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Dr. Wendy Schmitz Named Medical Director of Inpatient Care

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has announced the appointment of Dr. Wendy Schmitz to serve as Medical Director for Inpatient Care. wendy_schmitz

Dr. Schmitz joined the Hospice of Dayton medical staff as a Clinical Medical Director in July 2008. She earned her medical degree at the Medical School of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California and completed her residency at Kettering Medical Center, where she was a Weiffenbach Scholar. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Prior to joining Hospice of Dayton, Dr. Schmitz served as a hospitalist with South Dayton Acute Care Consultants at Miami Valley Hospital and had also served as medical director of sub-acute care units with Arbors of Dayton Long Term Care, Carriage by the Lake Nursing Home, and Hickory Creek Nursing Home.

In announcing the new role Dr. Schmitz will assume overseeing inpatient care, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruth Thomson noted “Dr. Schmitz has a wealth of experience and has provided exemplary clinical expertise and leadership in our Hospice inpatient settings throughout her tenure with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. She has embraced the concept of palliative procedures, which has greatly improved the comfort and care of our patients needing these services.”

Dr. Schmitz will continue to provide direct patient care as well as take on new medical leadership responsibilities. She is also spearheading an international physician exchange partnership through Care Partners International with the goal of establishing hospice care services in a partnership in Ecuador.

Staff Members Present at Midwest Care Alliance 2015 Annual Conference

During the 2015 Midwest Care Alliance Annual Conference held in Columbus, Ohio, ten members of Ohio’s Hospice will lead multiple educational programs. The following programs will be presented by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton staff members:

  • Kathy Van Pelt, RN, MSN, CHPN presents “Warriors at Ease: Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation”;
  • Jeff Lycan, RN, MS, and Ruth Thomson, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, HMDC, both part of the Senior Leadership Team, will discuss “Hot Topics in End-of-Life Care”;
  • Vice President Kim Vesey, RN, presents “The Most Important Person on the Hospice Team is YOU (and Everyone Else)!”;
  • Physicians Cleanne Cass, CO, FAAHPC, FAAFP, and Ruth Thomson, DO FACOI, FAAPM, HMDC, and Pharmacist Rebecca Bledsoe will discuss “Universal Precautions for Drug Diversion and Misuse in Hospice: Could an Ounce of Prevention Be Worth a Pound of Cure?”;
  • Dr. Cass and Lorin Yolch, PhaD, CGP, FASCP, DeltaCare RX, will present “Oncological Emergencies and Advanced Symptom Management of Cancer Patients”;
  • Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, and recipient of MCA 2015 Professional of the Year award, will present “Geriatric Pharmacotherapy”; and,
  • Education Department Director Julie Wickline, RN, BSN, CHPN, and Chief HR and Compliance Officer Amy Wagner, BS, CHC, will lead an interactive program on “What’s My Line? Improving Care Through Occupational Cultural Awareness.”

Please stop and say hello to one of the friendly faces from the Ohio’s Hospice team if you will be a part of this year’s conference!

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State Organization Honors Clinical Team Liaison, Dr. Nancy Trimble

Dr. Nancy Trimble Named MCA 2015 Professional of the Year

Dr. Nancy Trimble Named MCA 2015 Professional of the Year

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Clinical Team Liaison Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, will be honored as Professional of the Year by the Midwest Care Alliance on November 5 in Columbus.

The Midwest Care Alliance (MCA) is a non-profit that promotes hospice care and to supports the growth and development of provider programs through education, advocacy and technical information. 
Their Professional of the Year Award is recognition for home, hospice and palliative care professionals by home, hospice and palliative care professionals. This award recognizes individual MCA members who have made
 significant and repeated achievements in home, hospice and palliative care, particularly on a state level. Award recipients are visionaries who demonstrate creativity, courage, and their work has made a substantial difference in one or more of the following areas: exceptional service, program creation, administrative development, innovative research or educational advancement.

Dr. Trimble has five years of service at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. She is an expert in geriatrics and geriatric pharmacotherapy and is active in the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and District 10 Ohio Nurses Association where she has served in multiple leadership roles. She is certified as a trainer in end-of-life education and is a valued educator in the clinical community. Dr. Trimble is also an active member of her own church community and serves on the board of the Fairborn Senior Center, as adjunct faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University and guest speaker for Wright State School of Nursing students.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is a non-profit hospice provider and has served patients and families in the Miami Valley for nearly 40 years in their homes, extended care and assisted living facilities and the Hospice House location in Dayton.  Grief support services are available to the entire community through the Pathways of Hope grief support center. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton serves over 600 patients and families daily, achieving national recognition for innovative services and outstanding care. It is a member of Ohio’s Hospice, a partnership of mission-driven, non-profit hospices in Ohio committed to a shared mission and vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospices.

Dr. Ruth Thomson Achieves Fellowship Status

Ruth Thomson, D.O., Vice President of Medical Care with Hospice of Dayton, has achieved one of the highest honors the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine can bestow.  Dr. Thomson has earned recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Fellowship is an honor achieved by those physicians whose professional activity is devoted to the practice of hospice and/or palliative medicine. Fellows of the Academy are required to be board certified, members of AAHPM for 5 years and active within the Academy. These individuals request and voluntarily submit applications for Fellowship. In so doing, they are inviting an evaluation of their practice by their peers of their personal integrity, knowledge of the field, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

Dr. Thomson joins Hospice of Dayton colleague Cleanne Cass, D.O., in achieving the advanced recognition as a Fellow by demonstrating significant commitment to the field of hospice and palliative medicine.