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Gina Shares Her Kindness with Others

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Gina poses for a portrait at our beautiful Hospice House.

Gina easily melts the worries (and not to mention, hearts) of the patients and families she meets in our care. Gina is part of our pet therapy program and regularly visits as a supportive companion for patients and families.

Gina did not come from an easy life before her owner Nick Ziza came to her rescue. Gina is a rescue dog found on the street, showing signs of abuse and neglect. As happy as a girl she is, you can tell her life is much different now.

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Gina is a well-known face with our staff.

With her gentle nature and love for people, her caring demeanor was meant to be shared with others. She is certified in pet therapy and is adored by those she encounters.

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Aria, center left, was immediately drawn to Gina.

Some facts about Gina:

  • She has served at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for eight months
  • She is four years old
  • Loves chasing squirrels
  • Enjoys playing with her pet brother Niles

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We thank Nick and Gina for their kindness and support for patients and families at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Learn how you can volunteer here.

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Chaplains Lift Spirits of Patients & Families

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Chaplain Team

Chaplains are an important part of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton interdisciplinary team. Their spiritual support for patients starts with respecting the personal beliefs of each individual.

Hospice chaplains give the gift of listening to each patient and encouraging them to speak about the people, moments, values, work and relationships that have given them meaning and purpose.

For some, a religious or faith tradition is an important aspect of their life, giving them meaning and purpose. Their faith can strengthen and  comfort them. Our chaplains honor and encourage their faith, joining with personal clergy to reinforce this spiritual foundation that anchors them.

For others, religion traditions may not have held a central role in their  expression of faith, but they may still have a strong sense of spirituality.  Hospice chaplains can help patients reflect upon their beliefs, and express their spirituality.

Chaplains also support those who define themselves as agnostic or atheist, meeting them where they are with no judgment or agenda

The hospice chaplain helps each patient be open to the spiritual experience as they prepare to let go of the life they have known and loved.

Our team of chaplains include:

Rhonda Alderman

Jeffrey Brown

Tom Myer

David Parker

Ralph Vencill

Steve Wetterhan

Janie Brewer

John Eshelman

Karen Fox

Sharon Kunselman

Doris McCollum

Joshua Klurwich-Krutt

Ronnie Releford

Rebecca Scherrer

Tom Schwind

 

 

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Patient Earns Athletic Hall of Fame Honors at Otterbein

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Otterbein College are working together to Celebrate the Life of hospice patient Richard C. West, who will be inducted into the Otterbein College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 15.

When staff at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton became aware of plans to honor West, they collaborated to assure transportation and support to enable him to attend ceremonies.

Following his high school graduation Richard began his college studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He played baseball and football for the college’s Pride football team, but his second football season and his life were interrupted by World War II and a notice to report for military duty.

After four years serving in France, Germany and England, Richard returned to college. However, he was soon faced with a dilemma. A tryout with the St. Louis Browns baseball team earned him an offer to join the minor league team as a coach/manager. Richard had to decide whether to complete his degree or accept the job. He opted to finish his degree.

Upon graduation Richard joined athletic department at Otterbein College for eight years. He next accepted a teaching and coaching position in Kettering, Ohio. Eventually he became a guidance counselor, a role he relished. After retirement, he and his wife continues to serve in counseling roles on behalf of their church congregation. Richard returned to academia to earn his doctorate of divinity at the age of 88, serving as an example to all of us that it is never too late to realize a life-long dream.

This Saturday, he will realize another dream when he is inducted into the Otterbein College Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 2008 by the Athletic Department to honor individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to the success Otterbein programs, either as athletes or in supporting roles.

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Joins In Honoring Veterans

comm-care-vet-pinHospice of Dayton, Hospice of Miami County and Community Care Hospice – all affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice – joined together to honor Clinton County Veterans participating in a recent Honor Flight visit to Washington D.C. Almost 80 Veterans and their guardians took part in the Honor Flight experience, which included a tribute and send off at the Clinton County Courthouse.

The flight was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wilmington, which raised money to send the Veterans and their guardians on the Honor Flight trip to see war memorials in the nation’s capitol. The community-based hospice organizations recognized participating Veterans with an American Pride pinning ceremony prior to their departure, making sure that each Veteran received an American Pride pin and was thanked for his/her service. The effort was a community extension of the American Pride program of each of the hospices. American Pride assures that Veterans in hospice care receive benefits and support that acknowledge their services and sacrifice. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illnesses, these local not-for-profit hospice providers are able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families towards a more peaceful ending.

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Pharmacists Provide Superior Care & Services

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The hospice pharmacist is a full member of the hospice interdisciplinary team. High-quality hospice and palliative care includes pharmacists who:

  • Evaluate medication orders and ensure timely delivery of effective medications for patients.
  • Counsel and educate team members about medication therapy. Pharmacists advise members of the hospice team about the potential for drug interactions, drug dangers, and alternative and complementary therapies.
  • Provide medication-compounding to make it easier for patients to benefit from medications. They can also eliminate or adjust ingredients that patients cannot tolerate.
  • Resolve financial concerns. Hospice benefits usually cover medications, but if patients lack insurance coverage or benefits, pharmacists will work with drug manufacturers to provide medications through patient assistance programs.
  • Ensure safe and legal disposal of all medications. Medications remaining in patients’ homes fall under a variety of hazard categories. Pharmacists help families with the removal of the medications from the home in accordance with federal and state drug control and environmental protection laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain compliance with regulatory and licensing agencies to assure safe use and disposal of controlled substances.
  • Pharmacists routinely review patient records and provide recommendations for drug therapies, and assure documentation in keeping with federal and state laws and regulations.

Pharmacists are vital to the hospice team and regularly attend interdisciplinary team meetings to review patient records and determine changes needed to maintain the best possible quality of life for patients in hospice care.

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Wright State School of Nursing Celebrates Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Achievement

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“It is always an honor to celebrate hard working nurses,” Rosalie Mains, Dean of the Wright State University School of Nursing at a reception recognizing the achievement of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, recently named the first hospice in the nation to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “We are very blessed to have this hospice in our community, and we are grateful to share in a commitment to the Power of Nursing.”

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton earned Pathway to Excellence designation for promoting excellence in nursing and providing a positive environment of shared decision making in which nurses can advance and grow professionally. Clinical staff members committed to achieving multiple goals to earn the accolade, including increasing the percentage of eligible nursing staff qualifying for hospice and palliative certification from 12% to 93% over a six year period.

Dean Mains praised the partnership enjoyed by the two Dayton area organizations, and recognized the value each brings to collaborative ventures.

 

She also took the opportunity to honor and recognize WSU alum and Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Chief Nursing Officer Mary Murphy for her vision, service and leadership with an award from the Wright State University College of Nursing.

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The Rich History of Hospice and Palliative Care

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There is such a rich history to the hospice and palliative care story – We invite you to take a journey with us as we guide you through the fascinating history of hospice and palliative care.

By definition, the word hospice originally meant a lodging for travelers or hosting guests or strangers. In current usage, hospice continues to serve unique travelers – those with life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice has become a philosophy of care that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those facing the end of life.  In the mid-1800s, Mrs. Jeanne Garnier founded the Dames de Claire in France to care for the dying. The Sisters of Charity opened Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin in 1879. But the driving force behind the modern hospice movement creating a new approach to care for the dying was a woman in Great Britain who was a registered nurse, a social worker and physician.

Cicely Saunders is recognized as the founder of the modern hospice care. Her experiences at Saint Luke’s Hospital led her to establish Saint Christopher’s in South East London, a hospice dedicated to serve dying patients, in 1967. Her work earned recognition from Her Majesty the Queen when she was named a Dame of the British Empire in 1980 and awarded the Order of Merit in 1989.

The movement to improve end-of-life care in Great Britain inspired others around the world to join in the hospice movement. Early proponents were volunteers with a vision of assuring that no one with a life-limiting condition should have to live and die in unnecessary pain and distress. A legion of international volunteers dedicated themselves to providing holistic care that focused on easing pain and improving quality of life for those with terminal illnesses.

Dame Cicely Saunders came to speak to a group of students at Yale University in the early 1970s. As a result, a nurse and volunteer in Connecticut made the first home care visit to a hospice patient. Quickly, the ideals of hospice were adopted across the country. Serving patients primarily in the home, hospice care initially served primarily those with cancer, ALS and other fatal diseases. With the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, hospice providers became pioneers in caring for those with advanced AIDS.

Like those elsewhere in the country, a nurse in Dayton, Ohio who had cared for her dying mother was determined to improve end-of-life care in her community. In 1978, Betty Schmoll launched Hospice of Dayton with support from every hospital in the community.

Sources:

www.nhpco.org/history-hospice-care

www.hospiceworld.org/history.htm

www.cicelysaundersinternational.org

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Staff Members Recognized for Superior Care and Superior Services

Our Bouquet of Recognition awards celebrate the contributions of staff members who reflect the passion and compassion of the hospice mission. We are so grateful to have these outstanding people on our team:

Carnation Award

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Music Therapist Teresa Edingfield was thanked by a patient family for visits to their mother and a recording of the patient singing with Teresa. “We played the song she recorded, of mom singing and her playing her guitar, at Mom’s service with the grandchildren each walking down the aisle with a single rose and putting it in a vase at the alter. It was beautiful!” Thank you Teresa for bringing music into the lives of our patients and peace to their families.

 

Pictured: Teresa Edingfield

Sunflower Award

sunflowersulajWords like “above and beyond,” “selfless” and “above the top care” were used in the nominations family members submitted to nominate Patient Care Specialist Henrieta Sulag for the Sunflower Award. One family member expressed appreciation not only for the “fantastic care” provided to the patient, but that Henrieta was “so kind and considerate to the whole family” And she “couldn’t express enough how much of a difference Henrieta made. Another submission thanked Henrieta for the “superior care she provided my grandfather in his final two days. We received wonderful care from all of the Crisis Care staff, but Henrietta in particular, stood out from the rest. During the first day of caring for my grandfather, Henrietta cancelled her PTO for the following day so she could come back and care for my grandfather… I can’t think of a better person to win the Sunflower Award. Henrietta, thank you for all that you do. You are one of the reasons Hospice of Dayton provides the best, most superior care.”

Pictured: Henrietta Sulag, left, with manager Kristy Brock

Daisy Award

reduced-april-dixieAdmissions Liaison April Howell was nominated by a staff member at the Samaritan Cancer Center at Good Samaritan North for addressing the needs of a patient and family during an especially difficult time. “This young patient has been resistant to hospice for a couple of months, even through his condition has been dramatically deteriorating. Today he came to terms with his future – God’s perfect plan unfolded before our eyes, and April was a big part of it. April was absolutely wonderful in every way – her interactions with nurses, physicians, our social worker and especially the patient and his family. She made a very difficult transition smith and helped the patient to feel safe and know that his needs/wishes would be met.” April’s ability to provide such care and reassurance reflects the goals we have with every patient and family. Thank you, April, for being such a great example of what we want as a representative of our mission!

Pictured: April Howell, left, with manager Dixie Roberts

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