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National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2019, with focus on reminding people, regardless of age or current health status, of the importance of making their personal healthcare decisions known. Hospice of Central Ohio is joining the effort to encourage members of our community to participate in important discussions about end-of-life care.

Every day at Hospice of Central Ohio we help families come to terms with the unimaginable loss of a loved one. Family members are torn as they consider what is right, what is best, how to best honor the life of their loved one. There may be differences of opinion that can fracture families forever. This does not need to happen.

By sharing information with loved ones and your doctor about what you would want when you are facing life-limiting circumstances, you are not only helping yourself, you are also alleviating family members of guilt, stress, fear and potential long-lasting conflict.

According to a National Institute of Health study, only 26.3% of U.S. adults have completed an Advance Directive. Why not more? Most had thought about it but not completed the forms. The primary reasons offered were that they did not know about the forms or were concerned about cost or complexity.

In reality, it is simple, easy and free to take the steps to assure your healthcare decisions are honored.

  • Talk with your loved ones about your preferences for healthcare planning
  • Forms can also be found online at ohioshospice.org/ACP

Show your love for your family by taking the necessary steps to establish your wishes during National Healthcare Decisions Week. They will be forever grateful to you for it.

Home administrators, nurses and social workers can earn continuing education credits at a day-long educational conference slated by Hospice of Central Ohio for October 3, 2018.

The program will begin with registration at 8 am and course offerings from 8:30 to 4 pm, with lunch included. Cost for the daylong conference is $75. Participants can earn up to 6 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Topics include Toolbox for High-Risk Situations which addresses the unique challenges posed for clinicians by complex family situations.  This course is designed to identify ways in which some of these situations can create barriers to care, and how clinicians can be prepared to address them. Presenters include Susan Boesch, RN, OCN, CHPN, RN Care Manager at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Susan has over 23 years of experience working in hospice and palliative care settings. Susan is a frequent and experienced presenter at local, state, and national hospice conferences. Susan will be joined by Bonnie Orlins MSW, LISW-S, ACHP-SW, a Bereavement Counseling Professional at Pathways of Hope grief support services of Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. She provides ongoing counseling and support to individuals and families in the surrounding community and helps facilitate regular support groups. Bonnie is also an experienced presenter at local, state, and national hospice conferences and nephrology conferences.

Mark Pierce, MDiv, BCC, and Kelly Stansel, LSW, CHP-SW, of Hospice of Central Ohio, will offer Cultural Differences at the End of Life. More than ever before, healthcare workers are providing care to a very diverse community.  People from all cultural backgrounds need quality, compassionate care.  This program will enable participants to become more culturally competent. Mark has been a full-time chaplain serving Hospice of Central Ohio for fourteen years. He has extensive experience and is passionate about caring for individuals who have dementia and is attentive to their unique spiritual needs. He serves people in a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Kelly Has a combined twelve+ years of experience with Hospice of Central Ohio and is currently a home team social worker.  Kelly received her Hospice and Palliative Care certification in 2016 and offers frequent presentations on hospice and end of life care for local organizations.

Universal Precautions for Drug Misuse and Diversion in Hospice will provide much-needed information on drug regulations and effective medication management, now more important than ever due to the current drug epidemic in the country.  Participants will learn about the current epidemic of drug misuse and diversion and how it compels hospice programs to provide effective management of scheduled medications; examine the state and federal regulations with which medication protocols and policies must be compliant; explore the components of an effective toolkit for medication management in hospice and techniques for proper medication disposal and discover how a policy of universal precautions for medication management improves safety, compliance, and engagement for patients, families and staff. Presenters are Lisa Maurer, DO, Hospice of Central Ohio, and Cleanne Cass DO, FAAHPM, FAAFP, Director of Community Care and Education at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Dr. Lisa Maurer is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians with Subspecialty Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She has been practicing in central Ohio since 1995 and joined Hospice of Central Ohio as an Associate Medical Director in 2012. Dr. Cass is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Cass is a clinical professor of Palliative Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical Associate Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boonshoft College of Medicine, Wright State University.  She serves as Chair of the American Osteopathic Association’s Council of Palliative Care Issues and is a member of the Board of the Ohio Pain Initiative and previously served on the National Quality forum Advisory Committee for Hospice and Palliative Care. She is also an appointed member of the Governor’s Cabinet Opioid Action team which is developing guidelines for safe opioid prescribing in the state of Ohio and is c active with the task force working to implement MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in the state of Ohio. Dr. Cass was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Osteopathic Association’s Trustee’s Award for Distinguished Service and recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Chapter, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Go In Peace, The Caregivers Role in Healing the Soul Wounds of Veterans will focus on care for Veterans.  One-fourth of Americans who die this year will be Veterans.  Healthcare professionals are now caring for 3 different War Eras of Veterans, all who are nearing end of life.  This presentation focuses on recognizing these individuals and understanding some of the specific care needs that may present challenges to quality care.  Presenter Robert “Bob” Allen is a decorated Army officer who flew helicopters in Vietnam. The son of a career Army veteran, Bob grew up in the military and traveled the world with his family during his father’s assignments. His experience has given him a lifelong affinity and passion for veterans and for his work with helping them overcome the emotional and silent scars they sometimes carry. Bob holds a BS in Marketing and an MA in Marketing Management. He began his career as a corporate pilot before working in college and university admissions for over thirty years. Bob is co-founder of “Awakenings,” an organization promoting care and healing for Veterans through peer mentoring. He is also an active public speaker for Veteran’s issues.

Registration is available here.

 

 


Hospice of Central Ohio, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, is opening a new office location and will celebrate with an Open House Thursday, August 23, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:00 am at the new location, 1166 Military Rd., Suite A, in Zanesville.

Hospice of Central Ohio has served patients and families for 35 years in nine central Ohio counties. Currently serving over 350 hospice patients and families and providing palliative care services to more than 200 patients daily, Hospice of Central Ohio is an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice. As one of nine mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in central and southwestern Ohio, Ohio’s Hospice affiliates are committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community-based, not-for-profit hospices and share the values of:

  • Providing a patient atmosphere of hospitality, respect and caring
  • Attending to the social, physical, and spiritual needs of each person we are privileged to serve
  • Preserving and enhancing patient dignity
  • Celebrating the life of each individual we serve
  • Reducing unnecessary suffering in the communities we serve

Hospice of Central Ohio offers:

  • Superior care and superior services to patients and families
  • Resources like respiratory therapy, massage, occupational and additional therapies
  • Support for patients wherever they call home, in every care setting, including extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospice houses and hospital inpatient settings.
  • Hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff and available 24 hours per day.
  • Hospice services accredited by The Joint Commission and approved by Medicare
  • Palliative care services certified by The Joint Commission for Community Based Palliative Care
  • Coming soon - Inpatient services at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and University Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Inpatient care through the Selma Markowitz Inpatient Center at Licking Memorial Hospital

 

 

COLUMBUS, DAYTON & NEWARK, Ohio – To best meet the end-of-life needs of patients, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is creating a new 12-bed inpatient hospice unit at University Hospital that is scheduled to open fall 2018.

“A pillar of The Ohio State University’s strategic plan is to enhance patient care with an emphasis on an unparalleled patient experience,” said David McQuaid, CEO of The Ohio State University Health System and chief operating officer of Wexner Medical Center. “This new unit will ensure our patients who have a serious or life-limiting illness receive the care, support, dignity and comfort needed to have a meaningful end-of-life experience without having to leave our medical center.”

The new hospice service will provide end-of-life care to patients from all of our hospitals and will include pain management and symptom control, spiritual support, bereavement support and support groups. Offering the comforts of home, the unit’s 12 patient rooms will feature a nature motif incorporating woodgrain and natural finishes to provide a peaceful environment for patients and families, along with flexible space dedicated to facilitating family gatherings. Staff will include experts in end of life, palliative and bereavement care, such as physicians, nurses and social workers. Families will be able to stay with or visit their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“End of life is an emotional time that is often filled with grief and difficult decisions,” said Dr. Susan Moffat-Bruce, executive director of University Hospital. “We are proud to offer this vital supportive care service so our patients are empowered to live each day as fully as possible.”

Kris Kipp, executive director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute said, “When our cancer patients transition from curative to supportive care, the new inpatient hospice unit will be there to address their medical, nursing, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”

Ohio’s Hospice affiliate Hospice of Central Ohio will manage the inpatient hospice unit at Wexner Medical Center. Ohio’s Hospice is a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in 36 Ohio counties.

“We’re honored to provide our world-class end-of-life care to patients at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center,” said Kent Anderson, president and CEO of Ohio’s Hospice. “Patients and their families from across the state can expect smooth transitions of care from inpatient to home hospice when needed.”

Hospice of Central Ohio President and CEO Kerry Hamilton said, “This new partnership enables us to enhance and expand services to our central Ohio community and statewide, creating seamless continuity of care when patients and families most need it.”

The addition of hospice services highlights Wexner Medical Center’s commitment to improving healthcare delivery by expanding its continuum of care.