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April Event Satisfies Appetites and Supports Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Mission

Celebrating life is part of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s mission, and celebrating Steins, Stems, Savories and Sweets is on the calendar this April, an event sure to please the palates of Dayton area “foodies.” Dayton area culinary connoisseurs can put their taste to the test as Steins, Stems, Savories and Sweets brings together the best flavors of Dayton on one great night at one great location.

“This event is so special because it enables us to lift up and highlight the creative chefs of wonderful local restaurants and the craftsmanship of local breweries, wine shops, bakeries and chocolatiers,” says event chair Teri Anderson. “Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton emphasizes celebrating life every day, and we are excited to feature businesses in our community that help us celebrate those important milestones in our lives.”

Scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 7pm, at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., in Dayton, the evening promises a passionate food experience for the culinary conscious. Top chefs from locally-owned eateries including Arche
r’s Tavern, Coco’s Bistro, El Meson, Bar Dumaine – Rue Dumaine, Lily’s Bistro, Nibbles – Watermark, Salar and the Greek Street Food Truck will serve scrumptious samples of their best work. Rumbleseat will select and pair wine with food selections; Sweets by Esther Price and Ginniebug Creations. Local breweries offering locally crafted beer include Fifth Street Brewpub, Warped Wing Brewing Company and Carillon Brewing Company.

Sponsors for the event include Synergy Building Systems, Dayton Physicians Network, Jerry and Patty Tatar, McGohan Brabender – Tony Lombardo, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA, Kent and Teri Anderson and Today’s Home Interiors.

Chef Anne Kearney from Rue Dumaine and Bar Dumaine says she was inspired to participate in the benefit for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton because of the services the local not-for-profit organization provides families as well as patients. “Finding comfort for you and your loved ones during the struggle that often leads us to heaven’s gates is an essential part of survival for those left behind,” she says. “Consoling each of their pain lifts concern and allows for each to find closure.”

Those already salivating at the prospect of attending should purchase tickets now at www.HospiceofDayton.org/SSSS or by calling 937.258.5537. Tickets are limited. Tickets cost $90 each, with $70 of that total tax deductible as proceeds benefit patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Dollars raised will

  • Provide superior care and superior services to anyone in our community facing end-of-life, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Provide grief support at no cost to anyone in the community.
  • Provide complementary services such as respiratory care, massage, music and art therapy.
  • Provide palliative care to patients whose chronic disease compromises their quality of life.

Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets

April 29, 2017, 7pm

at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio

Ticket Price $90

Ticket Information – www.hospiceofdayton.org/ssss or 937.258.5537

Complimentary Valet Parking Available

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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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Nurse Lorraine Gilkison Earns DAISY Recognition

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized every quarter with the Bouquet of Recognition Awards. RN Lorraine Gilkison goes above and beyond in advocating for and serving her patients.

Lorraine Gilkison, pictured left, is a dedicated and caring nurse who will always go the extra mile to deliver kindness to her patients. A colleague nominated her for DAISY recognition noting that “Lorraine has always been a strong advocate for her patients in both symptom management and quality of life. She was instrumental in identifying two friends at Elmcroft of Washington Township who knew each other earlier in life. One of the patients was moved to a local nursing home and the remaining friend had no way of visiting her. Lorraine, with the help of Elmcroft and her team, was able to arrange to have the friend transported to the nursing home to visit. It brightened both of their lives, the team was inspired and the quality of life of many was impacted.”

Lorraine also includes her lovely dog, Remy, when she visits some patients. The DAISY Award recognizes her compassionate care. We join in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all she does in service to the hospice mission.

 

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OHIO’S HOSPICE OF DAYTON SEEKS VOLUNTEERS


Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton seeks new volunteers and will hold a new volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 14,
2017 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

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.”

Hospice volunteers provide a variety of support and services including serving as friendly visitors and companions, providing respite care, shopping, delivering medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services and gardening.  Volunteers also serve as ambassadors sharing information about hospice care 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

For additional information on registration and requirements, please call 937.256.9507, ext. 3314, or click here.

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Volunteer Training Scheduled to Support Hospice Patients in Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties will hold a new volunteer orientation on Wednesday, October 11. 

Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, transportation support, 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
  • Hospice history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, says the contribution of volunteers is invaluable.  “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.”

To become a volunteer, an application and two references are required, and all volunteers are required to complete a background check that reflects no criminal history before participating in training. For additional information please visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/volunteers/

Who:    Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

What:  Volunteer Orientation

When: 8:30 am, Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Where: Lorelei’s Place Hospice House

                5940 Long Meadow Drive

                Franklin, Ohio  45005

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SUNFLOWER Honors Awarded to Megan Wells

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized every quarter with the Bouquet of Recognition Awards. Personal Care Specialist Megan Wells is our newest recipient of the SUNFLOWER Award.  has a special way with patients. So says a family member who nominated her for SUNFLOWER Award recognition.

Megan has a special way with patients. So says a family member who nominated her for SUNFLOWER Award recognition.

“My dad was admitted to the Hospice House in May,” she wrote. “Of course he had many different nurses and aides throughout his stay. Megan stands out. Just her ability to make you feel like you are never a bother and that you are her only patient. She told my dad he was her favorite patient. She may have said it to others, but she made him feel like she meant it. Her great smile and disposition are what you hope every aide displays.”

She continued, “Megan appeared to love her job and patients, and made us feel special.”

Thank you, Megan, for making this family the center of your care and compassion when it mattered most. This is what our hospice mission means, and why you have earned SUNFLOWER honors.

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