500 Luray Drive

PO Box 2483

Wintersville, OH 43953

toll: (866) 884-8008

phone: (740) 264-2280

fax: (740) 264-2290
































Charity Hospice is dedicated to providing professional care that improves the quality of life and preserves human dignity.

500 Luray Drive/P.O. Box 2483
Wintersville, OH 43953
Toll: 866-884-8008
Phone: 740-264-2280

Fax: 740-264-2290

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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 the serious illness or death of someone in their life.
Our philosophy 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 Executive 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. 

Board of Trustees

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.


Denise D. Lucas, PhD, RN, CFNP

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Maria Tranto, Weirton, WV

(Vice President)

       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. 

Anita Petrella

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).   






    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.



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.



 David Mosti
Mosti Funeral Homes

     David Mosti, Owner of Mosti Funeral Homes is a 1975 graduate of Catholic Central High School (CCHS).  He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1980 and continued his studies at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1982.  He continues his practice with his Father Donald Mosti.  And recently has also included his son Jared in his practice as a Licensed Mortician.  His second son Justin is also near completion of his studies as well in Mortuary Science.  Dave is married to the former Marilyn Cashioli and he and his family reside in Steubenville. 

David J. Arnold, MHA

     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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