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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton First in Nation to Earn Pathway to Excellence® Designation

National designation recognizes commitment to superior care and superior services for the Dayton region.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton® is the first hospice in the nation to earn Pathway to Excellence® designation. While 134 hospitals nationally have achieved this standard, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has become the first hospice dedicated to providing end-of-life care to do so.
Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton President and CEO Kent Anderson celebrated the announcement, saying “I am so immensely proud of our nursing teams in achieving this wonderful distinction and accreditation. In my 20 plus years in healthcare this is by far the most talented team of nurses and nursing leadership I have had the privilege of serving with.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence Program is an organizational credential to recognize healthcare facilities that have created positive work environments where nurses can thrive.

Greg Toman, board chair for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, said, “I am proud to be part of an organization that continually strives for excellence. Achieving the Pathway to Excellence accreditation reflects the commitment to our mission by our nursing team. Being the first hospice in the country to achieve this status reflects Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s national leadership in hospice care.”

Pathway-designated organizations participate in a rigorous review process that determines organizational commitment to nursing excellence. Nurses in the organization verify the organization meets the high Pathway to Excellence standards by participating in a completely confidential online survey.

Those achieving designation are deemed to be among the best places for nurses to work, with high nurse satisfaction and retention. Research shows that healthy work environments improve not only nurse satisfaction but also patient satisfaction and quality of patient care.

“The designation of Pathways to Excellence belongs to the nursing staff of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton who give of themselves each day to provide superior care and services to our patients and families,” says Chief Nursing Officer Mary Murphy. “It is their work that I honor today. I am proud to be part of such an exceptional team.”

Organizations seeking the Pathway to Excellence credential must meet 12 practice standards that establish a positive work culture and environment as defined by organizational practices and policies. The standards include

  •  Nurse shared governance
  •  A strongly safe environment
  •  Mechanisms to address patient care and practice concerns
  •  A sound orientation program
  •  Strong professional development support
  •  Competitive wages and benefits
  •  Recognition for professional achievement
  • Healthy work-life balance
  •  Collaborative interdisciplinary approaches to care
  •  Strong nurse leadership and
  •  Evidence based practice focused on patient outcomes and quality.
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Mother’s Day Tea Offers Grief Support

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This Mother’s Day, the grief support program of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering special support to those who have lost their mothers.

Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton invites members of the public who have lost their mother to attend a Mother’s Day Tea on Wednesday, May 4 to honor memories of mom. The program will be held from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Community Room at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. According to Bereavement Counselor Debbie Holt, MS, PCC-S, “The Mother’s Day Tea is designed as an event to remember and honor moms who have been lost in the last year.

For many, Mother’s Day can be a painful holiday for those who have lost mothers, even for those who have been handling their grief well. While a single event can’t heal the pain, the Tea will provide opportunities to share with others who are experiencing the same loss and will provide helpful information on how to cope with the grief the holiday brings.
Honoring will come through the sharing of memories and what mom meant to each individual. It won’t be necessary to speak the memories if the attendee chooses not to, but setting aside time to reflect on those memories can be very helpful amidst the busyness of day to day life.”

Holt predicts there will not only be tears, but laughter at the Mother’s Day Tea. Attendees will be invited to take home their teacup as a remembrance of mom and the event. Advance reservations are required. Those interested in attending can contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.

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Celebrating Our Solar Successes On Earth Day


Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is celebrating Earth Day everyday with financial savings and a reduced carbon footprint thanks to solar power.

As part of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s Renewable Energy Program, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will participate in the 2016 Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Solar Tour June 3-5. Facilities Coordinator Mark Wagner will host visitors to share information about the impact 96 solar electric panels have had on power usage. The amount of energy produced since May of 2015 has offset 36,000 pounds of carbon emissions and is the equivalent of powering two average homes. The amount of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions offset can be represented by having planted 922 trees, 17,509 pounds of coal burned, 38 barrels of oil consumed, six tons of waste sent to a landfill, and removing three cars from the road over the past nine months.

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Like GEO, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is promoting sustainable energy practices. Future plans like roof-mounted solar arrays and a solar car canopy will further reduce Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s electricity consumption by more than 10 percent. As opportunities arise to implement additional sources of renewable energy, Mark will be reviewing all options. “It’s a great idea to implement a renewable energy source, such as geothermal, wind or solar at the earliest stages of a new building or a facility’s refurbishment,” he says. By adding renewables into the mix from the start, companies can save on installation costs and have a better impact on the environment.

Please join Mark at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and be a part of the Solar Tour in June. For more information, contact Mark at mwagner@hospiceofdayton.org.

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Volunteers Honored for Contributing Nearly 70,000 Hours of Service

In 2015, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties volunteers honored 500 patients who were veterans with special tribute ceremonies; made 6,868 calls to bereaved family and friends and created 203 Memory Bears for 90 families. Volunteers also made 1,956 patient visits and provided 414 caregiver relief visits.

The contributions of hospice volunteers was celebrated during National Volunteer Week as Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties honored 694 volunteers, who contributed 66,959 hours of service in 2015.

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with the Quality of Life teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services, and gardening.  Volunteers with their pet therapy animals spent 598 hours visiting patients and families. Volunteers also provide clerical and office support, serve as receptionists, assist with fundraising events, data entry and serve as Ambassadors helping families whose loved ones are receiving care at the Hospice House locations of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties.

“Volunteer service to our organization is calculated at $1,544,745,” says Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager.  “But in reality their contribution is priceless.  They give from their hearts and enable us to touch the lives of patients and families with compassion and care that far exceeds any dollar amount. We are so grateful for all our volunteers do to enable us to deliver superior care and superior services. They make our mission possible!”

There are always opportunities for volunteers interested in direct patient contact and care to serve as ambassadors, visitors and caregivers, with flexibility in the time and location of service. For additional information please visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/volunteers/

 

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