. Licata has been involved with hospice care for a great many years having served as medical director and on the board of hospice in the past. He has also served on the board of trustees at the Weirton Medical Center and the Weirton Osteopathic Hospital where he served as the president of the board. He also was the Medical Director of the Weirton Medical Center for several years. He has also been chairman of the department of surgery at both the Weirton Medical Center and St. John Medical Center.
Dr. Licata has been an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church having been a member of the Pastoral Council and the grade school board. He has been an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist since 1974. He and his wife Ruth have been instrumental in leading the Bereavement Ministry at St. Joseph’s Church.
Dr. Licata is a past member of the Council of the West Virginia State Medical Association and the Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences of West Virginia University. He is now a member of the Emeriti Academy of the College. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer during Viet Nam and as a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army as a surgeon during Desert Storm. Dr. Licata, also has been an original Board Member of Charity since its inception.
Mary Grace Mihalyo, BS, PharmD, CGP, BCPS
Trinity Health System
Duquesne Univ- Mylan School of Pharmacy
Palliative Therapeutics, LLC/ CoPs, LLC
Therapeutic Connections Charitable Pharmacy
Dr. Mary G. Mihalyo is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA. She teaches courses in Palliative Care, Pain Management and Women's Health Care Issues. She is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP).
In April 2011, Dr. Mihalyo was selected for visiting professorship via Duquesne University and Kobe Gaukin University in Kobe, Japan where she lectured in Palliative Care and Preferred Medication Use in End-of-Life Care.
In April 2012, Dr. Mihalyo was accepted as a participant in the Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education Program (PCEP). During the one year program she will focus on pediatric palliative care and the development of a Center of Excellence in Pharmaceutical End-of-Life Care.
Dr. Mihalyo serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for Trinity Health System, Steubenville, OH and she is the Founder and President of Palliative Therapueutics, LLC and CoPs, LLC. In addition, she is the Founder and President of Therapeutic Connections Charitable Pharmacy, an indigent care charitable pharmacy and medication repository program located in Steubenville, OH.
Dr. Mihalyo is a pioneer in the provision of medication-therapy-management services to Hospice and Palliative Care Patients. She worked for more than twelve years developing the pharmaceutical care model of "On Demand Clinical Pharmacy Services" originally developed when she was associated with Valley Hospice, Inc. Steubenville, OH.
The current research interest of Dr. Mihalyo include the Delivery of Palliative Care to Women of Low Economic Status in the U.S., Wound Care in the Palliative Care Population, and the Strategic Bypass of PBM's in the Direct Delivery of Pharmaceutical Care to End-of-Life Care Organizations.
Dr. Mihalyo is the American co-editor of the Hospice & Palliative Care Formulary USA (2008). She has co-authored numerous articles published in the Palliative Care Medical Literature over the last ten years.
Dr. Mihalyo is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). She served on the NHPCO Pharmacy Section steering committee from 2006-2009. She continues to serve on the education committee for the Midwest Care Alliance as she has for many years. Dr. Mihalyo is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists (ASCP).
Msgr. Kenneth Uram
Diocese of Steubenville,
Msgr. Uram was born in Cleveland, OH. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland; studied philosophy at the Diocesan Seminary and theology at St. Francis Seminary in Loretta, PA. Msgr. Uram was ordained May 23, 1959 at Holy Name Cathedral. In 1962, he was appointed Administrator of St. John Fisher Mission in Richmond, OH which later became a Parish and Msgr. was the first pastor.
He also served as Superintendent of schools , Director of the Catholic Community Center, a member of the Steubenville Ecumenical Institute, the Diocesan Board of Consultors, and a representative on the Priests' Senate. Other offices included the Liturgical Commission, a pro-syndodal judge and examiner, and a chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
In 1973, he was named Diocesan Director of Religious Education, an office he served for nine years. Other Pastorates included Holy Rosary and Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville. He returned in 1985 to St. John Fisher Church as Pastor and Administrator and also the now closed St. Thomas More Mission in Bloomingdale. He was named a prelate of honor in 1990 with the title of Monsignor. He was also appointed in 2000, as the pastor of St. Joseph Church in Amsterdam for one year, while retaining St. John Fisher in Richmond.
Msgr. Uram retired July 1, 2004. He resides in Wintersville and provides weekly assistance at St. John Fisher Parish and other local area churches when needed. He continues to serve on the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board and also serves on the Finance Committee on the Board of Trustees of Charity Hospice.
Tracy Miller, BS,
CMA Director of Medical Assisting Program
Eastern Gateway Community College
Tracy Miller is the Director of the Medical Assisting Program at Eastern Gateway Community College. She has a
BS in Business Management from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a
Medical Assisting certificate from Jefferson Community College. She is also an employee of Trinity Health Systems where she has assisted in Managing Medical Offices for Physician Practices.
She is the Past President of the Board of Charity Hospice, where she has been on the Board since the inception of Charity Hospice in 2004.
Advisory Board, member for Jefferson Community College Medical Assisting Program,
Advisory Board member for Pittsburgh Technical Institute Medical Programs.
Tracy attends the North River Avenue Christian Church in Toronto, OH.
M. Pervaiz Rahman, MD
Physician Designee to Medical Director
Served as Medical Director of Charity Hospice 2007-Aug. 19, 2013
Dr. Rahman graduated with his MD from Hugh Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan . He trained with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Medical Oncology in New Zealand. Dr. Rahman also did his Internal Medicine Residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He did his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Steubenville, OH. He also serves at Weirton Medical Center .
Dr. Rahman is Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Care.
Denise D. Lucas, PhD, RN, CFNP
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Maria Tranto, Weirton, WV
Dr. Denise Lucas is full time Assistant Professor of Nursing at Duquesne University with a Primary course load in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also serves as a Primary Care Provider in the office of Dr. Maria Tranto, in Weirton, WV. She is licensed in OH, PA, and WV.
Dr. Lucas received her Associate Degree (AD) in Nursing from WV Northern Community College, her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from Wheeling Jesuit College, her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Wheeling Jesuit College as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and lastly her Doctor of Philosophy Nursing from West Virginia University.
Jeanne Ann VanFossen, CFNP
Professor of Nursing -
WV Northern Community Community College
Jeanne Ann VanFossen received her Bachelor of Science at Alderson-Broaddus College.
She also has an MSN, MS from West Virginia University.
Jeanne Ann is currently employed by West Virginia Northern Community College for the past 17 years as Professor of Nursing.
In addition to the above, she maintains herself as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Take Care Health in Pittsburgh PA.
Robin Snider-Flohr, EdD
Eastern Gateway Community College
Dean of Health & Public Services
Robin Snider-Flohr was a graduate of the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her education and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from West Liberty University. She worked at Trinity Health Systems as the Head Nurse in Coronary Care. Robin also was the Director of Nursing at Harrison Community Hospital.
Robin later went to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she obtained her Masters in Business Administration. And then obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Sarasota.
Robin has been employed by Eastern Gateway Community College (formerly Jefferson Community College) for over 20 years as a member of the Health Science Faculty. She also served as the Director of the Medical Assisting Program. She serves the College as an Accreditation Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Academic Health Education Programs.
Robin serves on the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Clinic, is a member of the Rotary and the American Association of Medical Assistants. She brings her expertise and has served on the Board of Trustees for Charity Hospice since December, 2011.
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David J. Arnold
Trinity Health System
Dave Arnold graduated from Ohio State University with a Masters in Health Administration and graduated also Cum Laude from Hiram College in Hiram, OH with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was the recipient of the "Champion of Diversity" Award given by OSU HSMP Alumni Society in 2011.
Dave has been employed by Trinity Health System since 1993. He has excellent management experience in successful health systems. Dave has an extensive background in managing soundly hospital operations; leading facility, technology and service improvements; beginning new services and businesses; and negotiating strategic alliances with external organizations. He serves on the Boards of a variety of community and civic organization.
Dave is a resident of Toronto, OH. He is the proud father of two children: Matthew - age 28, and Molly - age 25. He enjoys travelling and has travelled to Europe extensively during and after his college years. He even lived in England for a few months.
Rosemary E. Mascio, BS, LSW
Social Worker - Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV
Rosemary Mascio was born in Wheeling, WV. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Rosemary is employed at Weirton Medical Center as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Her assignments include Acute Care Units, Skilled Care Unit, Outpatient Services, and Emergency Services. Past assignments included Oncology and Mother Care Services. Rosemary also facilitated a Cancer Support Group as well as being a co-facilitator for a Bereavement Support Group at Weirton Medical Center.
Rosemary's family includes her son Christopher Mascio, MD and his wife Beth Tluchowski Mascio, MD. She also has a daughter Julie Elizabeth Mascio Connick, Esq., and her husband Michael Connic, Esq.
Rosemary is a member of the Italian American Cultural Club and the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild. She has been serving on the Board of Charity Hospice since September, 2010.
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