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Archive | November, 2014

Hospice Celebrates Veterans Every Day

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

 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