Malene Smith Davis Elected Chair of WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Arthurdale, WV  (June 21, 2017) Preston county native, Ms. Malene Smith Davis, President and CEO of Capital Caring and West Virginia Caring has been elected to her first term as Chair of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

At the beginning of the month Davis began her first term for the upcoming 2017-2018 year.  She will be leading WVU’s 200,000 plus alumni and the University to reach new heights. 

Davis is President and Chief Executive Officer of West Virginia Caring and Capital Caring, two of the largest and most experienced hospice and palliative care providers in the United States.  Both nonprofit, community-based organizations, WV Caring and Capital Caring serve more than 1,300 moms, dads, and kids every day in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. While a vast majority of care is provided to over 1400 patients wherever they call home, Capital Caring also operates 59 inpatient beds in four acute-care facilities.

Davis began her career as the President and CEO of Hospice Care Corporation (now known as West Virginia Caring) headquartered in Arthurdale, West Virginia.  Davis was the organization’s first paid employee in 1988 and built Hospice Care into one of the largest hospice organizations in West Virginia, serving 12 counties in North Central West Virginia and 4 counties in Western Pennsylvania prior to transferring to the DC region to take over the helm at, what was then, Capital Hospice. 

In 2008, while at Hospice Care, Davis created the first national endowed lectureship focused on pain and palliative care at the West Virginia University School of Nursing, “The Perry G. Fine, MD Pain and Palliative Care Lecture Series”. The endowed lectureship is the only one in the country that partners a community-based hospice and a major university bringing national and international pain management experts to the state.  In the same year she opened the first hospice Short-Term Acute Inpatient Unit serving North Central West Virginia.

In 2016, Davis was abIe to partner Capital Caring and West Virginia Caring, bringing her healthcare journey full-circle and back to her native state.  This partnership has brought innovative solutions, like TeleCaring™ and palliative care, to improve quality of care for the region with better patient outcomes.

Recognized nationally for her work in advancing the hospice philosophy and advocating for better care for the seriously ill, Davis has received numerous honors for her commitment and dedication to hospice, palliative care, and the seriously ill including: Patient Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2013), WVU School of Nursing Top 50 Graduates Award, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Project on Death in America Nursing Leadership Award in Palliative Care (2006),  Matthew F. McNulty, Jr. 2007 Award, given by the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area to honor outstanding healthcare leaders, BB&T Banks’ Community Improvement 2007 Award, and the Blue Cross/Care First Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care 2007 award. 

Davis received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from West Virginia University (1984), a master’s degree in Business Administration (1989), and a master’s degree of Nursing (1994).  Since her graduation, she has remained highly involved in West Virginia University serving on the School of Nursing Visiting Committee, the School of Public Health Visiting Committee, and the Chair of West Virginia University Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also serves on the Women of West Virginia Leadership Council and on the Board of the National Partnership Hospice Innovations.

She and her husband Bob split their time between homes in historic Arthurdale, WV and Arlington, VA and remain committed to their mission of “Simply Improving Care for West Virginians”.