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Archive | April, 2014

Dr. Cleanne Cass Honored

Dr. Cleanne Cass was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP).  This award is the highest honor given to an osteopathic physician, who has shown outstanding accomplishments in personal, scientific, and professional affairs, especially in service to the osteopathic profession in Ohio. Dr. Cass serves as Director of Community Care and continues to actively serve our patients and support the clinical staff. She began her career as a family physician and has been a leader in the development of hospice and palliative services in Ohio since the hospice movement began in the 1970’s. She was one of the first physicians to achieve hospice and palliative care certification in the country. Please join in congratulating her for this well-deserved honor.

Hospice of Dayton Foundation “Beer Tasting Pairing”


Poelking Lanes South-VIP Room
8871 Kingsridge Dr.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Presenting Sponsor:

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Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Patti & Greg Atkinson
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Cavalier Distributing
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Presenting Sponsor – $2,500.00

  • 10 admission tickets
  • 4 raffle tickets
  • Name on napkins
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Company logo on big screen
  • Prominent recognition throughout the tasting
  • Recognition on Hospice of Dayton website with your logo
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Room Sponsor – $1,000.00

  • 6 admission tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Signage on the lanes
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Table Sponsor – $450.00

  • 2 raffle tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Beer Sponsor – $250

  • Company name prominently displayed in front of craft beer
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Attendee Fee – $25.00

  • 9 samples of craft beer
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers

Designated driver/non-drinker $15.00

  • Complimentary appetizers, soda and bottled water.

Must be 21 years of age to attend. Please sample responsibly.

Participants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Hospice of Dayton, sponsors and vendors, its officers, directors, partners, agents, members, and employees from and against any and all demands, claims, damages to persons or property, losses and liabilities, including reasonable attorney’s fees arising out of or caused by injuries, damages or other claims caused by or connected to attendance of this event.

Contact Marsha Bernard at 937-258-5537 for more info.

Hospice of Dayton Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami Valley

Hospice_2_27_13-60Two major non-profit Dayton organizations have created a new partnership to advance the mission of both.

Hospice of Dayton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley have created a program that applies the art therapy resources of Pathways of Hope, the grief support program of Hospice of Dayton, to support young people mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters who may experience an extended grieving period due to death of a loved one or lack of involvement from someone they love.  The program is designed to help the youngsters mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters advance toward emotional health through artistic expression.

According to Joseph Radelet, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley, the partnership is a natural for the two organizations.  “Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hospice of Dayton are both involved in providing support to those in need.  This partnership between our organizations will deepen the care we will provide to young people experiencing loss through the death or absence of a loved one. “

Hospice of Dayton will provide training for Big Brothers Big Sisters staff on the grieving process and how art can help with the stages of grief, and will involve Big Brothers Big Sisters participants in Art Forever After, an art program that assists in the expression of grief.  Those invited will be those who have experienced the death of someone close to them either recently or in recent years, as well as those experiencing loss because one or both of their parents have not been involved in their lives.  The option of attending the full 12-week Art Forever After program or Camp Pathways for children will also be extended to members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization who fall into this category of loss.

“One aspect of our mission is to reduce unnecessary suffering in our community,” explains Hospice of Dayton President/CEO Kent Anderson.   “We have children who are suffering with grief and loss, so our partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters helps us to fulfill this part of our mission. Our partnership is focused on making our community better and working together allows us to do this by maximizing our collective resources.”

Both organizations invite other youth-serving agencies with interest to also be involved.  Additional information is available by contacting Pathways of Hope at Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley at 937-220-6860.

ADOPT-A-GARDEN at Hospice of Dayton

2011-12-06-06.10.59Hospice of Dayton invites you to be part of the ADOPT-A-GARDEN program at our beautiful campus on Wilmington Avenue.  You will experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others by enhancing the gardens of our Hospice House for patients and their families. Volunteer as an individual, with an organization or as a family volunteer project by adopting a garden or small bed in our gardens to care for and maintain.  All gardens will include signage listing those who have been a part of this inspirational project on a plaque giving credit to your group or organization.

As a volunteer for the Hospice of Dayton  gardens, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with other volunteers. You will enjoy sharing your knowledge and gardening skills and you will meet others who share your love of the outdoors.  Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Hospice of Dayton  landscape.


Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

Hospice House Gardens

  • Care and maintenance of assigned gardens by weeding, mulching, dividing and plant grooming.
  • Plant annuals, perennials and other plant material.
  • Create and plant garden design.

Specialty Gardens

  • Create and plant theme garden designs.
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the gardens.

Freelance Gardening

  • Work with horticulture staff and volunteers to assist with gardens and ground maintenance including planting, plant grooming, dividing, weeding and mulching.

Volunteer Assistant

  • Share knowledge and gardening skill with volunteers.
  • Assist volunteers with tasks when needed.

Forest Management

  • Implement a program to manage our woodland areas by providing:
  • Removal of Invasive plants
  • Restore forest native habitat
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Assist in the selection and care of hardy trees and shrubs.

Water Features

  • Maintenance of water features includes checking water levels, filling and cleaning
  • Debris management.

Pond Maintenance

  • Maintenance of pond duties includes overseeing waterfall by checking pump house, cleaning waterfall and reservoir, and weed and debris management.

For additional information please contact Miriam Wolf or call 937-608-3456.  You can also contact Volunteer Services at 937-256-9507, ext. 1163.


April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Hospice of Dayton, along with other national, state and community organizations, is involved in leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). 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 living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.

“As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we want to encourage many more people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Ruth Thomson, Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Dayton. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from their loved ones, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis, and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Hospice of Dayton offers advance directive forms on this website at