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Care partners at Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties go above and beyond to invest in each patient and consider his or her time with us to be a celebration of life. It’s our goal to help you cement your loved one’s legacy by embracing his or her life story and presenting it to others. Please, share your loved one’s life story with us today. We believe that illustrating life’s stories provides peace of mind for families while strengthening our community.  Contact 937-256-4490 ext. 4409 or fill out the form below to share your story today.

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End of Life Education for Clinicians

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Hospice of Dayton is offering a day-long educational conference offering 6 Continuing Education Credits for nurses, social workers and nursing home administrators on Wednesday, March 11.  Superior End of Life Care for Our Patients, Our Families and Ourselves will cover such topics as Regulatory Myths versus Clinical Realities in End of Life Care; Do’s and Don’ts of Dementia; Nutrition and Hydration Concerns at the End of Life; “Final Hours” Conversations:  What to Say…And What Not to Say as Death Approaches; From Hurting to Healing:  Supporting the Bereaved and Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma (When Caring Hurts.)

The program cost is $75 and includes CEU credits, educational materials, continental breakfast, lunch buffet and beverages throughout the day.  The event will be held at Top of the Market, 32 Webster Street, from 8 am to 4 pm.  Participants are invited to register online

Clergy Invited to Matters of the Heart Presentation

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The first in a series of quarterly presentations by Hospice of Dayton for members of the clergy is slated for Thursday, February 12.

Hospice of Dayton invited members of the clergy to discuss how best to partner in addressing the needs of those terminally ill in the community.  The first of the quarterly programs in response to their interests will focus m Matters of the Heart – Funeral Myths and Planning and Advance Directives.   The program will be held at the Kroc Salvation Army Center, 1000 North Keowee St. from 10 am to 12 pm.  Lunch will be included along with a networking opportunity from 12 to 1 pm.

Clergy members who are interested in attending can contact Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support with Hospice of Dayton, at 256-8142 or via email at  The goal of the quarterly presentations, according to Vesey, is to provide local members of clergy with resources and support for ministering to the sick, dying and grieving members of congregations in the Miami Valley.


End of Life Education Program Offered by Hospice of Dayton

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Nursing, Social Work and Nursing Home Administrative professionals are invited to attend a March 11 program on Superior End of Life Care for Our Patients, Our Families and Ourselves presented by Hospice of Dayton.  The link below details the presentations offered in the day-long program, which includes 6.0 Continuing Education Credits:


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Registration is available at    

Hospice Seeks to Involve Clergy

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Hospice of Dayton is reaching out to members of the clergy to better serve the needs of the terminally ill in the community.

Hospice of Dayton recently conducted a survey of community clergy seeking feedback on how to best meet the needs of parishioners at the end of life.  Based on that survey, Hospice of Dayton is launching new programs and providing support to clergy members.  According to Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support with Hospice of Dayton, “We continue to seek involvement and recommendations for ministering to the sick, dying and grieving members of congregations in the Miami Valley.”

For additional information about the initiative, please contact Kim Vesey at or 256-4490.



I am Hospice of Dayton

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Henrieta Sulag, STNA, CHPNA, joined the Hospice of Dayton staff four years ago.  How she came to Hospice of Dayton and why she is so committed to our mission is an inspirational story.
henrietaHenrieta Sulaj was born in Albania, the daughter of a physician and a journalist.  Like her brothers, Henrieta earned a degree in mathematics and served as a teacher for over 28 years.   When she arrived in Chicago twelve years ago, she spoke no English, and struggled to find work for over a year.  Finally (and fortunately for Hospice of Dayton) she became a nursing assistant at Dayton area extended care facilities. While at Kingston, she encountered members of the Hospice of Dayton staff, and embraced the hospice mission as her own.  “I could not help my mother when she became ill and needed me there,” Henrieta says.  “So I told her I was going to help other people, and treat them as I would have treated her.”

Henrieta’s heart is with Crisis Care.  Asked why, she explains “It’s the personal relationships with patients and families.  If I make the patient comfortable, I am comforting the family.  I want to help them find peace.”  Sometimes families are suspicious and unwelcoming because of her accent.  ”When I can win over those families, it makes me so happy!” she says.  She extends her love of her own family as she cares for patients.  “I was not able to kiss my Mom good-bye.  I can kiss my patients.  It’s so personal.”

Now registering for PATHWAYS BREAKAWAY

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CLICK HERE to register.


Pathways Breakaway is a daylong, grief focused event designed

for children, 7-17, who have experienced the death of a parent or

other loved one. Experiencing the event in age specific groups,

participants will enjoy fun activities such as swimming, ice skating

and games as well as grief activities involving art, music and

discussion groups. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Pathways Breakaway will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015,

a day on which most children will be out of school for the Martin

Luther King holiday. The event, which will be held at the Kettering

Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio, will begin

at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Breakaway is offered at no

charge, but pre-registration is required as the event will be limited

to 50 children. For further information and registration materials,

please contact Pathways of Hope at (937)258-4991, or email, or register online at

Clergy Members Invited to Breakfast Meeting and Discussion

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Members of the clergy are invited to meet with Hospice of Dayton on Wednesday, December 10 at the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center to discuss how best to partner in addressing the needs of those terminally ill in the community.  The breakfast program will be held in Room 116 of the Ponitz Center and all interested members of the community clergy are invited to attend.

Hospice of Dayton conducted a survey of community clergy a few months ago seeking input on how to best meet their needs in supporting church members at the end of life.  According to Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support with Hospice of Dayton, initial results of that survey will be shared at the meeting and clergy will be asked for additional feedback and recommendations on how to best partner to better meet the needs of seriously ill in their congregations.

For additional information about the initiative, please contact Kim Vesey at or 256-4490.


Hospice Celebrates Veterans Every Day

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One in four of all deaths in the U.S. are Veterans.  Veterans Day was celebrated this month.  For those serving veterans with life-limiting illnesses at Hospice of Dayton, veterans day is every day.

As a We Honor Veterans participant, Hospice of Dayton has developed a special program with specialized care for Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.   The national We Honor Veterans effort of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers four levels of distinction for programs addressing the needs of veterans. Hospice of Dayton’s American Pride program has earned the highest level of recognition for services and offerings provided to veterans and their families. The American Pride program  is designed to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.

Through American Pride, veterans are recognized for their service with a pinning ceremony conducted by other military veterans; provided with specific benefits information and support in completing benefit applications by personnel dedicated to this purpose; provided with the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight visit to Washington D.C. military monuments (as patient condition permits); and assured that family members will benefit from bereavement support tailored to their needs.  In addition, Hospice of Dayton has sponsored educational programs on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to educate clinical professionals to the unique needs of PTSD patients at the end-of-life.


New Clinical Collaboration Announced to Strengthen Palliative Care

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 Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice, comprised of Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Miami County, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties and Innovative Care Solutions palliative services, have announced a clinical collaboration to enhance the availability and services of palliative care and hospice to patients in the Miami Valley.   

Under the new agreement, Innovative Care Solutions will coordinate palliative care services for all Premier Health locations, assuring high standards and experienced providers in palliative care services to Premier Health consumers in need of specialized palliative care services.  The agreement enables the organizations to manage patients across a continuum of care to better ensure optimal patient outcomes and lower costs while maintaining high quality care standards.

Ohio’s Hospice, in collaboration with Premier Health, is also opening a hospice inpatient unit at Upper Valley Medical Center, managed by Hospice of Miami County. Ohio’s Hospice President/CEO Kent Anderson notes,  “This new hospice inpatient unit expands the continuum of hospice services available to Miami County residents.  It is part of this clinical collaboration, and reflects the shared values and mission of Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice. Equally important, this enhances our shared commitment to improving accessibility and quality of care available to the patients and families we have the privilege of serving.”

“Providing palliative care and hospice services is a special responsibility that we embrace with deep compassion,” says Paula Thompson, president and CEO of Fidelity Health Care, Premier Health’s home health division. “Working collaboratively with Ohio’s Hospice strengthens the scope of the services which are centered on the individual, their family members and friends.  We consider it a privilege to work together to better serve those who are in need of these services.”

About Premier Health

Premier Health serves the community with more than 100 locations throughout Southwestern Ohio, including hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, health centers, primary care and after-hours care, health specialists, a home health and community health services.

About Ohio’s Hospice

Ohio’s Hospice is a partnership of palliative and hospice care providers that includes Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, Hospice of Miami County and Innovative Care Solutions palliative care.  Ohio’s Hospice serves over 5,000 patients and families annually in Southwest Ohio in their homes, in assisted and extended living facilities, in hospitals and two area hospice houses