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Volunteers Shape Our Gardens at Hospice House

Every connection we make with our patients, families, and community is meaningful to us. We are always grateful when we learn that our organization holds special meaning to members of the community. That’s why we are so moved when Mark Bisceglia says his connection with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is what brought his Dayton Nielsen team of volunteers to our campus.

Mark Bisceglia, pictured, led the Dayton Nielsen team to Volunteer at the Ohio's Hospice of Dayton gardens.

Mark Bisceglia, pictured, led the Dayton Nielsen team to volunteer at the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton gardens.

“Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has had a very personal and profound impact on my life and the lives of my family,” Bisceglia said. “My father was a patient here almost 21 years ago and my mother-in-law was a patient recently around Easter. I’ve also had grandparents that utilized Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s services.”

Nielsen Volunteers uproot a bush at Ohio's Hospice of Dayton.

Nielsen Volunteers uproot a bush at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.

When Bisceglia was placed in charge of this year’s Nielsen Global Impact Day for his Dayton team, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton was the first organization he thought of.

“The campus and its staff have been there repeatedly during my time of need and this was an opportunity to give back to an organization that has provided so much for my family,” Bisceglia said.

Nielsen allows its over 40,000 team members to dedicate up to 24 hours of time per year to not-for-profit organizations. Once a year, Nielsen conducts its Nielsen Global Impact Day, a day the entire company, in the U.S. and throughout the world, volunteer at not-for-profit organizations.

Nielsen Volunteer adds these vibrant flowers to our Hospice House gardens.

Nielsen Volunteer adds these vibrant flowers to our Hospice House gardens.

This year, 12 Nielsen Volunteers gave over 40 hours of Volunteer time to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton on that day alone. During that time, Bisceglia and his team focused on beautification of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton campus, by planting flowers, replacing flower beds, and planting grass seed.

Volunteer plants plant at Ohio's Hospice of Dayton Hospice House

“I would strongly encourage anyone with a heart of giving back to consider Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton,” Bisceglia said. “The services they provide and the incredible compassion of each and every staff member, in my opinion, makes this an ideal organization of which to serve.”

We thank the Nielsen team for supporting our mission of providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family – we can’t do what we do without our compassionate Volunteers.Nielsen Volunteers at Ohio's Hospice of Dayton Hospice House

Volunteers can support our mission in many ways. See how you or your workplace can make a difference in the lives of our patients and families by visiting this link.


Volunteer Creates Memorial for Those Dedicated to Mission

When Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton laid the Memorial Walkway around the grounds of the Hospice House in the 1990’s, Bob Hageman helped place the bricks. Bob is back hard at work creating a new brick paver display, this time as a volunteer.

Bob is now retired after a career in excavation. Revitalizing and restoring memorial gardens and walkways has become his personal passion. Bob signed on to volunteer at Ohio’s Hospice after his sister passed away at the Hospice House two years ago. His work on the grounds is focused on a circular brick walkway that reflects an artistic and environmental application of “found” and salvaged materials.

“I uncovered a lot of lot of the original bricks buried in the woods on the grounds,” Bob says, “including a dozen pavers with peace dove carvings that form a part of the design. Some of the bricks were cut in ways that could be laid in a pattern that echoes the design of the icon used in the Ohio’s Hospice logo.”

In addition to creating what he calls a “Center of Peace” walkway and garden, Bob is also making improvements to the hillside to redirect drainage into an existing creek on the property and away from the parking lot.

Bob’s work will culminate in the dedication of the space as a Staff Memorial Wall recognizing staff members who passed away while working at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and staff members with 15 or more years of service. More details to come!


2017 Golf Classic Benefits Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

The Annual Golf Classic event to benefit Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will support patient care and services at the local not-for-profit hospice.

The 2017 Golf Classic to benefit Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will be held Monday, June 5 at Sycamore Creek Country Club. The annual event includes lunch, hole competitions, a silent auction and awards banquet to close the day.

The presenting sponsor is The Schade Team of Merrill Lynch. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the event, with proceeds supporting patient and family services at the premier not-for-profit  hospice that has served the community for nearly 40 years.

According to Special Events and Donor Relations Associate, Ashley Robison of the Hospice of Dayton Foundation, the event begins with a luncheon at 11:30 am and competition opens with shotgun start at 12:30 pm. “We always enjoy the return of many of the golfers who have participated in previous Golf Classics,” Robison says. “They enjoy the day and appreciate that their involvement helps Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton continue to deliver superior care and superior services to those facing life-limiting illnesses.”


Information about sponsorship opportunities and team registration is available by contacting Robison at or by calling 937-258-5537.



Thank You to the Stars Who Come Out at Night

We are saluting the night owls at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton this week – those who provide superior care and superior services to our patients during the overnight hours.

May 10 is National Third Shift Workers Day, and we are joining to recognize the valuable contributions of members of our night shift staff who deliver superior care and superior services for patients and families through the night.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton welcomes new members to the night shift with a pin and a booklet written by our night shift team that shares suggestions for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle while working overnight hours. We are grateful to those who find their calling in caring for patients overnight.

As Crisis Care LPN Robin Sievering puts it, “I feel so many patients are alone at night and it’s important for them to feel someone who cares can be there to give them love and attention.”

When asked, many of those working the night shift say they are night owls who love the hours. Other explanations for why some staffers choose the overnight shift include

  • Spending more time with family
  • Working in the yard
  • Scheduling around other family members needs
  • Devoting more time to other interests and activities during the day

Whatever their reasons, we could not do without their dedication to the hospice mission.

Special thanks to all of our night shift staff members! Your care is critical to our patients and we appreciate your contributions.


Thank You for Supporting Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets!

Thank you to all who joined us for Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets! Support from sponsors, donors, vendors and those in attendance enable us to deliver superior care and superior services to every family and maintain a singular focus on quality of life.

Thanks to all who helped to make this event possible!

Couldn’t make it? You can still support our mission by clicking here.

See highlights from the event below!

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We offer our sincerest thanks to the following groups and individuals that made Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets possible:


Presenting Sponsor:

Champagne Sponsor:

Friend of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton


Midas Sponsors:

Jerry & Patty Tatar


Reserve Sponsors:

Kent & Teri Anderson

Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A.

McGohan Brabender – Tony Lombardo

Today’s Home Interiors


Premium Sponsors:

Jan Culver & Gene Kurtz

Designworks Studio

Elizabeth Diamond Company

Hanson Audio Video LLC

Mr. & Mrs. Franz J. Hoge

NOVUM Custom Homes

Therapy Support

USI Insurance Services


Patron Sponsors:

Keith Bowers

Frank & Pam Howard

John Jessup

Tom & Lois Mann

MFS Investment Services

Chip & Betsy Mues

Dr. Syl Trepanier &

Mr. Jeffrey Nugent


Supporting Sponsors:

Dr. & Mrs. Ratna Palakodeti

John A. Rossi Photography



Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets


Fifth Street Brewpub

Warped Wing Brewing Co.

Carillon Brewing Co.



Rumbleseat Wine



Archer’s Tavern

Bar Dumaine – Rue Dumaine

Coco’s Bistro

El Meson

Greek Street Food Truck

Lily’s Bistro

Nibbles – Watermark




Esther Price

Ginniebug Creations


Committee Members

Teri Anderson – Chair

Mary Bane

Jan Culver

Claudia Dickey

Donna Durst

Connie Foster

Chris Holloway

Lori Igel

Mary Irby-Jones

Anne Kearney

Laura Koons

Ryan Leesman

Susan Page

Lezley Pisone

Ashley Robison

Susan Ruff

Craig Schrolucke

Toni Sprinkle

Tammy Thomas


Archer’s Tavern

Brooklyn Brewery

Dayton History-Carillon Park

Carillon Brewing Co.

Cathy Pearson

Coco’s Bistro

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Dorothy Lane Market

El Meson

Elements Massage-Beavercreek

Elizabeth Diamond Company

Enduring Youth Skin & Laser Center

Eric Matthew, Guitarist

Esther Price Candies

Fifth Street Brewpub

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Connie Foster, Designworks Studio

Gervasi Vineyard

Ginniebug Creations

Greek Street Food Truck

Hanson Audio Video LLC

The Human Race Theatre Company

Lily’s Bistro

Leone Hinzman

Kathy Anderson, Owner, My Pilates Studio


Nibbles Restaurant & Catering – Watermark

Nicholas Yust

Peter Benjamin & Kate Callahan

The Pine Club

Poelking Lanes South

Rue Dumaine – Bar Dumaine

Rumbleseat Wine


Springhouse Architects

Stephanie Llacuna, Harpist


The Woodhouse Day Spa

Today’s Home Interiors

Victoria Theatre Association

Warped Wing Brewing Co.

Watson’s of Dayton

Wellington Grille

Winans Chocolates & Coffees


Honor Flight Celebrates Hospice Patient Military Service

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton patient and Veteran Bill Elliott came home exhausted, but happy, from an Honor Flight celebrating his service to the nation.

“I am excited for him,” said son Forst Elliott about the Honor Flight trip for his father. “It is such an affirmation of his life.”

Bill’s hospice team and his caregivers from St. Leonard’s worked hard to make sure Bill could safely and comfortably enjoy the Honor Flight journey. “This would never have happened for him unless he was here in Dayton and in the care of hospice and St. Leonard’s,” Forst says.

Bill had been living independently in Arizona until the day Forst received a phone call at 3 am advising him that his father had been stopped while driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Bill was hospitalized. His oxygen was low, he suffered from COPD and dementia. Ironically, Forst is a financial consultant who routinely advises families to prepare for the unexpected. Not anticipating how soon he would need to activate the document, he had asked his father to complete the form designating him Power of Attorney during his last visit.

“It was clear he was not getting the care he needed leading up to his hospitalization,” Forst observes. “It was important to me or him to be around family, so he agreed to come back to Dayton. His condition has dramatically improved since he is back, around family, and receiving the level of care he needs from hospice and St. Leonard’s.“

Bill was always proud of his Marine service. He bragged about being able to wear his dress blues at the age of 78. With his return to Dayton, Forst learned more about his father’s military experience than he had ever known. Bill was a member of ROTC in high school. After graduation, at age 19, he was attending night classes at the University of Louisville and working as a clerk at the L & N Railroad when he earned a nomination for entrance to Annapolis Naval Academy. He earned a perfect score on the entrance exam.







Bill enlisted in the Marines in 1951 and served as a drill sergeant at Camp Pendleton during the Korean conflict. Following his service he returned to Louisville, where he met and married his wife. The couple settled in Dayton in 1963, and there, working full-time and starting a family, Bill finished his degree at the University of Dayton. Bill worked for a time for Mead and then joined ABF Freight. While his marriage ended and he moved from Ohio to Arizona, his relationship with his five children remained strong. Family members were the first to welcome him back from his Honor Flight adventure.

“I was never in the service,” his son Forst says, “but I know for my Dad it was a real point of pride. I’m happy for him to have this trip with his fellow Veterans. It is a brotherhood only they can share.”


Volunteer Training Slated for Support Essential to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will hold a new volunteer orientation on May 15, 2017.

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services and gardening. Volunteers also serve as ambassadors sharing information about hospice care, as friendly visitors and in office support roles.




Volunteer training acquaints new volunteers with information on

  • History and goals of end-of-life care
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and of all ages. “Volunteers give from their hearts and enable us to touch the lives of patients and families with enhanced compassion and care. They are essential to our mission of providing superior care and superior services.”

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