Tom Hallahan named next director of Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

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MV Times | March 17, 2016

In November, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard announced that executive director Terre Young would step down in August, after 10 years at the helm of the organization that since its inception in 1981 has strived “to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all who are facing advanced illness and loss, and to give them hope, comfort and compassion.”

This week, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard named Tom Hallahan of Oak Bluffs, currently executive coordinator of Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, its new executive director. Speaking to The Times Tuesday, Ms. Young said after conducting a search, Mr. Hallahan “clearly was the best fit for our organization.” He has over 20 years of experience working for health organizations, holds numerous degrees and certifications, and has been working on the Island for several years.

“My hope was that we would find someone who really could come into this work and make sure the best care was given to the families that come to us for care of their loved one who is dying, and the families who come to us for bereavement support,” Ms. Young said. “And that the person would give the best care to my staff, who are the ones who give that care. This is not always easy work.”

Ms. Young said that after 15 years working at Hospice, she’s ready to step away and spend more time on her farm in West Tisbury, especially working in her garden.

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