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Thank You For Supporting the 11th Annual Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton 3k/5k Remembrance Walk

Thank you to all who joined the 11th Annual Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Remembrance 3k/5k Walk! Supporters, families, and friends gathered on Saturday, October 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. to celebrate life and walk in honor of loved ones. It is our privilege to serve in the Greater Dayton community. Thanks to your support of our mission, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton continues its aspirational work of providing superior care and superior services for each of our patients and their families.  Enjoy some photos from the day’s festivities!

Pathways Breakaway 2016 – Registration Now Open!

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Fun activities at the Kettering Recreation Center focus on helping kids express themselves.

Are you interested in supporting a child who may be experiencing grief? Pathways Breakaway is designed for children, 7-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. This daylong event focuses on giving kids the opportunity to enjoy age-specific, fun activities such as swimming, ice skating and games. Along with physical activity, Breakaway allows time for exploring an emotional expression of grief with activities involving art, music and group discussions. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Pathways Breakaway will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 2016, from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, a day on which many children will be out of school for the Martin Luther King holiday. The event takes place at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio, 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 Families can also register online at

The Sisters Who Saved Remembrance Walk


Pictured L-R: Susie Baker, Donna Zartman,Rachel Puderbaugh and Rita Anspach

These are the sisters who saved our Remembrance Walk.  They did it for Connie.

Connie Puderbaugh passed away in the care of Hospice of Dayton in 2003. Her sisters Donna, Susie and Rita started walking in the formerly-titled “Hospice Hustle” in her honor that same year. When told in 2005 the Remembrance Walk might be cancelled, they took matters into their own hands, leading an effort to keep Remembrance Walk and their sister’s memory alive.

That year forty walkers came. Every year since, the event has grown and grown. Last year over 1,500 participated, and expectations are that this year will attract even more walkers.  Every year the sisters are there along with Connie’s daughter Rachel, who lost her mom when she was only five. “Every year I feel a little more at peace,” Rita says of Remembrance Walk.  “As we honor my sister I feel closer to her, and feel like we’ve given a little more back to Hospice of Dayton.” Hospice of Dayton is grateful to the sisters and who all who join in our Remembrance Walk!



State Organization Honors Clinical Team Liaison, Dr. Nancy Trimble

Dr. Nancy Trimble Named MCA 2015 Professional of the Year

Dr. Nancy Trimble Named MCA 2015 Professional of the Year

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Clinical Team Liaison Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, will be honored as Professional of the Year by the Midwest Care Alliance on November 5 in Columbus.

The Midwest Care Alliance (MCA) is a non-profit that promotes hospice care and to supports the growth and development of provider programs through education, advocacy and technical information. 
Their Professional of the Year Award is recognition for home, hospice and palliative care professionals by home, hospice and palliative care professionals. This award recognizes individual MCA members who have made
 significant and repeated achievements in home, hospice and palliative care, particularly on a state level. Award recipients are visionaries who demonstrate creativity, courage, and their work has made a substantial difference in one or more of the following areas: exceptional service, program creation, administrative development, innovative research or educational advancement.

Dr. Trimble has five years of service at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. She is an expert in geriatrics and geriatric pharmacotherapy and is active in the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and District 10 Ohio Nurses Association where she has served in multiple leadership roles. She is certified as a trainer in end-of-life education and is a valued educator in the clinical community. Dr. Trimble is also an active member of her own church community and serves on the board of the Fairborn Senior Center, as adjunct faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University and guest speaker for Wright State School of Nursing students.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is a non-profit hospice provider and has served patients and families in the Miami Valley for nearly 40 years in their homes, extended care and assisted living facilities and the Hospice House location in Dayton.  Grief support services are available to the entire community through the Pathways of Hope grief support center. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton serves over 600 patients and families daily, achieving national recognition for innovative services and outstanding care. It is a member of Ohio’s Hospice, a partnership of mission-driven, non-profit hospices in Ohio committed to a shared mission and vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospices.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Culinary Staff Receives Recognition

The Hospice of Dayton culinary team earned first place honors in the 2015 Dietary Food Management Right Choice competition for our Hospice House Room Service On-Demand Meal Delivery.  The service was launched this past year to offer patients  personal choices on their own time frame for meals. Hospitality Manager Susan Page explains the program is a great improvement for patients.  “Room Service allows our patients to order meals according to their “normal” meal habits and allows them control over what they eat. This is very important to our patients since in most situations they have lost control of so many of life’s daily choices due to their current illness.” The new system taps culinary staff meHospice of Daytonmbers to deliver meals, which enables clinical staff who formerly did so to focus more time at the bedside with patients.  The program has proven to be cost efficient while also increasing patient satisfaction.
Infographic on Hospice House On-Demand Meal Delivery

Ohio’s Hospice Expands Strategic Partnerships

ohios_hospice_tallHospice of Central Ohio has announced plans to become an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, joining Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Miami County and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties in a strategic partnership committed to sustaining non-profit, community based hospice care in Ohio.

Hospice of Central Ohio, based in Newark, is a not for profit hospice founded in 1982 serving nine counties. In 2014 over 2,500 patients and families received care from the organization, which employs 150. President and CEO, Kerry Hamilton, is excited by the opportunities Ohio’s Hospice offers non-profit hospice providers. “The complex regulatory environment and competition with for-profit hospices challenges community non-profit groups to find creative solutions and opportunities. Ohio’s Hospice enables organizations with shared missions and values to share expertise, resources and best practices to assure superior care and services for their communities.”

Ohio’s Hospice was established in 2013 as a collaboration of Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties and Hospice of Miami County to ensure the long-term success of the shared mission of serving more patients and their families with even higher levels of hospice care. Now along with Hospice of Central Ohio, these providers deliver:

  • more visits and direct care to patients than any other regional hospice provider
  • more resources to provide care to patients and their families, like respiratory therapy, massage, occupational, bereavement and art therapies
  • more support by serving patients wherever they call home, in every care setting, including extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospice houses and hospital in-patient settings.

“The benefit of our partnership, beyond enhancing care and services to the community, is the ability for affiliated organizations to maintain their name, local identity and local presence,” explained Ryan Mills, Board of Directors, Chairman of Hospice of Central Ohio. “Each organization maintains a board of directors comprised of community members, and local leadership that focuses on specific community needs and desired services. Donor dollars will remain in the community served. By keeping our local boards and local management, we maintain our community roots and focus.”Ohio's Hospice Service Area

“Together, the affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice together set the standard for end-of-life care in the state,” says Ohio’s Hospice Board Chair Greg Toman. “Their shared expertise and commitment to quality are evident in the sheer number of resources devoted to patient care, not to making a profit. Working, sharing and planning together creates for stronger community hospices and enhancements of the quality of care and services in the communities they serve.”

“The affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice will set the highest standard of care to ensure Ohioans have access to world class end-of-life and palliative care. Each affiliate is strengthened by sharing resources and is enabled to respond to the increasing regulatory challenges and a declining reimbursement environment,” said Kent Anderson, President and CEO of Ohio’s Hospice. “By expanding our strategic partnership, we can continue to grow, protect jobs and maintain strong partnerships with local partners. “

Hospice of Miami County Board Chair Tom Hagan welcomed the addition of Hospice of Central Ohio, noting that “Our organization is proud to be among the first Ohio’s Hospice affiliates and believe our new partners will benefit just as we have from the shared educational, human resources, and other assets available through this collaboration.”

All members of Ohio’s Hospice are accredited by The Joint Commission or Accreditation Commission for Healthcare. Counties served by Ohio’s Hospice include Butler, Clinton, Clark, Clinton, Champaign, Coshocton, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Fairfield, Greene, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties.

With Hospice of Central Ohio’s participation, this strategic partnership will:

  • Serve over 7,500 patients annually
  • Serve over 970 patients each day
  • Employ over 800 exceptional staff members
  • Continue the economic commitment of community hospices to the communities they serve
  • Serve 21 counties in Ohio
  • Have the privilege of serving with over 930 wonderful volunteers
  • Ensure that no one in the Ohio communities they serve is denied access to hospice care based on their ability to pay
  • Assure that dollars raised to support the community hospice mission remain dedicated to respective communities

Members of Ohio’s Hospice share the values of:

  • Providing a patient atmosphere of hospitality, respect and caring
  • Attending to the social, physical, and spiritual needs of each person we are privileged to serve
  • Preserving and enhancing patient dignity
  • Celebrating the life of each individual we serve
  • Reducing unnecessary suffering in the communities we serve

Ohio’s Hospice includes:

Hospice of Central Ohio has provided a holistic, community-based approach to hospice care for over 30 years. Hospice of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization serving 9 counties in Central Ohio and is dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families dealing with life-limiting conditions.  The Selma Markowitz Inpatient Center is located on the 6th floor of Licking Memorial Hospital.

Hospice of Miami County is a community-based not-for-profit organization founded in 1983 to “Improve the quality of life for people and families facing life-limiting illnesses.”  Our goal is to be the leader in quality comfort and bereavement care in Miami County. Services are provided to anyone who qualifies regardless of the patient’s insurance coverage or ability to pay. Services are provided in patient homes, extended care and assisted living facilities and a dedicated in-patient care wing at Upper Valley Medial Center.

Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties honors the lives of patients by preserving quality of life and respecting patient wishes. A non-profit organization serving the needs of communities in Butler and Warren Counties, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties provides a comprehensive range of care in every setting – homes, extended care or assisted living facilities, hospitals, and Lorelei’s Place Hospice House, a free-standing hospice facility with twelve in-patient beds providing short-term patient care when needed for patient comfort and symptom management.

Hospice of Dayton is a non-profit hospice provider and has served patients and families in the Miami Valley for nearly 40 years in their homes, extended care and assisted living facilities and the Hospice House location in Dayton.  Grief support services are available to the entire community through the Pathways of Hope grief support center. Hospice of Dayton serves over 600 patients and families daily, achieving national recognition for innovative services and outstanding care.

The Heart of a Volunteer


Chris Williams In this story within a story, an author’s story intersects with his subject’s. The author of the story below is Chris Williams (at left), a former staff member at Hospice of Dayton who joined the staff in May 2014 and who recently resigned to devote attention full-time to his studies in his final year at Wright State University.  As part of his ongoing story, Chris has found a way to keep connected to his Hospice family.

As a communications major, Chris is now writing for the student-run DailyFlipz  ( mobile website.  He is developing a series of hospice related stories for the site, which will also be published in Hospice of Dayton outlets.  In fact, the story below, “The Heart of a Volunteer,” was written by  Chris and is published here by permission. We wish Chris all the best in his future endeavors, including his work sharing stories from Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton!

Read more about Sue Rutherford, a volunteer who helps with Hospice grief services, written by Chris Williams:  Continue Reading →