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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.


Help Our Mission – Become a Volunteer in 2017!

Volunteer helps with office tasks.

Help us enhance the quality of life of patients and families – #volunteer with us! The first volunteer orientation of the year is January 21.

At orientation, you will learn:

  • 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

Volunteer orientation dates throughout the year are:

January 21

February 13

March 1 & 25

April 12

May 10

June 7 & 17

July 12

August 19

September 18

October 11 & 14

November 8

December 6

All sessions are from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.

If you are interested, please complete the volunteer application and learn more here.

Please call 937.256.9507, ext. 3314 for more information.


Hospice Nursing Honor Guard Pays Tribute to Nurses

“The concept of honoring nurses who have given themselves to the care of others, was the initial appeal for me. It became more than a concept from the first time I stepped into a patient’s home, surrounded and embraced by her family, friends and fellow nurses. This nurse, who was dying at home, cared for by her parents, was younger than I. Her 15-year old daughter was at her bedside as we tried to thank her for her years of service to others. I have been a hospice nurse for more than 20 years. I have been privileged to share in many life closures, but in this situation, I struggled with my own tears.”

That is how Susan Boesch, RN, OCN, CHPN, with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton describes her experience with the Nursing Honor Guard program, which was created to celebrate and honor those who have dedicated their professional lives to nursing. With growing demand for these ceremonies, Ohio’s Hospice needs more staff volunteers to assist in honoring nursing professionals at the end-of-life.

The Nursing Honor Guard is comprised of Ohio’s Hospice volunteer nurses who conduct a ceremony at the patient bedside. Upon request, the Nursing Honor Guard conducts a ceremony to celebrate the service and honor nurses who have life-limiting illnesses and have become patients in the care of Ohio’s Hospice. Dressed in traditional and historical uniforms, the Honor Guard recognizes the nurse for her commitment to caring and providing compassion to patients. Career highlights and individual achievements are highlighted as part of the ceremony, in which the honoree is presented with a pin and certificate of appreciation.

According to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Team Leader Jena Langford, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCM, “This program grew from a Bright Idea submitted by Christy Dempsey RN. Christy attended a graveside nursing honor guard tribute and was touched by the respect and appreciation given to the nurse that had passed. Christy wanted Hospice to honor our patients who are nurses.” Jena and Bessie Marshall adapted a program for Ohio’s Hospice that focuses on bedside tributes while patients are still alive.  Langford explains, “We interview the family and/or patient and create an individualized script tailored to each patient/nurse.  It is an honor to write these tributes and to be involved in presenting them”

Boesch says she has a new sense of appreciation for the role of nursing as a result of participating in Honor Guard Ceremonies. “I have seen, first hand, just how much a career in nursing means to the whole family. How proud they are of her/his achievements and service to others.”

Dressed in traditional and historical uniforms, the Honor Guard recognizes the nurse for her commitment to caring and providing compassion to patients.

Her sentiments are echoed by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Care Team Coordinator Linda Cummins, RN, BSN, CHPN, who opted for a career in nursing after completing military service. “I recall that feeling I had when I put on my nursing cap and was given a Nightingale lantern at my nursing school graduation.  I felt a sense of pride and community — very similar to the camaraderie of the military.  I recall the deep sense of honor and responsibility I felt as we all recited the Nightingale Pledge together at the conclusion of our graduation ceremony.  I have seen that sense of pride on the nurses we have honored with the Nursing Honor Guard.  There is a sense of purpose, honor, and responsibility – responsibility for something much bigger than one person, one nurse or one patient.  There are very few things in the civilian world that echoes military honor and commitment, but nursing is very much like that. The Nursing Honor Guard has given me that gift, that sense of awesome responsibility we have in caring for others.”

Cummins says the ceremony means much more to her than simply recognizing a fellow nurse. “We are acknowledging the role of nursing in our culture and how important and respected it is.  We are thanking these nurses and their families for the sacrifices of late nights, shift work, on-call duties, and informal nursing duties for family, friends and community.  We are acknowledging a lifetime of service.  We are acknowledging the higher calling of the life in the service of nursing.”

Langford cites Cummins and others whose participation has been a key to the success of the Nursing Honor Guard effort. “I would like to give a special thank you to the core group of staff who enable me to keep this program running smoothly – Linda Cummins, Terri Knopp, and Christy Dempsey. And a great thank you to all the staff volunteers taking time out of their day to complete these tributes!”

Ohio’s Hospice team members interested in volunteering to serve with the Nursing Honor Guard are invited to contact Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Coming Home Team Leader Jena Langford, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCM at or Admission Care Liaison with Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Christy Dempsey, RN, BSN, CHPN, at


2015 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, volunteers give their time, skills, and compassionate service supporting the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. This time of year, the staff of both locations gets to say Thank You to the volunteers who help make providing superior care and superior services to our patients and their families possible!

We would like to add a special note of thanks to the wonderful members of the Epsilon Lambda Sorority. For the past 15 years, these talented and dedicated volunteers have created and sold hundreds of batches of homemade caramels as a fundraiser for Hospice of Dayton Foundation. This year, the group planned to turn out 350 pounds of delicious homemade caramels, with outstanding success! A check for over $2,000 was presented to the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation today from sales. Amazing!

Thank you, Epsilon Lambda Sorority Sisters, and Thank You to all our incredible volunteers!


Pathways Breakaway 2016 – Registration Now Open!

grief, children, Dayton

Fun activities at the Kettering Recreation Center focus on helping kids express themselves.

Are you interested in supporting a child who may be experiencing grief? Pathways Breakaway is designed for children, 7-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. This daylong event focuses on giving kids the opportunity to enjoy age-specific, fun activities such as swimming, ice skating and games. Along with physical activity, Breakaway allows time for exploring an emotional expression of grief with activities involving art, music and group discussions. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Pathways Breakaway will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 2016, from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, a day on which many children will be out of school for the Martin Luther King holiday. The event takes place at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio, Breakaway is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required as the event will be limited to 50 children.

For further information and registration materials, please contact Pathways of Hope at (937)258-4991, or email Families can also register online at

Heirlooms to Open At Centerville Location

The Upscale Resale and More Shop has a new name, Heirlooms, and is expanding to a second location in
Centerville, scheduled to open November 17.

Located at 461 Miamisburg- Centerville Road (Rt. 725) near the Melting Pot, Heirlooms will share the building with the Centerville Team Station where the south Quality of Life Teams (QLT) meet.

Volunteers interested in helping price items, serving as a clerk, and selling online are asked to call Linda
Corey Simpson, 256-9507 x1163.

Operation Organize

“Many hands make light work.”
Your help is needed to organize the outpouring of craft donations from the Dayton community after the article
in the Dayton Daily News.

9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10

Whatever time you can spare will be appreciated. The empty tubs are ready. We just needs your hands.
Please call Linda Corey Simpson, 256-9507 x1163, and let her know which day you can help organize.