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Proud Marine Laid To Rest in Formal Dress Blues

Tommy Hance had one final request.

He wanted to be buried in the Marine dress blue uniform of his service to his country. And he was.

Tommy is described by his sisters as gentle, intelligent, an excellent cook, a lover of classical music and opera. He had a great sense of humor and loved starting and growing his own vegetables from seed. He loved books and hated owing anyone a debt. Respectful of others and a fighter to the end. Tommy Hance Hospice of Dayton

For the last ten years, Tommy had been caring for his aging mother. Then came what was believed to be a bad cold and cough that turned out instead to be a cancer diagnosis.

Tommy attended Stivers High School and had enlisted in the Marines at age 17, believing he could make a difference. The oldest of five children, Tommy trained at Camp Lejeune and then shipped off to Vietnam. Tommy was called “Rocket Man” by his platoon. Small in stature, Tommy was tasked with carrying a rocket launcher on his back, the first to blaze the trail through rice paddies. He was, his sisters say, “proud to be a Marine, but not proud of what he had to do.” Tommy was exposed to Agent Orange and returned home a victim of PTSD. His military experience left many marks.

When he returned to Dayton, Tommy earned a certificate in heating and air conditioning from Sinclair Community College. He worked a variety of jobs, loved working on cars and was a talented mechanic. When his father passed away, Tommy moved back home and assumed responsibility for caring for his mother.

Over the months of Tommy’s treatment for cancer, he spent hours talking and laughing with family and friends. He told them he wished he still had his Marine dress blues so he could be buried in the uniform that made him feel proud. They shared the story with his caregivers at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, who promptly went to work to ensure his final request could be fulfilled. Working with the VA and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, hospice staff made arrangements for a uniform of appropriate size to be shipped overnight.

Tommy Hance got his final wish, once again a proud Marine, handsome in his formal dress blues.

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Offers Holiday Grief Support Program


Hope for the Holidays Supports Those Grieving

The holiday season is a time of great emotion.  For those who are experiencing their first holiday following the loss of a loved one, the emotions of the holiday season can be overwhelming.  Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties offers “Hope for the Holidays” to help.

Open to any member of the community who has lost a loved one, “Hope for the Holidays” is a presentation by the bereavement counseling staff that will celebrate and honor lost loved ones and offer insight into ways to cope with grief during the emotionally charged holiday season. Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a keepsake ornament. The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. When making your reservation please indicate the number attending, as well as the name of the loved one you would like to honor.

“Hope for the Holiday” will be held:

Thursday, November 30 from 7-8 pm

at the Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Team and Staff Center

5940 Long Meadow Dr., Franklin, Ohio

Please RSVP by November 22 to 937.258.4991.

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Pathways of Hope Offers Holiday Grief Support Program

The holiday season is a time of great emotion.  For those who are experiencing their first holiday following the loss of a loved one, the emotions of the holiday season can be overwhelming.  Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton offers “Hope for the Holidays” to help.

Open to any member of the community who has lost a loved one, “Hope for the Holidays” will be held to support those who have lost a loved one. This presentation by the bereavement counseling staff will celebrate and honor lost loved ones and offer insight into ways to cope with grief during the emotionally charged holiday season. Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a keepsake ornament. The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. When making your reservation please indicate which date you wish to attend and the number attending, as well as the name of the loved one you would like to honor.

Because of limited seating, reservations are required and will be accepted until the dates listed below or until capacity is reached, whichever comes first.  To make reservations, call (937) 258-4991 or email agoins@ohioshospice.org.  When making reservations, please indicate the date of the program you plan to attend as well as the name of the loved one you’d like to honor and the number attending.  The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community.

Hope for the Holidays

When: 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, December 7 OR Wednesday, December 13

Where: Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Community Room

               324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420

To Register:     RSVP by November 22 to (937) 258-4991

 

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Bowl for Hospice Benefits Patients and Families of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Bowl for Hospice, a benefit for patients and families served by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, will be held Sunday, November. 5.

Who:  Community members are invited to participate

What:  20th annual Bowl for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. This fun family event offers participating bowlers two hours of bowling, an event t-shirt, and complimentary Papa John’s Pizza with their $50 registration. Event highlights also include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more.

Proceeds support patient programs including:

  • Indigent care – At Hospice of Dayton, everyone receives care regardless of his or her ability to pay.
  • In-patient care options – We provide in-patient hospice care options at our Care Centers in Dayton and Franklin, offering intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility-based setting.
  • Focused & Palliative care – Donor dollars enable us to provide Focused Care, highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. 
  • Community-wide grief support services Our Pathways of Hope Grief Support Services are available at no cost, regardless of whether our hospice services have been used, and in multiple locations, making it more convenient.

When:  Date/Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017

Where:  Woodman Lanes, 3200 Woodman Dr., in Kettering

How: Registration and pledge sheets are available by contacting Ashley Robison at the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation at 937.723.2899 or email arobison@hospiceofdayton.org

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Premier Health Announce New Pure Healthcare Concept and Center

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Premier Health Forge New Approach to Chronic Care

New Center on Miami Valley Hospital South Campus to Support Care at Home for Those With Complex Illnesses

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Premier Health will enhance the Dayton region’s continuum of health care through a new project on the Miami Valley Hospital South campus in Centerville. In early 2019, the two organizations plan to open a new center, the Pure Healthcare Center, from which to serve those with serious and chronic illnesses in their own homes.

Comprehensive services will be provided by a team of Pure Healthcare professionals to address complex medical conditions, multiple chronic illnesses and quality-of-life issues. The new center will serve as a medical home for patients and will combine functions of care management,

rehabilitation, and social services to ensure a more holistic, wellness-centered patient experience. Locating the Pure HealthCare center on the campus of Miami Valley Hospital South aims to ensure patients and families can rely on convenient, seamless, and continuous expert care for advancing symptoms and illnesses.

“We are excited to work with Premier Health in creating a new concept in care,” said Kent Anderson, CEO, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. “There is nothing else like this new center in the entire country. Together we are creating a center where those with acute and chronic illnesses can receive centralized services. We have the unique ability to honor and serve these patients to preserve dignity, provide comfort and assure grace.”

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will contribute palliative care expertise to Pure Healthcare. Palliative care addresses the challenges of patients with serious illness by managing symptoms and care to improve the quality of life for both patient and family. By holistically addressing the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of patients, palliative care supports patients as they receive life-prolonging or life-saving therapies. Patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses may all be candidates for Pure Healthcare support.

Premier Health will seek to assure patients have access to optimal lab and imaging resources for diagnosis and treatment, as well as advanced treatment practices.

“When two like-minded, complementary organizations set out together to improve quality of life, the result can only benefit patients with complex needs – and bring peace of mind to their loved ones,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton embody that collaborative spirit with Pure Healthcare.”

Pure Healthcare will collaborate and coordinate with primary and other health care professionals to provide seamless transitions across health care settings and ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services. Patients will benefit from around-the-clock symptom management and evidence based protocols. Where appropriate, new technologies will be used to monitor and address patient conditions.

A groundbreaking event at the Miami Valley Hospital South campus, 2400 Miami Valley Drive, will be announced later this year. Construction of the three-story, 36,000-square-foot building is expected to cost about $10 million.

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Raffle of Commemorative Quilt Contributes to Patient Care

Supporters of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will be joining in the annual 3k/5k Remembrance Walk on Saturday, October 21. Proceeds from the event will benefit patient care at the not-for-profit organization. Organizers are also offering a one of a kind commemorative quilt as a raffle prize. The quilt includes past Remembrance Walk t-shirts in the design. Participants are invited to celebrate 13 years of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Remembrance Walk with purchase of a raffle ticket to win.

Tickets are available for a donation of:

$1 for 1 ticket

$5 for 6 tickets

$20 for 25 tickets

Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale by contacting Ashley Robison at 937-723-2899, or at arobison@hospiceofdayton.org and will also be sold at the Remembrance Walk on October 21. Winner must be present to win if tickets are purchased the day of the 2017 Remembrance Walk; those who pre-purchase tickets do not have to be present to win.

Proceeds from the raffle and 3k/5k Remembrance Walk will enable Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, to provide superior care and superior services to all patients with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of ability to pay.   Programs supported by Remembrance Walk include:

Indigent Care – Hospice services are available to everyone in the greater Dayton community regardless of ability to pay.

Hospice House In-patient care options – In addition to serving patients in their homes, extended and assisted living facilities, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton offers in-patient care at the Dayton Hospice House, providing intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility setting.

Complementary, Focused & Palliative Care – Donor dollars enable patients to receive services such as highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. Massage, art, music and occupational therapies are also provided to assure an improved quality of life for patients.

Community wide Grief Support Services – We provide Grief Support Services at no cost, regardless of whether our hospice services have been used

Walk Registration: Visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/Walk2017 or call 937-222-WALK 

Contact:  Ashley Robison, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 937-723-2899, or email arobison@hospiceofdayton.org

 

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CARNATION Award Goes to Deborah Jorgenson

A colleague nominated Pharmacy Services Coordinator Deb Jorgenson for the CARNATION Award based on her commitment to the hospice mission.

“Over the past few months of working with Deb, I have noticed her unwavering commitment to her job and to the hospice mission,” the nomination reads. “There has never been a day that has gone by that Deb has not gone above and beyond for fellow employees, patients and family members. She is always quick to take action when someone is in need, whether it be giving a tour of the facilities to family members or making a phone call to Therapy Support about equipment needs, and everything else in between. I have noticed that if there are loved ones searching for a patient room, she never gives verbal directions, but instead, always walks them to the room, always with a warm smile on her face.”

“Deb is also always professional and courteous to work with. She will listen to the problem or challenge and always offers helpful and constructive advice and insight on how to resolve the situation. Her tireless work ethic and sheer enjoyment of her job are evident each and every day.”

We join with the colleague submitting the nomination in saying “Deb is a pleasure to work with, and someone we should all aspire to emulate.”

A sincere thank you to Deb for always exemplifying our hospice mission!

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Mary’s Party of a Lifetime

We are all familiar with birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions as ways to gather together and #CelebrateLifesStories – but what if you sent out invites to your closest friends and family to celebrate your life and attend your own wake? “A-wake,” that is.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton patient Mary Lou Spangler’s wish was to have a celebration of her life with loved ones, and her dream came true. With the help of family and the hospice staff, Mary had the time of her life embracing old friends and new grandchildren at her party “Mary Lou’s Big A-Wake.”

Long time friends of 50 years celebrate Mary's life at her big a-wake.

Mary Lou Spangler, left, with best friend of over 50 years Darlynn.

“When I got sicker a few months ago, it got me thinking about the changes (in my condition),” Mary said. “In the back of my mind, I knew that this (celebration) was what I wanted. I didn’t like the idea of anyone partying without me!”

Mary shows off her customized wine glass for her special day, Big A-Wake

Mary shows off her customized wine glass for her special day.

While sipping out of her personalized wine glass, Mary was the star of the show and looked stunning while wearing a nametag that read “The Queen.”  With all the selfies she was getting, you would think she was a celebrity. She was that day.

Mary gets a selfie with her partner Charlie at her Big A-Wake.

Mary gets a selfie with her partner Charlie.

“I’ve always been a party girl,” Mary said with a grin. “It makes me laugh and it makes me cry to be with everyone today.”

Mary’s son, Ted Spangler, who according to his nametag is “Mom’s Favorite,” shared his joy with many at his mother’s party and talked about the difference Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has made in their lives.

“Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is everything,” Ted said. “They have gone above and beyond. This party would never work without their support.”

Ted’s brother Dean Spangler chimed in.

“Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton extended (Mary’s) life immensely,” he said. “I can’t say enough about it. It’s been a great experience. Everyone that’s taken care of her has been wonderful.”

Mary and friends enjoy looking at a slideshow of her favorite memories at her Big A-Wake.

Mary and friends enjoy looking at a slideshow of her favorite memories.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is grateful for the honor and privilege of celebrating life with Mary and her loved ones. We are so glad the party was a hit!

How can we help your loved one celebrate life? Learn more about our services by clicking here or calling 937.256.4490.

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Remembrance Walk Honors Memories and Benefits Patients and Families of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

The annual Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton 3k/5k Remembrance Walk will be held on Saturday, October 21.

Who: Members of the community are invited to walk in memory of a loved one. Participants can take part as individuals or as part of a team.

What:  Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton 3k/5k Remembrance Walk 

When:  Saturday, October 21, 2017, Registration opens at 8:30 am; Walk begins at 10 am

Why: Proceeds will enable Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, to provide superior care and superior services to all patients with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of ability to pay.   

Programs supported by Remembrance Walk include:

Indigent Care – Hospice services are available to everyone in the greater Dayton community regardless of ability to pay.

Hospice House In-patient care options – In addition to serving patients in their homes, extended and assisted living facilities, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton offers in-patient care at the Dayton Hospice House, providing intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility setting.

Complementary, Focused & Palliative Care – Donor dollars enable patients to receive services such as highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. Massage, art, music and occupational therapies are also provided to assure an improved quality of life for patients.

Community wide Grief Support Services –  Grief Support Services are provided at no cost to anyone in the community, regardless of whether Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton services have been used

REGISTER HERE or call 937-222-WALK.

Contact:  Ashley Robison, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 937-723-2899, or email arobison@hospiceofdayton.org

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This Birthday Celebration Will Touch Hundreds of Lives

Karlee Plozay is named for her great-grandfather, Carl Winkle. Unfortunately, she never got to meet him. He lost his life to cancer before she was born. He was cared for by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, and in some ways, hospice has played a role in Karlee’s life ever since.

Karlee was born shortly after her great-grandfather passed, and helped fill the empty hole his loss left in her great-grandmother, Patricia’s, heart. Karlee and her great-grandmother were very close, so the passing of her great-grandmother was the first major loss of Karlee’s young life. Karlee learned on her eighth birthday that her great-grandmother had died. “I was so sad and it hurt so much because I spent so much time with her,” Karlee remembers. “My grandma said I should think about going to Camp Pathways grief camp.”

She did. Karlee spent a weekend with other children who had lost loved ones, having the usual fun of campfires, swimming, arts and crafts. Camp Pathways also includes opportunities to express grief and strategies children can use to cope with their sadness. The experience had a huge impact on Karlee, enabling her to express her grief and discover new ways to deal with it. “I went to Camp and learned how to deal with death even though it is very sad and hard,” Karlee explains. “This is why hospice is so important to me.”

Karlee turned eleven this summer. She asked for no gifts for herself. All she wanted for her birthday was a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. She found the perfect opportunity in a project for hospice.

Those who come to the Hospice House at Dayton have the opportunity to memorialize a loved one by taking home a seedling plant to remind them of their loved one. Volunteers hand decorate the pots used for the seedlings.

“For my birthday party, I chose to help others by painting the flower pots for hospice with my friends instead of receiving gifts,” Karlee explains. “I feel like giving is more important than receiving, and making someone else smile is the best gift I could ever be given.”

Karlee invited all her friends in the neighborhood to a painting party. Working together they brightly painted and decorated pots that will be used by grieving families to hold plant starters bearing memories of loved ones no longer here.

“When I go to the Hospice House it reminds me of a big house with lots of bedrooms,” Karlee says.  “I know the people that are in those beds are not in pain anymore because of the people at hospice. They take really good care of them.”

Each seedling pot touches the lives of five people, from patients and family to staff and volunteers. “Karlee had an absolute blast, and as a result, she and her friends will touch almost 1,000 lives,” her mother, Sara, explains. “She amazes me. I am pretty proud of her.”

Those interested in supporting the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton through volunteer service or projects can click here for more information or contact the volunteer department at (937) 256-9507 x 1161.

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