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Hospice of Dayton Speakers Featured at State Conference

Hospice of Dayton’s  expertise in caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses will be highlighted next week in Columbus.

Hospice of Dayton staff members are among the featured presenters at the Midwest Care Alliance annual conference for home, hospice and palliative care professionals to be held November 5-7, 2013.

President/CEO Kent Anderson is leading a pre-conference panel discussion sharing innovative ideas on how to preserve staff morale while increasing productivity and maintaining the mission of hospice care.  As a leading hospice care provider in Ohio, Hospice of Dayton is actively engaged in forging new approaches to aligning care to achieve best possible outcomes for patients and families.

Sundowner’s Syndrome:  A Challenge for Hospice and Palliative Care and What’s in My Bag? Management of Oncological Emergencies is the topic that will be presented by Dr. Cleanne Cass of the Hospice of Dayton medical staff.  Dr. Cass will also join PCS Excellence Mentor Craig Turner to discuss Therapeutic Dialogue Skills for the Interdisciplinary Team: Solutions for Complex Conversations.  Director of Care Yvonne Turner will share examples of the Hospice of Dayton Quality of Life approach in her presentation Quality of Life Team: Meeting the Needs of Our Patients and Families.  Mark Curtis, a member of the Innovative Care Solutions palliative care team, will share information on managing Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma so that it can lead to professional growth for clinicians rather than career burn-out.  Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruth Thomson will address the dangers of adverse drug events with her presentation  First Do No Harm: Safely Managing Diabetes and Anticoagulation at the End-of-Life. 

Hospice of Dayton is a non-profit organization, established in 1978, to provide end-of-life care to patients and families in southwestern Ohio.   Medicare certified and accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Hospice of Dayton has earned national and state recognition for programs and leadership.

Think Pink & Vote for Hospice of Dayton

The Pink Glove competition has just begun and Hospice of Dayton is one of only 4 organizations in the state of Ohio competing this year. The event is sponsored by Medline and the winner is given $25,000 to give to a breast cancer charity of their choice. Hospice of Dayton has picked Noble Circle Project as the charity of their choice. The Noble Circle Project offers support to cancer patients and survivors in the Dayton area. Please vote for Hospice of Dayton and help Noble Circle Project.

Remembrance Walk Slated for November 2

The annual Hospice of Dayton 5K Remembrance Walk will take place Saturday, November 2 at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton.

This marks the ninth 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.  All will be serviced with shuttle services 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, 2013 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- 258-2895 or by clicking here.  Special team awards will be presented to teams competing for top spots in numbers of walkers and amounts of dollars raised.

Donor dollars enable us 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 our patients, families and the community.

Hospice of Dayton is a non-profit community hospice that provides care for those at the end-of-life.  Services are available for patients diagnosed with cancer, heart and lung diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, renal failure, ALS and other diseases.  The costs of hospice care are usually covered through insurance, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, but community support assures that Hospice of Dayton services are available regardless of ability to pay.  Over 600 patients and families are currently receiving care from Hospice of Dayton on a daily basis.  Additional information is available by calling 937-258-5537. Special moments happen every day; it’s our Mission to make sure patients and families enjoy the time they have together.

Hospice Patient’s Final Wish Becomes a Reality

whodeyAs a local hospice patient’s health was declining, the only way the family could test for his alertness or mental status was by talking about the Bengals. As a “Final Wish”, the patient asked Hospice of Dayton if they could possibly meet a player or coach from the Cincinnati Bengals. The patient’s health was declining at a rapid rate and given about 1-2 days to live. The window of opportunity was quickly closing.

With football season in full swing, the schedules of the coaches and players are at maximum capacity. Thanks to some angels at the Marvin Lewis Foundation, Hospice of Dayton was able to make this patient’s final wish come true. A special phone call was set up to brighten this patient’s day.

The patient’s family surrounded him with all of his Bengals gear.  The phone rang and the caller ID read “PAUL BROWN STADIUM”. On the line was no other than Marvin Lewis, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Marvin was gentle and compassionate and thanked the patient for his support. The patient was very lethargic but was able to say, “Hello, Marvin Lewis”. The family said this was the best thing that could have happened for their father.  A special thanks to all involved for making this patient’s wish a reality.