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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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Now registering for PATHWAYS BREAKAWAY

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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

pathwaysofhope@hospiceofdayon.org, or register online at

hospiceofdayton.org/breakaway.

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 kvesey@hospiceofdayton.org 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.

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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

Holiday Grief Support

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Hospice_3_1_13-32The holidays are a challenging time for those experiencing grief.  Pathways of Hope Grief Support is offering a Holiday Grief Support group on a drop-in basis every Wednesday evening, November 5 through December 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Pathways of Hope, at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue.  The group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.  Advance registration is not required and there is no fee.  If you have questions or want additional information, please call 937-258-4991.

October 12-18 is Ohio Advance Directive Week

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Hospice of Dayton is joining in efforts to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as part of Ohio Advance Directives Week.  As a participating organization, Hospice of Dayton is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and a living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.  These resources are available by clicking here.

Having conversations with loved ones and completing reliable advance directives to make wishes known is an important part of healthcare choice and decision-making. By sharing advance directives, families and healthcare providers can carry out the wishes of patients with peace of mind.

 

Remembrance Walk Slated for November 1 at Hospice of Dayton

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The annual Hospice of Dayton 5K Remembrance Walk will take place Saturday, November 1 at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton.

This marks the tenth annual 5-K Remembrance Walk, which involves teams and individuals who walk in the memory of lost loved ones.  The route through Hospice of Dayton’s “neighborhood” includes a 5K (walk, run, stroller push, etc) and a shorter 3K option. Proceeds from the walk benefit the mission of Hospice of Dayton, the area’s first and largest nonprofit hospice service.

Retired WDTN TV2 Chief Meteorologist Carl Nichols will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Remembrance Walk.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10:00 am.  Parking will be available at The Sanctuary, the Belmont Physicians practice (enter via entrance below the Hospice of Dayton entrance on Wilmington and follow signs), and also the Southview Children and Family Center off of Thorpe. Shuttle services will be available from all offsite parking locations to the Hospice of Dayton campus. The event goes on rain or shine, and light refreshments and lots of door prizes add to the festivities.

The entry fee for adult walkers is $25, while youth 7 and under are charged $15  (no fee is charged for children NOT wanting a t-shirt). Those who register before October 24, 2014 can be assured of receiving a 5K Remembrance Walk T-shirt on the morning of the event.  After that date participants are still able to pay on site and participate, but shirts may not be available.  Registration information for teams and individuals is available by contacting Marsha Bernard at Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 937- 258-5537 or by visiting the Hospice of Dayton by clicking here: https://www.hospiceofdayton.webconnex.com/walk.  Special team awards will be presented to teams competing for top spots in numbers of walkers and amounts of dollars raised.

Donor dollars enable Hospice of Dayton to provide an array and level of services to assure the highest quality of care and the best quality of life for patients. Community support is essential to the bereavement services, complimentary services and clinical expertise available to patients, families and the community.

 

Public Invited to Hear Physician & Author Dr. Pauline Chen

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Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Miami County will present Dr. Pauline Chen as guest speaker on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the Victoria Theatre. Dr. Chen’s October engagement will focus on “Our Best Selves: A Surgeon’s Reflections of Compassionate Leadership.”

When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. As a student, resident and doctor, Dr. Chen believes she found herself wrestling with medicine’s most profound paradox–that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. As she continued her career, she discovered that depersonalizing patients didn’t make her a better doctor – or person. She decided to adopt a different approach by offering compassionate care to her patients. Dr. Chen will talk about her transformation and how she encourages her fellow physicians to make the change as well.

Dr. Chen’s presentation is open to the public at no cost, as a gift to the community for their generous support of the mission of the two community non-profit hospice organizations.  “We are honored to present Dr. Chen,” Hospice of Dayton President/CEO Kent Anderson explains.  “She has devoted her career to changing how the health care industry sees patients, emphasizing that doctors should not short circuit their own emotions.”  Heather Bolton, Executive Director of Hospice of Miami County, calls Dr. Chen “an inspiration and strong advocate for the compassionate care model that is the mission of Hospice of Miami County and Hospice of Dayton.”

Ticket information is available by contacting the Victoria Theatre box office at www.ticketcenterstage.com/

 

 

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