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StoryCorps and Celebrating Life Stories

Join us as we participate in a national initiative sponsored by StoryCorps to listen and to Celebrate Life Stories! 

As part of the mission of serving our patients and their families, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton believes that every patient has a unique life story and that we can help capture glimpses of it. Visitors to the Dayton Hospice House may be familiar with our interactive display, Story Garden, where stories shared by patients whom we’ve had the privilege of serving can live on. Whether sharing stories during Veteran pinning ceremonies, or through interactions with clinical staff, or by spending time with volunteers, our patients and their families are encouraged each day to celebrate life stories with each other and with us.

StoryCorps‘s program “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” invites taking time to interview our loved ones using the StoryCorps app and to “help create an archive of the wisdom of humanity.”

Through the StoryCorps initiative, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton wishes to encourage every generation to take time on Thanksgiving, and every day, to record interviews with their friends and families in celebrating life stories.

StoryCorps founder David Isay shares this:

“I believe that the act of being listened to can be transformative in people’s lives.

What The Great Thanksgiving Listen is about is giving people the chance to have conversations and be listened to. In that act of sitting with a loved one and asking them who they are, what they have learned in life, and how they want to be remembered, you remind them how much their lives matter.”

We couldn’t agree more.


Ohio’s Hospice Spearheads Unbroken Circle of Care with Local Clergy

Faith communities are called upon to support members of their congregations during times of serious illness and loss. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is reaching out to faith communities to strengthen and educate clergy and laity in serving this constituency.

Kim Vesey, RN, CHPN, MS, Vice President of Mission Support with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, is leading the Unbroken Circle of Care project, working with faith communities from across the Miami Valley. “By using our expertise to better prepare congregations in supporting their families, we believe we are extending our mission of reducing pain and suffering,” Vesey explains.

clergy, Dayton, grief, counseling, training, hospice Vesey is leading a series of programs that involve members of church communities who develop individualized approaches to addressing the needs of those dying and grieving within their faith community. For some places of worship, specific ceremonies are developed to celebrate and honor the lives of the dying; for others, the development of resources to support caregivers may take priority. For all, it is an expression of compassion and caring for those within the community at a time when it is needed most.

Outrageous 2 Reinvent You: 2015 Hospice of Dayton HairShow a Success!

The Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton 2015 HairShow inspired attendees and participating salons alike to honor Dayton’s roots! Its theme, “Outrageous 2 Reinvent You!” brought out the creative and innovative spirit of Dayton by challenging salons to interpret the concept of reinvention. Thank you to all the sponsors, hair salons, and attendees for making the mission of community nonprofit hospice care a reality in Dayton!

(Photos credit: Carly Short Photography.)

Hospice of Dayton 2015 “Cosmic Bowl” Event at Poelking Woodman Lanes

Thank you to all who sponsored and participated in making the 2015 Bowl for Hospice event a great time! Your support of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton makes providing superior care and services for our patients and their families a reality. On behalf of the entire staff of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, thank you for allowing your community non-profit hospice the privilege of caring for our neighbors.

2015 Staff Poster Presentation

Staff members at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton works collaboratively to refine and innovate superior care and services for our patients and their families. Today, members of the Clinical, Education, Culinary and other departments shared a special presentation of recent work accomplished, both within the organization and out in the community.

Presentations included initiatives dedicated to improving:

Thank you to staff members who dedicate their education, skills, and compassionate nature to creating a caring community for our patients!

Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Helps Shine a Light on Lung Cancer

sal-logoOhio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties in collaboration with the National Lung Cancer Alliance will host Shine a Light on Lung Cancer, an educational program on Monday, November 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is part of a national observance to provide hope, inspiration and support for those touched by lung cancer.

Critical Care Specialist and pulmonologist Dr. Amaresh Nath will speak on how early screening can save lives. Medical Oncologist Dr. Njeuryja Okoye will highlight advances in cancer treatment and intervention. Mayor Larry Mulligan Jr. of Middletown will also attend and will proclaim November 16 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day in Middletown.

Lung cancer survivors, people newly diagnosed, their families, healthcare professionals, and people willing to help are encouraged to attend the program at Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Team & Staff Center, 
5940 Long Meadow Drive Middletown, OH 45005.

Shine a Light helps a growing community of supportive and caring individuals. The lighting of the flashlights to honor survivors and loved ones is the highlight of the evening. National title sponsor for the event is Lilly Oncology. Shine a Light is a free event open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information please contact Bonnie Orlins, or Colleen Johnson,

Betty L. Schmoll, Original Founder and First President of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 1936-2015

Betty Schmoll Award Wright Dunbar Founders Award Winner - Betty Schmoll, RN, MS, BS - pic 1 of 1betty schmoll[3]





We are saddened to learn from a family member of the passing of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton founder Betty Schmoll.  Those who knew her were inspired by her visionary and humanitarian work.  Those who today serve her mission by carrying on the work of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton honor her legacy every day.  Rest in peace, to a strong leader, a valiant woman, and a Dayton innovator.


In 2010, Wright Dunbar Inc. included Betty Schmoll to its Dayton Walk of Fame: Betty Schmoll, Walk of Fame in Dayton Daily News.




This video shows a retrospect of her life’s work and some of her considerable achievements:

Veterans Memorial Dedication Slated at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for Veterans Day

APMemorial-Campbell2Dignitaries and local military leaders are among those invited to attend as Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton celebrates the dedication of a new Veteran’s memorial on the campus on Wednesday, November 11. The memorial honors the service and celebrates the lives of veterans from the Miami Valley community.

The American Pride Veterans Memorial is located on the north side of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s building at 324 Wilmington Avenue in Dayton.

The memorial has multiple illustrated panels dedicated to individual military involvements – the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Viet Nam, Desert Storm and the War Against Terror. Each branch of the service is also represented with a panel of its own. The floor of the memorial is a map of the world, reflecting the international scope of conflict.

Each branch of the United States service is represented with a flag, along with the state flag as part of the memorial. The American flag will fly proudly in the center.

The memorial was designed and constructed by Paul J. Striebel and Associates architects of Centerville.

The American Pride Veterans Memorial is a part of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton program to honor the Veterans and families they have the honor and privilege of serving throughout the greater Dayton area.

The memorial features an interactive kiosk that offers an opportunity for all Veterans in the Miami Valley to be remembered. This kiosk will sit on the south side of the memorial and feature the names, photos and short stories about area Veterans. Future plans for the kiosk include remote viewing of the memorial listings and a feature that allows local family members to add Veterans to the kiosk.

Ceremonies to dedicate the new memorial are scheduled for 5 pm on Veterans Day. The public is invited to attend. 

RSVP for this event here: Veterans Memorial Dedication

Staff Members Present at Midwest Care Alliance 2015 Annual Conference

During the 2015 Midwest Care Alliance Annual Conference held in Columbus, Ohio, ten members of Ohio’s Hospice will lead multiple educational programs. The following programs will be presented by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton staff members:

  • Kathy Van Pelt, RN, MSN, CHPN presents “Warriors at Ease: Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation”;
  • Jeff Lycan, RN, MS, and Ruth Thomson, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, HMDC, both part of the Senior Leadership Team, will discuss “Hot Topics in End-of-Life Care”;
  • Vice President Kim Vesey, RN, presents “The Most Important Person on the Hospice Team is YOU (and Everyone Else)!”;
  • Physicians Cleanne Cass, CO, FAAHPC, FAAFP, and Ruth Thomson, DO FACOI, FAAPM, HMDC, and Pharmacist Rebecca Bledsoe will discuss “Universal Precautions for Drug Diversion and Misuse in Hospice: Could an Ounce of Prevention Be Worth a Pound of Cure?”;
  • Dr. Cass and Lorin Yolch, PhaD, CGP, FASCP, DeltaCare RX, will present “Oncological Emergencies and Advanced Symptom Management of Cancer Patients”;
  • Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, and recipient of MCA 2015 Professional of the Year award, will present “Geriatric Pharmacotherapy”; and,
  • Education Department Director Julie Wickline, RN, BSN, CHPN, and Chief HR and Compliance Officer Amy Wagner, BS, CHC, will lead an interactive program on “What’s My Line? Improving Care Through Occupational Cultural Awareness.”

Please stop and say hello to one of the friendly faces from the Ohio’s Hospice team if you will be a part of this year’s conference!

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