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Staff Honored for Years of Service

Our staff provides superior care and services for our patients and families we serve daily – we think it’s worth celebrating, especially those who have contributed years of service to our mission.

Staff from Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton were honored for their years of contributions at the Ohio’s Hospice Staff Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, June 23.

The following were recognized:

5 Years

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(Listed alphabetically) Janet Allen, Doug Arnett, Lisa Balster, Lisa Bateman, Ciara Bayne, Kathy Berthy, Jennifer Bloom Long, Paula Booth, Michelle Bowman, Tina Brewer, Gretchen Buchanan, Marlene Cobb, Laurie Combs, Nancy Conatser, Linda Cummins, Mark Curtis, Dana Datz, Dominic DeAloia, Jessica Dutton, Lynn Edwards, John Eshelman, Robin Ferguson, Diane Foreman, Linda Gault, Lorraine Gilkison, Carl Gill, Susan Good, Tiffany Harris, Kate Hawvermale, Will Henry, Jennifer Hrovat, Robert Huden, Suzanne Jackson, Shea Johnson, Tiffanie Johnson, Brenda Jones, Catina Lamb, Christina Lawrence, Jenny Liew, Stacey Lykins, Rebekah Marlow, Jacy McCain, Amanda McCoy, Donna Molton, Birdie Napper, Susan Page, Adriana Palamariu, Letitia Person, Ashley Puchalski, Lisa Rhoden, Faith Richardson, Tim Robinson, Anna Rymer, DeShay Scandrick, Patricia Scheper, Carrie Schroder, Nancy Silverman, Gayle Simmons, Sandra Simpson, Jaime Sowers, Lesa Stewart, Theresa Sugrue, Bob Tangeman, Brittany Thiel, Melinda Tobin, Angelene Volpatti, Kevin Wardlaw, Stephen Wetterhan, Megan Wissinger and Miriam Wolf

10 Years

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(Listed alphabetically) Jamie Doughman, Vickie Hartke, Lisa Hayslip, Debbie Holt, Janet Koehl, Amy LeVan, Connie Pappas, Craig Thacker,  Michael Toerner, Kashauna White, and JoAnne Wynn.

15 Years

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(Listed alphabetically) Heather Bolton, Janet Dickens, Gloria Entela, Susan Freeman, Marianne Montjoy and Dr. Ruth Thomson

20 Years

Donna Braun-Slyman

Quarter Century Club

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Dena Wenzler

With gratitude, we thank our staff for all they do at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton!

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A Celebration of Life – In Memoriam, Betty Schmoll

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Wright Dunbar Inc. held its 14th annual Walk of Fame induction celebration Thursday Sept. 23. Four individuals and one organization were honored. The awards were given to Annae Barney Gorman, Daniel W. Mikesell, Dr. David Ponitz, Betty Schmoll and the Gem City Sweet Adelines. Betty Schmoll, the founder of Hospice of Dayton, is embraced after the ceremony.

The life of Hospice of Dayton founder Betty Schmoll will be celebrated with a memorial service at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.  Her legacy is the continuing mission of Hospice of Dayton and the tens of thousands of lives this hospice program has touched.

Betty graduated from nursing school at Wright State University in 1975. After caring for her terminally ill mother, Betty launched a personal crusade to improve end-of-life care in the Dayton community. Her passion to find a better way to serve the dying resulted in the founding of Hospice of Dayton in 1978.
Betty collaborated with every hospital in the region to develop hospice services and became the first president and CEO of Hospice of Dayton. Her leadership extended into the national hospice movement, where she served with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association to advance hospice care. When she was presented with the Founders Award by NHPCO, their tribute noted that “She is a shining example of how one determined person with a good idea can make an enormous impact on a community and nation.”

The public is invited to attend and help honor Betty and her contributions to the quality of life in the Dayton region at 10 am on July 16 at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Wright State University has also announced a new nursing scholarship named for Betty Schmoll. The Betty Schmoll and Carol Dixon Endowed Scholarship for Leadership through Nursing is named in honor of Betty Schmoll, founder and first president of Hospice of Dayton, and Carol Dixon, Betty’s friend and colleague and the first vice president of Hospice of Dayton. These two prominent graduates of the College of Nursing and Health worked together for many years to establish Hospice of Dayton as a model in providing superior care and services to those with life-limiting illnesses. Both were strong leaders who also happened to be nurses.

The scholarship will to benefit an undergraduate and graduate student each year who show leadership potential. It is intended to encourage the recipients to use their leadership skills and nursing vocation to make a difference in the lives of others.

If you’d like to make a gift to this endowed scholarship fund, you can give at www.wright.edu/give/schmolldixon or send your check to The Wright State University Foundation, care of The Betty Schmoll and Carol Dixon Endowed Scholarship, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45345.

Betty Schmoll Event

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Education for Home Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease

Dr Bharwani - Hospice of Dayton“Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and Emotional Stress on People with Dementia (plus Parkinson’s Disease)” is the focus of the June 28 program at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s disease.

According to alzheimers.net, nearly 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia as of 2015. Many families provide care for their loved ones at home. Unfortunately, most caregivers lack the knowledge of how to help the patients and cope with this disease. Dr. Govind Bharwani, a nationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, provides a monthly educational program offering practical techniques for home caregivers to improve the quality of life for people with dementia (PWD), as well as solutions to reduce stress on caregivers.

Dr. Bharwani has received six national awards and his therapy program to address the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is used in nursing homes throughout the nation. Dr. Bharwani is the Co-Director of Ergonomics and Alzheimer’s Care at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. The program is sponsored by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Wright State University, and the Greater Dayton Brain Health Foundation. These educational sessions are offered at no cost to caregivers.

In his educational series at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Dr. Bharwani shares the techniques being used successfully in nursing homes with caregivers so that they can apply these techniques during the care of their loved ones at home. BBET uses the combination of music, video and stimulating therapies to reduce the mental stress on PWD. They have been proven to reduce anxiety, negative behaviors and the need for medication.

To register to attend this event, click here.

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Grieving Children Offered Support at Camp Pathways

Camp Offers Grieving Children Support

Summer camp is a childhood tradition, lending itself to great memories, new friendships and new experiences. Camp Pathways, the summer camp offered by Pathways of Hope Greif Support Services of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, offers all of that and more.

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Children who have lost a loved one have an opportunity to experience support, sharing and learning about grief through Camp Pathways. The program is open to, children ages 7 to 17 who have lost a loved one. Registration

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is required and is now being accepted.

Camp Pathways offers an overnight camp experience and camp activities such as swimming, campfires, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, a climbing wall, rope course and music. In addition to these traditional camp activities, children participate in grief support activities and a moving memorial service honoring the loved ones lost by campers. Held at the Camp Joy Outdoor Education Center in Warren County, the 2016 Camp Pathways program will be offered Friday, June 24 and ends Sunday, June 26. Advance registration is recommended as campers are accepted on a space available basis.

Children can attend regardless of whether Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton was involved in providing care to a family member. Fees for the camp are $20 for one camper; $30 for two campers; $40 for three or more. Scholarships are available to assist those with financial need.

Information is available by contacting Pathways of Hope at Hospice of Dayton: 937-258-4991 OR 1-800-653-4490, ext. 1135.

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