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End-of-Life Conversations Program Scheduled
September 24, 2014
oin us on October 9th for an end-of-life conversations program. This conversation will be held from 5-7 pm at Adams County Regional Medical Center. This is chance to connect with patients in a way that truly helps them and can transform the nature of the physician-patient relationship to be more satisfying and meaningful.

Click here for the flyer or here for a more detailed brochures of the program. Please RSVP by October 2nd by calling Hospice of Hope at 800-928-4243 or by calling Socials Services at Adams County Regional Medical Center at 877-544-5571.


Golf Cart Poker Run Benefits Hospice of
Hope Ohio Valley
August 19, 2014
he White Oak Creek Marina & Campground recently held a Golf Cart Poker Run with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. The campers & boaters raised over $12,000 during the one day event! Mike Minnick, event organizer & owner of the campground, said “We do something like this each year for a family or individual in need. This year, someone suggested hospice & since most of us have had a personal experience with it, we thought that was a great idea.” “And we wanted to make sure the dollars raised went to our local hospice, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.” In the past 6 years, the campground has raised nearly $50,000 for those in need. The event consists of golf carts going from camper to camper, purchasing homemade food and drinks and concludes at the shelter house overlooking the river with a raffle & live auction.

“We are so thankful for groups like this! I was amazed when Mike called to give me to final total.” said Erin Richmond, Public Relations Coordinator for Hospice of Hope. “All proceeds will stay in Brown County to benefit the patients & families in our program.” Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is a non-profit organization which has served our community for over 26 years. For more information, please call 1.800.928.4848 .


National Healthcare Decisions Day 2015. Have you Made Your Decision?
February 26, 2015
ational Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) is April 16th, the date set aside each year to encourage everybody over age 18 to discuss and plan ahead of a serious illness. Have you made your decision and completed your Advance Directive? All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves. These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms: A "healthcare power of attorney" documents the person(s) you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself. Also this can be called a “living will” to better direct what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

Experts say only about 20-30% of Americans have completed an advance directive even though all people age 18 and older should have one. The National Healthcare Decisions Day is used and an awareness event to increase the number of Americans who complete their advance directive/living will. To find our more log onto www.nhdd.org or call a Hospice of Hope Social Worker at 606-759-4050.


Volunteer Department Wins Creative Arts Contest
August 18, 2014
he Volunteer Department is proud to announce that Hospice of Hope is this year’s winner of the NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care) Creative Arts Contest! Our picture entitled “Sweet Snuggles” was chosen as the first place winner in the young patient category! Special thanks to our wonderful pet therapy team Tom and Shirley Josche and their adorable therapy dogs Cupcake and Shadow for giving their time and talents so selflessly to our cause. They are truly wonderful people with a beautiful story to tell and I encourage everyone to stop and meet them if you get the chance. If anyone is interested in becoming part of our pet therapy program, feel free to join us the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Room here in the Maysville office.


Family Testimonial / June Roe
July 30, 2014
he attached letter of support is from a letter published in the 7/30 edition of Ledger Independent. Thanks Roe family for your kinds words of support.


Memory Bear Workshop
July 25, 2014
ospice of Hope is offering a Memory Bear Workshop for anyone grieving a loss of a loved one.  These will be offered in our Maysville office on September 13th from 10:00 until 3:00 and in our Mt. Orab office on September 20th also 10:00 until 3:00.   Please call Peg Lynch 800-928-4243 for more information.


Hike for Hope Scheduled
July 28, 2014
ave the date for this year’s Hike for Hope scheduled Sunday, October 5th beginning at Merchant’s National Bank in Mt. Orab. This 2-mile walk or run through the streets of Mt. Orab is designed for all ages and experience. Registration begins at 2pm with hike at 3pm. See attached flyer for prices and additional information.


Memory Bear Workshop
July 7, 2014
ospice of Hope will offer their 2014 Memory Bear Workshop on September 13th at their Maysville office and September 20th at their Mt. Orab office (both will take place from 10am-2pm).

Making a bear will give you the opportunity to use your loved one’s clothing and create a tangible memory, rather than just an emotional or mental memory. Find a meaningful piece of fabric and turn it into a keepsake with the help of our staff and in the care of our trained bereavement professionals. This can serve as a keepsake for yourself or for other family members as a gift from you.

This work shop is free and open to the public. For more information click here for the flyer or call Peg Lunch at 800-928-4243 to register.


FHSSA 5K Run / 2 Mile Walk
April 30, 2014
n Saturday , June 14th Hospice of Hope will be conducting the 4th annual FHSSA 5K Run with a 2 mile walk. Registration prior to May 30th and the fee will only be $15 dollars with a $20 charge the day of the race. Run/Walk will take place at the Limestone Landing in Maysville with race day registration at 8am and the run/walk beginning at 9am. For more information or to register contact Donna Kasik at 759-4050. Click here for a copy of the registration form.


Loss Support Group – Tear Soup Scheduled
April 30, 2014
ospice of Hope will offer “Tear Soup” - a 4-week educational group for individuals who have lost a loved one. The group will meet each Tuesday for four weeks beginning May 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope office on Kenton Station Road. Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. For more information about this group, call Jessica Elie at 800-928-4848. Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available.


Children’s Grief Camp / Mountain Pathway Scheduled
April 18, 2014
ospice of Hope’s annual children’s grief camp, Mountain Pathway, is scheduled for August 5th. This year’s event will be held at Butler Springs Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Hillsboro, OH from 9-5. Moving through the grief process is often difficult. It is like climbing a mountain. Register your child/children for this unique camp designed especially for children who have lost a loved one. Hospice of Hope’s specially-trained bereavement staff will help children navigate their grief process in a safe and fun environment. Campers will have the opportunity to process their grief through sharing, art, and music. Camp is recommended for ages 6-12. For more information and/or to register call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 by June 20th. Click here for a copy of the Mountain Pathway flyer. Hope to see you at camp!


FSSHA Fundraiser: Zandwiches for Zambia
April 9, 2014
s part of our FHSSA (Foundation for Hospice in Sub Saran Africa) commitment, Hospice of Hope is conducting a Fundraiser on April 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm. Zandwiches for Zambia is bagged lunch to help raise funds for our African Hospice Partner. For $6.00 you will receive a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, chips, pickle spear, and cookie. To order call Jessica at 606-759-4050 or Ashley at 606-584-1697. To fax an order, Click here and fill out the form and fax to 606-759-1207. All orders must be received by 10:00 on April 25th.


Pinning Ceremony at Robertson County Health Care Facility
April 9, 2014
obertson County Health Care Facility in conjunction with Hospice of Hope recently held a pinning ceremony at the facility to honor their veteran residents. Each veteran resident was presented with a pin & were given a plaque with their name & their respected branch in which they served. Hospice of Hope wishes to thank all veterans past & present for their service.


Not Just Another Race
February 13, 2014
or some of us, a year is just another year. For others, events take place in a year’s time that can change a person’s life. For Alissa Ross-Marks, daughter of Hillsboro dentist Dr. Robert Ross, thinking back to one year ago brings a special remembrance & heartache just the same. One year ago Alissa’s mother, Michelle Ross, lost her 13-year battle to cancer.

“Mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. I’m not a doctor or a researcher and I wasn’t going to find a cure for cancer”, Marks said. “But I knew I couldn’t just sit around & do nothing.” So Marks found her answer by doing endurance events for charity to raise money and awareness to honor her mom’s struggle & battle with cancer. The proudest moment in Marks’ life was having her mom there to watch her finish Ironman Lake Placid in 2012, completely decked out with “AMarks” gear and signs.

A few months after her mother’s passing, Marks decided to start training for the Dublin Ireland Marathon. Alissa is no stranger to endurance events, but this one proved to be one of the most challenging yet. Why? Because this time instead of racing in her mother Michelle Ross’ honor, as she had done so many times in the past, she would run in her memory.

In addition to Marks making the decision to run, she also wanted to raise funds for the organization that provided comfort and support to her mom & family when they needed it most, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. “I wanted to give back to those individuals who took such amazing care of my mom in her final days”, Marks said. “We knew we were facing the end stages of her life, but Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley provided us with the comfort and support we needed during that time and even now, nearly a year later”.

Marks completed the race in the fall and raised nearly $4,700 in her efforts for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. “Just like all my races in the past, I’m certain my mom was watching me as I crossed the finish line… and I hope she was proud.”


Charity Gala Concludes
December 23, 2013
his past November Hospice of Hope coordinated its annual Charity Gala at the Cox Building in Maysville. More than 170 guests attended this formal fundraiser to help support end-of-life care. Featured during the evening was the comedy of Rich Ragains and the music of the Craig Wilson Trio. During the fundraiser guests had opportunities to bid on silent auctions gifts, enjoy a fantastic meal and help to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hospice of Hope. With corporate sponsorships, general admission tickets and proceeds from the silent auction, Hospice of Hope was able to raise in excess of $21,000 for the event. Click here to see the thank you ad that ran in the Ledger Independent. Thanks to all who supported the annual charity gala.


Cornhole and Dart Tournament Scheduled
April 5, 2014
he 27th annual Tony Poe Memorial Cornhole and Dart Tournament is scheduled for April 26th. Event will take place at O'Rourkes Pub with sign up at 2pm. Food will be provided to all participants. Click here to learn how to sign and for additional information.


Mt. Orab Office Hosting Blood Drive
April 4, 2014
oxworth Blood Center and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley will be conducting a scheduled blood drive on April 14th at our Mt. Orab office located at 215 Hughes Blvd. To register or to request more information call Gary Woebkenberg with the Hoxworth Blood center at 513-558-1283 or 800-265-1515.


he 27th annual Tony Poe Memorial Cornhole / Dart Tournament is scheduled for April 26th. Event will take place at O'Rourkes Pub with sign up at 2pm. Food will be provided to all participants. Click here for more information.


Remembering Ernie Hillenmeyer
April 3, 2014
uring his 92 years, Ernest B. Hillenmeyer Jr. lived by the motto his father instilled during his boyhood on their Lexington farm : “Be honest, and be of service to your community.” Hillenmeyer embodied that creed through the many decades and facets of his life, each guided by love of God, family and his community. Hillenmeyer, former president of Parker Tobacco Company and leader in Catholic church and civic affairs, died April 3, 2014, at the age of 92, at Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness.

The World War II veteran helped establish Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville and Hospice of Hope, which provides end-of-life care and through which, as its first chaplain, he ministered to patients. In 1985, he was ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Diocese of Covington's first class of men to enter the permanent diaconate and served his parish at St. Patrick Church, Maysville, along with St. James Church in Brooksville, where he was pastoral associate from 1998 to 2002. Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, where Hillenmeyer was the first layman to chair the board of trustees, awarded him an honorary doctorate in may 2013 for his lifetime of leadership and volunteerism. Click here for the entire article on the life of Ernest B. Hillenmeyer Jr.


Liz Bonis with Channel 12 in Cincinnati Interviews Patient
April 2, 2014
pecial thanks to Liz Bonis and Channel 12 (WKRC) in Cincinnati for providing a great human interest story. Advance Directives are very important in helping to determine end-of-life wishes. Click here to see the recent interview.


Organization Receives Prestigious Honors Award
April 2, 2014
ospice of Hope has been named a 2014 Hospice Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing hospices providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver. Established by Deyta, a national  surveying organization, this prestigious annual honor recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results from more than 1,700 partnering hospice agencies contained in Deyta’s FEHC database with an evaluation period of October 2012 through September 2013. Deyta identified Hospice Honors recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of eighteen satisfaction indicator measures. The set of questions included only indicator measures, omitting qualifying, leader and demographic questions. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national average score calculated from Deyta’s FEHC database.


Important Notice to Our Community
March 30, 2014
ospice of Hope would like to alert our community to possible misleading hospice solicitations via letter or phone calls.  These deceptive solicitations look official and appear to be coming in the name of Hospice Fund of America.  We are concerned our patients and families may confuse this entity with Hospice of Hope, Inc. Hospice of Hope is a legitimate 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the IRS, and does not make phone calls to solicit funds from individuals, nor do we hire commissioned fundraisers or anyone else to do this on our behalf. If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a donation request you receive, we strongly encourage you to check with Michael Parker, Director of Public Relations and Development at 606/759-4050.


Loss Support Group Offered
January 31, 2014
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley will offer “Healing the Grieving Heart” - a 4-week educational group for those who have lost a spouse or partner. The group will meet each Tuesday for 4 weeks beginning March 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, Mt. Orab.

Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. Finally, come to make new connections and enjoy fellowship with others. To register, call Melissa Roby at 800-928-4243.

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available.


Art of Hope, Art Series
January 31, 2014
ospice of Hope invites you to come and create healing art with the guidance of local artists. Express your grief through the creative process of making meaningful and healing artwork. No art experience is necessary! It’s not about the product, but the creative process of expressing your grief. Enjoy the process, the company of others, and tuning in creatively.

Workshops include memory making activities, photography, pottery, creative writing, and making silk sun catchers. Workshops begin in February.

The art series will culminate with an Art of Hope showing on June 12, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cox Gallery located in the Cox Building at 3rd & Market Streets in downtown Maysville.

Any individual or group may submit healing creative artwork for the art show, regardless of whether you attend the series. Other forms of art could include quilting, knitting, wood carving, jewelry making, etc.

To register, call Peg Lynch at 800.928.4243. There is no charge to attend workshops.

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available.


Leadership Horizons Explores Health & Human
Services Day
January 24, 2014
he 2013-2014 Leadership Horizons class had a full agenda for their monthly session which took place on Thursday, January 9th. The sessions focus was on health and human services within our Buffalo Trace District. The day began at Fleming County Hospital where the diverse group of community leaders were treated to a wonderful breakfast which included a presentation by hospital CEO, David Faulkner. The group was also given an enlightening tour of the hospital campus including the Sleep Lab and the new X-Ray room. The eventful day then moved onto the Women's Crisis Center (WCC) whom provided an in-depth tour of their facility. Leadership Horizon participants were impressed by the numbers of lives touched by the WCC; it was evident what an impact the center has on those that utilize the facility. As part the group’s initiative to show its support to the community, Leadership Horizon members presented the center with donations of household items at their visit.

The day continued with a new addition to the Health & Human Services Day agenda, as the group visited Kenton Pointe Assisted Living and the Care Center at Kenton Pointe, both entities of the non-profit organization, Hospice of Hope. At this beautiful new community addition the group was treated to a delicious lunch, tours of the facility and a rundown of services provided to its residents/patients. PrimaryPlus and its trademarked LEAP program were also on-hand at Kenton Pointe to provide free health screenings to leadership participants.

The final stop of the day came with a visit to Meadowview Regional Medical Center (MRMC). The Leadership Horizon’s group was provided with a thorough tour of the facilities including seeing many of the new upgrades and expansion projects completed by the community hospital. Robert Parker, CEO of MRMC closed the tour with an overview of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for citizens of our region.

The 2013-2014 Leadership Horizons class includes Amber Barbour, Brandon Bettinger, Tom Birt, Linda Brown, Andrea Calland, Rebecca Cartmell, Brande Doyle, Jerrid Hall, Cody Hazelrigg, Chris Horne, Robin Hutchinson, Alexander Hyrcza, Angie Ishmael, Tara McCarty, Melanie Mineer, Randy Newberry, Jason Planck, Angie Potter, Tim Pugh, Rick Sidwell, Mike Smith, Sean Stewart and Gena Turner. Co-sponsors of the Health & Human Services Day, many of whom are graduates of Leadership Horizons, included Joyce Fidler of Fleming County Hospital; Tracy McGuire of PrimaryPlus; and Pam Tribby, Michael Parker, Katherine Rose and Dana Latham of Hospice of Hope.


Employees Support FHSSA
December 23, 2013
uring a recent internal donor drive, employees helped to raise money for the FHSSA initiative. FHSSA (Foundation for Hospices is Sub Saharan Africa) is a program that Hospice of Hope committed to in 2011 in conjunction with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As part of the FHSSA partnership, Hospice of Hope has joined the movement as a supporting contributor for a hospice in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our partner is the Cicetekelo Hospice and is located in Ndola, Zambia. This hospice was formed in 1996 and has served over 2,700 patients since the beginning. At present, over 80 hospice partners from organizations across the U.S. provide resources to advocate for and assist in the provision of quality, compassionate hospice and palliative care in multiple African countries. In combination with this recent internal employee donor drive and our annual FHSSA 5K run, we will have raised over $1,500 to help support this global initiative.


Hope for Holidays Workshops
October 22, 2013
ach fall, workshops are scheduled in Hospice of Hope's Kentucky and Ohio service areas to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

Join us for “Hope for the Holidays” - a workshop designed to give you strategies for managing your grief during the holidays. Workshops will be held on November 10 at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab at 2:00 p.m., and at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville on November 17 at 2:00 p.m. Come join us to share ideas, learn coping strategies, and discover ways to remember and honor your loved ones throughout the holiday season. We will make a remembrance ornament for you to take home. This workshop is free and open to the community. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to attend with you.

In addition to workshops offered by Hospice of Hope, holiday memorial services are held in Bracken and Pendleton counties. For more information on memorial services, or to register for the Hope for the Holidays workshop, call Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.


Volunteer Training Scheduled
October 22, 2013
ooking to make a difference? Hospice of Hope is offering volunteer training for those willing to donate their time and talents on Thursday, October 24th from 2:00-5:00 at our Maysville office location. This program is FREE of charge with food & refreshments provided. Volunteers are a vital part of the mission at Hospice of Hope. Whether you can donate several hours a week or just occasionally offer assistance when you have some time it’s up to you. We are looking for volunteers to help out in the office, offer beside assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments or just a general helping hand. If you are interested or would like more information on how you can volunteer call, Ashley Pirtle at 800-928-4848.


Hikers Brave the Weather to Support Hospice of Hope
October 14, 2013
ver 150 walkers & runners came out for the annual “Hike for Hope” which took place Sunday, October 6th beginning & ending at Merchants National Bank in Mt. Orab. The torrential rains & less than desirable weather conditions didn’t stop participants from walking or running in memory of loved one(s) or to show support for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley which has provided hospice care in our community for over 25 years.

Erin Richmond, Hospice of Hope representative & Hike coordinator said, “It literally started sprinkling just as the Hike got underway. By the time most participants arrived to the turnaround (Western Brown High School), it was a total downpour and remained that way until participants returned back to Merchants Bank”.

For many, the Hike represented a particularly special significance. Emily Jackson ran in memory of her grandmother, who passed away one year ago. Jackson was quoted saying “(to her grandmother in Heaven) Thank you for having God send down some rain today… It was refreshing to feel during the run and represented the tears that I've held in all week.” Nearly 60 memory lane signs were purchased, a way for participants to memorialize the loss of a loved one along the Hike route. Even a Hospice of Hope patient came out to observe & cheer on the faithful staff members who come to her house to care for each week. “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world”, she said.

Despite the very wet weather conditions, the Hike for Hope hit a record high this year raising nearly $7,000 for end-of-life care! “We are extremely thrilled with the outcome,” Richmond said.

A special thanks to our event sponsors, our supporters and those that provided in-kind support for this annual event. Log onto Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley’s Facebook page to see comments and pictures form the hike. Look for details about next year’s race in early 2014.


FHSSA 5K Walk/Run
September 24, 2013
ospice of Hope’s annual FHSSA 5K walk/run, benefiting our sister hospice in Ndola, Zambia, will be held on Saturday, October 5th. The event will leave Limestone Landing in Downtown Maysville at 9am. The registration fee is $20 per person and includes a logo T shirt. Trophies and medals are awarded to our top runners and walkers. Free professional massages available when the run/walk is over. Many people walk the 2 miles rather than run the 5 K, so if you are not a runner, please come out anyway!

All proceeds benefit our sister hospice in Ndola, Zambia, the Cicetekelo Home. This year we are sponsored by Meadowview Regional Hospital, Brell Funeral Home, Knox and Bros. Funeral Home, and Edward Jones/Chris Haney. Call Donna Kasik at 759-4050 for more information.


Volunteer Training Dates Scheduled
Septemberr 24, 2013
ooking to make a difference? Hospice of Hope is offering volunteer training for those willing to donate their time and talents on Tuesday, September 24th from 9:30-12:30 at our Mt. Orab office location and then again on Tuesday, October 1st from 2:00-5:00, at our Maysville location. Both programs are FREE of charge with food & refreshments provided. Volunteers are a vital part of the mission at Hospice of Hope. Whether you can donate several hours a week or just occasionally offer assistance when you have some time it’s up to you. We are looking for volunteers to help out in the office, offer beside assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments or just a general helping hand. If you are interested or would like more information on how you can volunteer call, Ashley Pirtle at 800-928-4848.

Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator
September 23, 2013
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Pirtle as the new Volunteer Coordinator.

Pirtle hails from Tennessee and comes to us from Morehead, Ky., where she worked with the regional homeless shelter. Pirtle truly loves working with volunteers to help those in need. If you have been thinking of volunteering, please consider attending a training session to learn more about what Hospice volunteers do and to meet her.

Hospice of Hope volunteers graciously donate their time to help others. Volunteer activities may include companionship visits in the home, hospice care center or nursing home, sewing, clerical duties, phone calls, fundraising, yard work or gardening, baking treats for patients, reading to or sitting with a patient.

Hospice of Hope will be offering two volunteer trainings in the next few weeks. If you are interested in giving of your time or talents to help terminally ill patients and their families in our area, please make plans to attend. These sessions will provide you with more information about volunteering, but no commitment is required. The trainings will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mt. Orab office at 215 Hughes Blvd. or Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 2-5 p.m. in the Maysville office at 909 Kenton Station Drive.

Please RSVP by calling Pirtle at 800-928-4848 or emailing at volunteer@hohope.org

Honoring America's Veterans
We Honor Veterans Program Helping Hospices Better Care for Veterans
November 8, 2011
t surprises many Americans to learn that 25 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are Veterans. That's 1,800 people a day; more than 680,000 Veteran deaths every year. As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, November 11, it's important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care at the end of life's journey.

An innovative program, We Honor Veterans, is helping healthcare professionals honor our Veterans. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs launched We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign to help improve the care dying Veterans receive from the nation's hospice and palliative care providers. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, hospice and palliative care providers are able to accompany and guide these men and women towards a more peaceful ending. For Veterans who experienced combat service or other trauma, this can be particularly important as experiences from the past may resurface at the end of life. “All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces. Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life,” said J. Donald Schumacher `NHPCO president and CEO. “It is time that we step up and acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.”

More than 1,000 hospice organizations across the country, Including Hospice of Hope, have joined We Honor Veterans and are increasing their skills and capacity for serving Veterans. Activities range from utilizing a military history checklist at admission, recognition events like pinning ceremonies and certificate presentations, to outreach to other community organizations. Additionally, WHV is helping hospices work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities. As we celebrate our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day – and every day of the year – we must not forget that it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home. Learn more at www.WeHonorVeterans.org.



Hike for Hope Scheduled
August 14, 2013
ospice of Hope’s Hike for Hope is scheduled for Sunday, October 6. This fundraiser is a three-mile walk or run through the streets of Mt. Orab and is open to all experience levels. The route begins at Merchant’s National Bank in Mt. Orab, then through Main Street, followed by a loop at Western Brown High School, and finally circling back to the beginning. Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. with the hike starting at 3:00 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for children 18 and under, and $25 for families. Cost includes event t-shirts while supplies last.

As part of the event, we will be featuring a “Memory Lane” memorial. For $5 we will include a sign in honor or memory of your loved one(s) along the path during the event. We ask that you contact Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley for more information on how to have your loved one remembered during this event. To learn more about Hospice of Hope or the Hike for Hope call Erin Richmond at 800-928-4243.

Click here for event flyer.

Memory Bear Workshop
August 14, 2013
ospice of Hope invites you and your family to our Memory Bear Workshop. This free memory bear workshop will provide you with the opportunity to make a bear out of an article of clothing that belonged to your loved one. The memory bear will be special to you as it will be made from a favorite t-shirt, uniform, blanket, or even a gown. Use your imagination!

Making a bear will give you the opportunity to use your loved one’s clothing and create a tangible memory, rather than just an emotional or mental memory. Find a meaningful piece of fabric and turn it into a keepsake with the help of our staff and in the care of our trained bereavement professionals. This can serve as a keepsake for yourself or for other family members as a gift from you. You will need your favorite article of clothing and a spool of thread to match your fabric. All other supplies and a light lunch will be provided.

Two workshops are being offered at no charge - Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope Maysville office, and Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab. If you plan to attend, or would like information on Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups, please call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.


Hospice of Hope to Host Workshops
August 14, 2013
n Friday, August 23, Hospice of Hope will collaborate with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work to present two workshops at the Maysville office.

“Domestic Violence: Assessment, Interventions and Your Legal Duties” will be presented by Deborah Weber, LCSW, DCSW from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The training will focus on understanding ways to prevent and intervene in cases of domestic violence. This workshop is excellent for any professional in the field of nursing, social work, home care, or hospice work.

“Social Work Practices and Ethical Considerations” will be presented by Kimberly Budig, LCSW, LISW, from 1-4 p.m. Through case discussions, lecture and small group activities, participants will discuss ethical decision-making in social work practice. Special emphasis will be placed on dual relationships, confidentiality, informed consent, and maintenance of records.

3.0 hours of continuing education for each session will be available for licensed KY and OH social workers. For more information call Hospice of Hope at 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848, or register online at www.uksocialworkonline.com.


Big Sandy Charity Bonanza
August 14, 2013
ig Sandy Superstore in Maysville is having a special Charity Bonanza sale on August 18th from 5-8pm. The larger donation you make to Hospice of Hope the greater savings you will earn on bedding and furniture. Support Hospice of Hope this Sunday.

See attached flyer for details.

Art Exhibit is Set For Opening
June 11, 2013
ospice of Hope Art Exhibit will open on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Cox Gallery in downtown Maysville from 6:30 until 8:30p.m. This art exhibit is the culmination of Hospice of Hopes art Series: Art of Hope, Expressions of Grief. Local artist and Hospice grief counselors collaborated to facilitate a series of workshops in which the participants could express their grief through various forms of art. These forms included: Memory Making Activities, Clay, Photography, Drawing/creative writing, and Mosaic Garden Memory stones. Also submitted were Masks completed by children who had participated in grief groups at a local intermediate school. Community grievers who did not participate in the workshops were also invited to submit their art work.

Participants in the workshop shared that creative arts helped them to express emotions that are hard to put into words. Creative arts can also assist in helping to find insight into grief and assist in feelings of empowerment and capability. Art is also enjoyable and can be a welcome relief from your overwhelming grief, as well as provide relaxation and a way to find inner peace and calm.

Local artists from the Ohio River Valley Art Guild and Augusta Art Guild have been instrumental in bringing this program from a dream into a reality. Without their compassionate involvement this program would not have been possible. Beyond their artistic support they allowed us to use ORVAG’s studio in Old Washington and exhibit the art work at the Cox Gallery. We also would like to recognize the family of Sandra Columbia Moss for their substantial donation of art supplies. Hospice of Hope’s Grief Department is appreciative of every ones hard work and dedication to this project.

We encourage the community to attend the exhibit opening on June 13th. Fathead Davis will be providing the music and there will be light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of June. It provides excellent awareness to the benefits of expressing grief through the arts. For more information about this program please feel free to contact Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4848.


2013 Caregiver Seminar
June 3, 2013
ospice of Hope and the Buffalo Trace Family Caregiver Support Program will present their annual Caregiver Seminar, “Congestive Heart Failure – Make Every Beat Count!” The seminar will be held June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hospice of Hope’s Maysville office.

Speakers for the seminar are Ashley Crabtree, Ohio Valley Heart; and Amber Ishmael, Respiratory Therapist. Discussion will include the progression of CHF, how it is managed, the decline in patient status, care options, benefits of cardiac rehab, signs and symptoms, and treatment options.

This seminar is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended. A light dinner will be provided. To register call 564-6894 by June 3.


Art of Hope Exhibit
June 3, 2013
ospice of Hope will host an art exhibit as part of the Art of Hope Series on June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cox Gallery in downtown Maysville. This art exhibit will showcase expressions of grief through art. Healing artwork was created with the guidance of local artists. This show provides awareness for expressing grief through the creative process of making meaningful and healing artwork. Several forms of art will be exhibited, including memory making, photography, clay and found objects, drawing and creative writing, and mosaic memory stones.

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.


Hospice of Hope Employees Receive State Awards
May 13, 2013
left to right: Jessica Elie, Melisa Roby, Kavin Cartmell, Peg Lynch

arlier this month at the annual Kentucky Hospice and Palliative Care (KAHPC) state conference, Hospice of Hope’s employees were recognized for leadership and innovative programs. Each year, KAHPC recognizes individuals throughout the state in a variety of categories whereas Hospice of Hope employees received three awards at the luncheon.

Hospice of Hope’s Bereavement Counseling team (Peg Lynch, Melissa Roby and Jessica Elie) was awarded the State Innovation Award for their creation and efforts with the “Art of Hope” series. This new art series allows participants to choose from a variety of specialized healing art workshops to better express their individual grief. The series concludes with a community art exhibit showcasing participant’s work.

The Distinguished Leader Award was given to Shawn Flaugher, Business Manager for Hospice of Hope. Over the past 20 years, Shawn has provided his services and leadership skills to multiple financial and IT support functions. He has been instrumental in implementing efficient and cost-saving IT innovations that ultimately yield higher quality hospice care. Shawn has also played an important financial role with his accounting expertise and national benchmarking efforts.

The last award of the evening was presented to Hospice of Hope’s Executive Director, Kavin Cartmell, RN, who received the 2013 KAHPC Pioneer Award. This award recognizes individual efforts in the advancement of the hospice industry. Over the last two decades, Kavin has shown outstanding leadership within the state and national hospice industry. Her exceptional industry vision and dedication to quality has allowed Hospice of Hope to expand programs and services over the years.



Spring Memorial Services Scheduled
April 22, 2013
ospice of Hope’s annual Spring Memorial Services have been scheduled for both Kentucky and Ohio. Please join us for an occasion to remember and honor your loved ones with inspirational music, words of comfort, and a way to find understanding while discovering new friends. This year’s dates are:

Sunday, April; 28th
2:00pm
Hospice of Hope Mt. Orab Office

Sunday, May 5th
2:00pm
Bracken County (location to be announced)

Sunday, May 19th
2:00pm
Hospice of Hope Maysville, KY Office

Memorial services are free and open to the community with refreshments following.
Contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 to reserve seating.



Hospice of Hope to Host Parent's Legacy Luncheon
March 19, 2013
n Saturday, April 6th from Noon to 2:00pm Hospice of Hope will host a Parent's Legacy Luncheon as an occasion to remember and honor parents or other influential people in our lives. Liz Bonis, anchor and health reporter for WKRC television in Cincinnati, will be the guest speaker. If interested in attending, please contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 by March 22nd, as seating is limited. There is no charge for the luncheon; however, donations are accepted. Click here for event flyer.



Hospice of Hope to Host HFA Grief Teleconference
February 06, 2013
ospice of Hope will serve as the host site for Hospice Foundation of America's 20th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference, "Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness" viewed nationwide via DVD on the following dates.

Hospice of Hope (Maysville office) on April 18 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley (Mt. Orab office) on April 25, 2011 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The 2013 teleconference is designed to assist end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families.

Three hours of continuing education will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, counselors, home health aides, and other professionals. To register, or for more information, call Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.



National Social Work Month
February 06, 2013
arch is National Social Work Month, and Hospice of Hope is proud to recognize the contributions and devotion of its social workers who play such an important role in hospice care.

“It's important that, as hospice caregivers, we provide comfort in the physiological as well as the emotional sense,” said Hospice of Hope Executive Director Kavin Cartmell. “Hospice of Hope social workers walk every step of the hospice journey with patients and their families. They offer a shoulder to cry on, emotional support, and assistance with planning, all of which are crucial during such a difficult time.”

A large part of the social worker's role is listening to patients' and family members' stories, helping them understand the end-of-life process, providing counseling and supporting them emotionally during that journey. Additionally, social workers assess the needs of patients' loved ones, including respite. They can assist with funeral planning and with finding legal assistance to help with advance directives (living wills and medical power of attorney documents) and child custody arrangements. They can also help families find resources to meet financial needs.

In addition, Hospice of hope grief counselors facilitate individual counseling sessions, grief support groups and other helpful programs throughout the year. “We thank our social workers for the good they do every day. It truly makes a difference,” Cartmell said.



It's Time to Fill the Bus
February 06, 2013
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley and The Laurels of Blanchester are collaborating to collect non-perishable food donations for those in need in the Clinton County area. We will “Fill the Bus” on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th from 2pm-6pm at Kroger in Blan. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Blanchester Food Pantry. If you would like to donate any non-perishable food items and have your name entered to WIN a Honey Baked Ham, please bring donations to either the Maysville office, Mt. Orab Office or stop by Blanchester Kroger on Thursday, Feb. 14th!

**Please have all donations (non-perishables or monetary) to the offices by Wednesday, Feb. 13th. If you donate something, be sure to leave your name on a ticket with your goods so you can be entered into the drawing. Thank you in advance for your donation(s)!



Dine to Donate
January 30, 2013
top by Applebee’s on Friday, February 15th to participate in their next ‘Dine to Donate’ fundraiser. Proceeds from this day will benefit Hospice of Hope’s international FHSSA mission. FHSSA (Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Sarahan Africa) is a partnership, Hospice of Hope has embraced.

Our partner is the Cicetekelo Hospice and is located in Ndola, Zambia. This hospice was formed in 1996 and has served over 2,700 patients since the beginning. At present, over 80 hospice partners from organizations across the U.S. provide resources to advocate for and assist in the provision of quality, compassionate hospice and palliative care in multiple African countries. Click here for the Fundraiser Flyer or here to learn more about FHSSA.



Hospice of Hope Makes the List Two Straight Years
February 23, 2013
ospice of Hope was recently recognized as one of the best places to work in Kentucky. The Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (KYSHRM), in conjunction with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, recently announced the finalists in the Ninth Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition. Winners from across the state were selected in two categories: small/medium-sized employer (companies of 25 to 249 U.S. employees) and large-sized employer (companies of 250 U.S. employees or greater). Hospice of Hope is classified as a small/medium size employer. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company's employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope added, “We are humbled by the notification that we will again make the list. I couldn’t be prouder of our organization and the mission that drives us all”.

Final rankings will be announced at a banquet in April. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.



18th Annual Bowl-A-Thon
January 30, 2013
he 18th annual Hospice of Hope Bowl-A-Thon has been scheduled for Saturday February 16th. As always, this event will be held at T&C Bowling Alley in Aberdeen Ohio. This year's ‘one-day’ event will start at 2:30pm with registration at 2:00pm. The cost is $20 per person and includes 3 games, shoes, your ball, and a drink/chip ticket. Each lane can accommodate up to six guests.

Back by popular demand again this year will be colored head pins where you have a chance for special prizes each frame. Also available is our memory wall where you can honor your loved one for only a dollar donation. Come join us for a fun day of bowing, music, raffle and silent auctions this February 16th. Call T&C Bowling Alley at 937-795-2153 to reserve your lane today as space is limited.



Introducing “Art of Hope” Expressions of Grief
December 7, 2012
ave you signed up for Hospice of Hope's new Art Series: Expressions of Grief? If not, we invite you to come and create healing art with the guidance of local artists. Express your grief through the creative process of making meaningful and healing artwork. No art experience necessary! It’s not about the product, but the creative process of expressing your grief.

Half-day workshops beginning this January include: Memory Making Activities, Photography, Clay & Found Objects, Drawing/Creative Writing, and Mosaic Garden Memory Stone. Creative arts can help you express emotions that are hard to put into words. It also allows you to express the extreme emotion of anger and pain in a safe manner. Creative arts can give you a feeling of empowerment, capability, and freedom that your grief may have robbed from you, along with the ability to create beauty or find hope amidst tragedy is life affirming. Through art, you can better understand yourself and help bring closure to your grief.

Enjoy the process, the company of others, and tuning in creatively. Registration deadline is December 28th with classes beginning this January. Workshops are open and “Free to the Public.” To find out more about the classes such as times and location, or to register call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243. Expressions of Grief… My Heart Takes My Art where it Wants to go! Click here for the brochure with times and locations.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.



National Hospice & Palliative Care Month
October 30, 2012
ospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that Hospice of Hope is sharing with the community during National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. However, this message lasts beyond the month of November and is important all year round.

“Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness is not easy. In fact, it might be the hardest work you’ll ever do. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of your family can be overwhelming,” said Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director. “We want the community to know that there’s help available that brings comfort, love and respect when they’re most needed.”

Hospice care is different than traditional healthcare services. Hospice of Hope provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that is so important for patients and family caregivers coping with serious and life-limiting illness.

“We're working hard all year round to make sure people know the full range of services that we provide in the community,” added Cartmell. “Yet during November, we ramp up our efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care that's available. In fact, that’s the message behind this year’s Hospice Month theme: Comfort, Love, Respect.”

Every year, more than 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Information about hospice care is available from Hospice of Hope by calling 800-928-4848 or by visiting our website at www.hospiceofhope.org.



Hospice of Hope to Host Hope for the Holidays Workshops
October 30, 2012
ach fall, workshops are scheduled in Hospice of Hope's Kentucky and Ohio service areas to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

Join us for “Hope for the Holidays” – a workshop designed to give you strategies for managing your grief during the holidays. Workshops will be held on November 11 at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab at 2:00 p.m.; and at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville on November 18 at 2:00 p.m. Come join us to share ideas, learn coping strategies, and discover ways to remember and honor your loved ones throughout the holiday season. We will make a remembrance ornament for you to take home. This workshop is free and open to the community. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to attend with you.

In addition to workshops offered by Hospice of Hope, holiday memorial services are held in Bracken and Pendleton counties. For more information on memorial services, or to register for the Hope for the Holidays workshop, call Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.



Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program Launched
September 11, 2012
ospice of Hope has recently launched a unique volunteer program catered toward serving our veteran patients! The “Veteran to Veteran” program is a way to address the fact that at the end of life, our nation's heroes may face different issues from other patients. In order for Hospice of Hope to continue to provide the best possible care to our veteran patients, we are relying on veterans in the community to volunteer as companions to our veteran patients. If you would like to be a volunteer (veteran or otherwise), please contact Davina Cooper at (800) 928-4848 or dnewton@hohope.org. The first Veteran to Veteran volunteer training will be held on Wednesday, September 19th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.





The Hike for Hope is Only a Month Away!
September 7, 2012
he Hike for Hope is only one month away, and it’s not too early to start the registration process! To participate in the hike, download this registration form and mail it and your payment to our office in Mt. Orab. You could even get a team of coworkers, church or club members, or classmates together to compete! Just remember, the deadline is October 1, 2012 in order to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!

You can also consider buying a sign for “Memory Lane” in honor or memory of a loved one. This is a wonderful option for those who want to support Hospice of Hope – Ohio Valley, but are unable to participate in the Hike for Hope. The signs will be displayed in the lawn of Western Brown High School, the turning point in the hike. We must receive your order form and payment by October 1, 2012 in order to have your sign ready by the event

Contact Fundraising Coordinator Ellen Cartmell at ecartmell@hohope.org for more information about the Hike for Hope, “Memory Lane,” and other upcoming events!

Click here for a Hike 4 Hope registration form.

Click here for a Memory Lane order form.



2nd Annual 5K for FHSSA to Help Zambian Hospice
August 15, 2012
aturday, October 6th is the set date for the 2nd Annual 5K for FHSSA, the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa! For a small entry fee, participants will have the option to run a 5K race, or join a 2 mile walk. Both events will begin promptly at 9:00 am, at Limestone Landing in downtown Maysville. To register, please contact Donna Kasik, at (606) 759-4050.

Proceeds will benefit FHSSA and Hospice of Hope's partner, the Cicetekelo Hospice, which is located in Ndola, Zambia. The Cicetekelo Hospice was founded in 1996 and has served nearly 3,000 patients. Currently, over 80 hospices in the United States are providing resources to their counterparts in African countries, through FHSSA. Hospice of Hope helps advocate for and assist in the provision of quality, compassionate hospice and palliative care. For more information about FHSSA, please visit www.fhssa.org.

Click here for a registration form.

Click here for an event flyer.



Arroyo, Hospice of Hope Grant Patient Wish
Mt. Orab, OH - August 10, 2012
ospice of Hope and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo recently joined forces to make a dream come true for Mildred Havens of Fayetteville. When Havens' support team at Hospice of Hope learned that their patient was a life-long Reds fan, social worker Jenae Kleemeyer contacted the baseball team’s public relations department, and she was on the phone with Arroyo the following day. The pitcher, who is one of Havens' favorite players, generously welcomed Havens into his home, where they discussed his career. Arroyo then brought out his guitar, delighting Havens by playing a song and singing to her. Havens said the experience “was something I will never forget.”

A Hospice of Hope staff member reported that Havens was beaming from ear to ear throughout the visit, and loves to share the experience with others. “The kindness and generosity of Bronson opening up is home shows how truly supportive the Cincinnati Reds are of their fans. Hospice of Hope was thrilled to be able to honor this request for our patient,” Kleemeyer shared.

Hospice of Hope is a non-profit organization serving terminally-ill patients in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Havens’ visit was orchestrated as a part of the organizations’ Hopes and Dreams program, to grant patients' last wishes.



2nd Annual 5K for FHSSA to Help Zambian Hospice
August 15, 2012
aturday, October 6th is the set date for the 2nd Annual 5K for FHSSA, the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa! For a small entry fee, participants will have the option to run a 5K race, or join a 2 mile walk. Both events will begin promptly at 9:00 am, at Limestone Landing in downtown Maysville. To register, please contact Donna Kasik, at (606) 759-4050.

Proceeds will benefit FHSSA and Hospice of Hope's partner, the Cicetekelo Hospice, which is located in Ndola, Zambia. The Cicetekelo Hospice was founded in 1996 and has served nearly 3,000 patients. Currently, over 80 hospices in the United States are providing resources to their counterparts in African countries, through FHSSA. Hospice of Hope helps advocate for and assist in the provision of quality, compassionate hospice and palliative care. For more information about FHSSA, please visit www.fhssa.org.



Mountain Pathway Camp Helps Grieving Children
August 10, 2012
ospice of Hope recently hosted its award-winning Mountain Pathway camp for children grieving the loss of a loved one. Seven local children attended the day-long camp, which was held on August 9 at the Butler Springs Christian Camp and Retreat Center in Hillsboro, Ohio. The campers, who ranged from at 6 to 13, participated in traditional camp activities as well as grief-processing activities before their families joined at 5:00 pm for a family picnic.

All of this year's campers were all already familiar with Hospice of Hope's services through their schools, and some had attended Mountain Pathway in previous years. “We provide grief outreach to schools for children who have had a recent loss, so I had already worked with all of the kids before the day of the camp,” the Bereavement Care Team’s Community Services Facilitator, Pam Lynch, explained.

Once at the camp, the children participated in traditional camp activities, like swimming, climbing a rock wall, and zip-lining, under the supervision of the retreat center's personnel, who Lynch described as “awesome” and “very professional.” In between the splashing and climbing, there were opportunities to participate in activities that were more obviously centered around healing. The children were able to process and navigate their grief through art, music, and group sharing, all under the guidance of Hospice of Hope’s specially-trained bereavement staff. According to Lynch, one of the art projects campers enjoyed was the decorating of pillowcases; “a lot of times when they're grieving they get anxious and have worries, so they put things on their pillowcase to remind them of their loved ones, and ease those anxieties.” The campers even used the “getting to know you” activity as a way to work toward healing. The introductory game, called ‘Spiderweb’ is intended to show participants how they are all connected. The children derived, “we are all connected because we have all lost someone.” Showing the children that others like them are having similar experiences helps them to know that they are not alone. This is reflective of the reason for the camp’s name; Lynch explained, “Facing the pain of grief is like climbing a mountain. When we walk and climb together we can make better progress.”

Mountain Pathway was facilitated by Hospice of Hope’s Bereavement Care Team, Peg Lynch, Jessica Elie, and Melissa Roby, volunteer Lesley Mayberry, and nurse Angie Jean Claude. The camp is held once annually, and is open to any child who has experienced the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether that person died through Hospice of Hope. It is one of many grief and loss services the hospice provides.



Jaymie Jamison Foundation Supports Hospice of Hope
August 2, 2012
he Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope recently presented a check to Hospice of Hope, as a way of showing its gratitude to those who cared for its namesake during her last days. One of the foundation's key purposes is to provide support to Hospice of Hope, as one of Jaymie’s direct wishes. A member of the foundation wrote, “[Jaymie] was provided first-rate hospice care during her last months and she wanted to do all she could to make sure others receive the same care and empathy during such a trying time.”

The foundation was started after 34-year old Jaymie Jamison, mother of 4, lost her battle with cervical cancer. Her friends and family members joined together in an attempt to raise awareness of gynecological cancers, support families who are experiencing similar struggles, and to help Hospice of Hope continue to do good work in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio.

Since it was founded, the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope has been extremely active throughout the region, and has big ambitions. Last year they organized the eye-catching Panties Across the Bridge event , which involved stringing hundreds of pairs of women’s underwear across the Purple People Bridge in Cincinnati, to raise awareness of gynecological cancers. This year, they repeated the event, but added a golf scramble a few months in advance, and “Jaymie’s Rockin’ Run for Hope,” a 5K on the day of the 2nd Annual Panties Across the Bridge.

Hospice of Hope is extremely grateful to the Jamie Jamison Foundation for its support and sacrifices, and is pleased to know that it has inspired others to raise awareness. For more information about the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope, please go to http://www.jaymiejamisonfoundation.com.



New Hospice of Hope Project Going Well
July 26, 2012
ork is progressing on a $9.6 million Hospice of Hope project to bring an assisted living facility to the Maysville area.

Ground was broken on Kenton Pointe Assisted Living Community in October 2011, with plans to have the new two-building campus completed later this fall, officials said.

Located near the Kenton Station Golf Course off Kentucky 9, the project creates a 28,600-square-foot assisted living community building with 32 rooms and a 12,800-square-foot freestanding inpatient care center with eight private suites. The design, location, amenities and grounds will create a homelike environment while in a safe supervised atmosphere, officials said.

“We are calling it Care Center at Kenton Pointe,” said Michael Parker, director of development and public relations for Hospice of Hope.

The Care Center will be completed first, but is dependent on the assisted living center, so the two will open at the same time, Parker said.

“There have been no snags in the construction, once we got past the rain delays earlier this year, the projects have moved right along,” Parker said. “We anticipate opening in October. We have brought Linda Sills Brown on board as a residential director for Kenton Pointe.”

Partially funded through Hospice of Hope funds, U.S. Department of Agriculture low interest loan programs, a Community Development Block Grant, and a donation of 34 acres of land, Hospice of Hope is currently conducting a campaign to raise $2.2 million for the project.

“At this point we are approaching the $700,000 mark for donations and are about to begin a campaign opportunity to memorialize and support Hospice of Hope,” Parker said. Once in full operation, officials anticipate the facilities will generate $1 million in local payroll taxes and provide more than 40 full-time jobs.

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Memory Bear Workshop Dates Announced!
July 26, 2012
he Bereavement Care Team has planned yet another exciting activity for Hospice of Hope! The popular Memory Bear Workshop will be held this year on September 15 in the Maysville office, and on the following Saturday, September 22, in the Mt. Orab office. This event provides community members with the opportunity to make a teddy bear out of an article of clothing that belonged to their loved one, and to socialize over a complimentary light lunch.

This event gives participants the opportunity to create a tangible memory, in addition to the emotional and mental memories they already have of their loved one. It’s possible to do this project with a favorite t-shirt, uniform, blanket, or even a gown; with the help of our trained bereavement professionals, a meaningful scrap of fabric can become a valued family keepsake.

Those who plan to attend should call Peg Lynch at (800) 928-4243, and bring a favorite article of clothing and a matching spool of thread. All other supplies will be provided!


Hike for Hope Returns to Mt. Orab
July 9, 2012
ospice of Hope is pleased to announce the return of its Mt. Orab fundraiser, Hike for Hope. The event will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 7th, and will consist of a 3-mile walk/run through downtown Mt. Orab, from Merchants National Bank to Western Brown High School and back. The event also includes a contest for who can raise the most money with trophies being awarded to the winners in the corporate, youth, and individual categories. Other competitions include best participation for youth and corporate categories. Participants will receive a t-shirt as well as a complimentary meal after the walk.

Those who are unable to participate in the day's events are highly encouraged to show their support by purchasing signs for “Memory Lane.” For a donation of $5, we will personalize a sign for you, and display it along the route. You could request one for yourself, in memory of a loved one, or in honor of a friend. You will be able to take your sign with you after the event is over. All proceeds from Hospice of Hope fundraisers go directly to patient care. If you would like to register for this event, or you are interested in being a sponsor, please call Ellen Cartmell at (800) 928-4848 .



Autumn Support Groups Planned
June 30, 2012
ospice of Hope will be offering two complimentary support groups in the coming months, which will be open to the entire community.

Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley will offer “Coping with Grief & Loss,” a 4-week educational group for those who have lost a loved one. Topics will include understanding grief, effects of grief on the body, coping techniques, and memories and meaning. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 each Thursday in September, at the Hillsboro workstation. The address is 111 Northview Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio. To register, please call Bereavement Care Liaison Melissa Roby at (800) 928-4243.

The following month, Hospice of Hope will be serving its Kentucky community with another 4-week educational group for those who have experienced a loss. Called “Tear Soup,” this session will help attendees find others who have lost a loved one, and to provide support to one another by sharing their stories, processing their loss, and learning about coping strategies. These sessions will be held in the Maysville office for the first four Tuesdays in October, from 5:30 to 6:30. The address is 909 Kenton Station Road, Maysville, Kentucky. To register, please call Jessica Elie at (800) 928-4848. To learn more about either of these programs, or Hospice of Hope’s other bereavement services, please call Peg Lynch at (800) 928-4243.



Hospitality Training Partnership Created
June 4, 2012

n preparation for a new state of the art assisted living facility set to open in Maysville Hospice of Hope is teaming up with the Regional Kentucky Works Program of the Cabinet for Health and Human Services and Maysville Community and Technical College to offer hospitality training. The 80 hour training program is designed for Regional Kentucky Works clients in the Maysville and surrounding Buffalo Trace region interested in working for the Hospice of Hope facility or other hospitality businesses in the area.

Elizabeth Buckler who has 17 years of experience in the hospitality and catering business will serve as the instructor.

It is anticipated that up to 12 training participants will be accepted initially. The training will be held June 4 to June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at the MCTC Culinary Arts Institute located at 22 East Third Street in Maysville. Hospice of Hope initiated the partnership to address the growing needs of assisted living facilities.

“With assisted living comes a whole new skill set,” said Director of Development and Public Relations Michael Parker. “It includes a range of customer service, maintenance, linen service, and food service.”

Hospice of Hope joined with Regional Kentucky Works and MCTC to provide this unique training option for individuals seeking employment in the hospitality field.

The curriculum will include an overview of the hospitality industry focusing on real world applications and case studies, food safety to prepare individuals for the ServSafe Certification exam, the culinary techniques of pleasing plating and presentation, and career preparation.

“We selected the applicants from within our clients enrolled in the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program, also known as K-TAP, to attend this training,” said Regional Kentucky Works Director Retha Mullins. “It is our hope that employers within this field will hire them once they have been trained. Our Employment Specialist, Katie Jones, helped the applicants get to the point where they could receive this training.”

The material costs for the hospitality training will also be paid for through the Regional Kentucky Works funding received from the Cabinet for Health and Human Services.

“We are pleased to work with Hospice of Hope and Regional Kentucky Works to help people develop the service skills and knowledge they need to work successfully in the new assisted living facility and other hospitality businesses in the area,” said MCTC Workforce Solutions Chief Officer Barb Campbell. “It’s a win-win for all involved.”

For more information contact MCTC Workforce Solutions at 606-759-7141 extension 66120.



Buffalo Trace Birthday Blessings, Inc. now Partnering with Hospice of Hope
May 23, 2012
uffalo Trace Birthday Blessings, Inc., a local non-profit organization that celebrates the lives of children in need, is now partnering with Hospice of Hope to provide a Life Celebration for terminally-ill pediatric patients. While the child is receiving Hospice care and support during the final phases of a life-limiting illness, Birthday Blessings will plan a Life Celebration that includes fulfilling an end-of-life wish for the child.

“Each celebration will be unique and bring family and friends together to make a sick child's wish come true, while celebrating their life and the time they've had together,” said Jessica Kern, Birthday Blessings founder and board chair. Celebrations could include an afternoon at the zoo or aquarium; watching the Cincinnati Reds or the University of Kentucky live in action; having their room redecorated or buying a special new toy. “Whatever the wish, Birthday Blessings will work with Hospice of Hope and our community to see that it comes true,” said Kern.

Michael Parker, Director of Public Relations and Development with Hospice of Hope added, “We are extremely excited to partner with Buffalo Trace Birthday Blessings to help bring a last wish to our pediatric patients. Our children deserve the very best care that can be provided and this new partnership just adds a layer of excellence”.

Birthday Blessings coordinated a Life Celebration for their first Hospice client earlier this month. The three-year-old little girl had outgrown her bed and Birthday Blessings purchased a “big girl bed,” bed linens and pajamas for her.

Birthday Blessings was founded in May 2010 and has since been coordinating birthday parties for children living at the Women's Crisis Center. “It was always our goal to expand our programs,” said Kern. “This new partnership with Hospice of Hope allows us to reach more local children and hopefully put a smile of their face.”

Donation wish lists are available on the organization's web site and posted on Facebook regularly. Visit www.buffalotracebirthdayblessings.org for more information. You can also sign up to receive monthly email announcements about upcoming events, volunteer needs and high-need wish list items.



Hospice of Hope Bereavement Staff Receives 2012 Kentucky Hospice Innovator Award
May 17, 2012
n May 11, Hospice of Hope's Bereavement Team was proudly awarded the 2012 Innovator Award from the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care for their work in creating the Memory Bear Workshop. The Memory Bear Workshop is an event that provides bereaved persons an opportunity to sew a bear out of an article of clothing that belonged to their loved one. Making a bear gives the opportunity to create a tangible memory, rather than just an emotional or mental memory. With the help of trained bereavement professionals and Hospice of Hope Volunteers, participants were able to take a meaningful piece of fabric and transform it into a treasured keepsake. This was an idea that our staff learned about at a national conference, and brought back to Hospice of Hope to put into practice. In 2011, we piloted this program in KY, and due to its success it will be offered in both KY and OH this year. The workshop will be held September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hospice of Hope’s Maysville office; and September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley’s office in Mt. Orab. For information on how you can participate in the workshop, contact Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.



Hospice of Hope's Mountain Pathway Date Set
May 17, 2012

he date has been set for Mountain Pathway, Hospice of Hope's award-winning family grief camp designed to bring healing and encouragement to children ages 7-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Mountain Pathway is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Butler Springs Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Hospice of Hope's specially-trained bereavement staff will help children navigate their grief process in a safe and fun environment. Campers will have the opportunity to process their grief through sharing, art, and music. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, rock wall, and zip line will be incorporated throughout the day to enhance learning and provide laughs along the way! Parents will join campers for a family picnic and closing ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Peg Lynch, Hospice of Hope Community Services Facilitator stated, "We encourage children 7-12 years to take part in this award winning program. Facing the pain of grief is like climbing a mountain. When we walk and climb together we can make better progress." To register contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Loss Support Group Offered
April 5, 2012

ospice of Hope will offer “Tear Soup” - a 4-week educational group for individuals who have lost a loved one. The group will meet each Thursday for four weeks beginning June 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pendleton County Public Library in Falmouth, Ky. The group will also meet for four weeks starting May 3rd at the West Union Senior Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information, contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Parent's Legacy Luncheon Scheduled
April 5, 2012
n Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., Hospice of Hope will host a Parent's Legacy Luncheon—an occasion to remember and honor our parents or other influential person in our lives. Liz Bonis, anchor and health reporter for WKRC television in Cincinnati, will be the guest speaker.

If interested in attending, please contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 by April 13, as seating is limited. There is no charge for the luncheon; however, donations will be accepted.



Hospice of Hope Named #9 Best Place to Work in Kentucky!
April 20, 2012

ospice of Hope was named the 9th Best Place to Work in Kentucky! Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope added, “We extend congratulations to our Board of Directors, our staff, dedicated volunteers and our communities for helping us with this achievement. We could not achieve this level of success without this our tremendous support”.

The win was announced at the Eighth Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony on April 20, 2012. Hospice of Hope employees were joined at the event by hundreds of other nominees waiting to hear the final rankings. The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce host the Best Places initiative, as both organizations support the value of workplace excellence as a key component in moving Kentucky forward.

Hospice of Hope was made aware that it'd been named to the top 28 best small/medium sized companies in the state, but had to wait until April to hear the official ranking. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company's employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence.



HFA Grief Teleconference is Scheduled
March 1, 2012

ospice of Hope will serve as the host site for Hospice Foundation of America's 19th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference, "End-of-Life Ethics" viewed nationwide via DVD on the following dates. Hospice of Hope (Maysville office) on April 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley (Mt. Orab office) on April 26, 2011 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

This program explores ethical dilemmas that are likely to arise at the end of life, the principles of ethical decision-making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. Case studies will be used to illustrate ethical issues that will be addressed by the program panel. Three hours of continuing education will be available for Clergy, Counselors, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Social Workers, Case Managers, Psychologists, Physicians, Funeral Directors, Marriage/Family Therapists, Caregivers, and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement. To register, or for more information, call Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.



Hospice of Hope to Host Spring Memorial Services
March 1, 2012

ospice of Hope invites you and your family to our Spring Memorial Services. These services are designed to provide anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one an occasion to remember, honor and celebrate their memories. Services will be offered in both Kentucky and Ohio. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley in Mt. Orab; and on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at Hospice of Hope in Maysville.

Special music, words of reflection, and the reading of names of those who are being remembered will also provide a time to reflect on their memory. Those attending will receive a gift of remembrance. A reception will follow the services, allowing time to gather with others who have experienced loss. These services are free and open to the community. If you plan to attend, or would like information on Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups, please call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Volunteer Leslie Mayberry Honored
February 9, 2012
aysville Community and Technical College is proud to honor Lesley Mayberry as the newest member of the Super Sunday Hall of Fame. Super Sunday is an annual Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) statewide initiative intended to increase the college-going rate of students of color. As part of this initiative, a Super Sunday Hall of Fame has been established, highlighting outstanding African-American alumni.

Lesley Mayberry graduated from Maysville Community and Technical College with an Associate in Arts degree in 2006. She enrolled in the University of Kentucky to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English, which she completed in 2008. While attending UK, she worked at the Disability Resource Center and discovered a passion for helping individuals with disabilities. A year later, Mayberry continued into the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at UK and received her master’s degree in December 2010, along with her certification. She currently volunteers at Hospice of Hope as well as with Straub Elementary preschool students.

“I was delighted and extremely humbled to learn that I had been chosen for the Super Sunday Hall of Fame,” said Mayberry. “In the future, I hope to cultivate my career as a rehabilitation counselor and enroll in school to obtain my doctorate degree.”

Mayberry is involved with The Learning Academy, a group designed to help children who need extra assistance in school. She also assists with the design and implementation of learning activities for the Ann DeSpain Reading Program, and serves as secretary on the Board of Founders.

To read more about Super Sunday, visit the KCTCS website.


Janie Hord Talks About Her Experience with Hospice of Hope
ospice of Hope patient Janie Hord from Maysville Kentucky speaks about her experiences in hospice. Janie passed away on Sunday, September 4th but wanted to share this video with the community. This testimonial was completed in part by the Hospice Advocacy Network.



Hospice of Hope Recognized as a Best Place to Work
January 25, 2012
ospice of Hope was recently recognized as one of the best places to work in Kentucky. The Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (KYSHRM), in conjunction with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, recently announced the finalists in the Eighth Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition. Winners from across the state were selected in two categories: small/medium-sized employer (companies of 25 to 249 U.S. employees) and large-sized employer (companies of 250 U.S. employees or greater). Hospice of Hope is classified as a small/medium size employer. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company's employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope added, “We extend congratulations to our Board of Directors, our staff, dedicated volunteers and our communities for helping us with this achievement. We could not achieve this level of success without this our tremendous support”.

Final rankings will be announced at a banquet in April. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.



Hospice of Hope Welcomes New Volunteers
January 23, 2012
Left to right: Marrie Hall, Ron Sutton, Brittany Coy, Herb Rumford, Stephanie Simms, Davina Newton (Volunteer Coordinator), Aurora Jones.

t a recent volunteer training, Hospice of Hope welcomed aboard six new volunteers. Volunteers help in a variety of ways including fundraising, office work and patient care support. Davina Newton, Volunteer Coordinator added, “Our volunteers are a very important piece of our mission to provide quality end-of-life care. They provide much needed support and companionship to our patients and caregivers”.

We are still looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. If interested call Davina Newton at 759-4050 to find out how you can help support Hospice of Hope.




Leadership Horizons Visits Office
January 23, 2012
he Leadership Horizons class of 2011-2012 made a visit to our office during the annual Health and Human Services Day. Each year, participants of the group spend a day learning about the various healthcare options in around our service area. Also included in the day was a tour or Fleming County Hospital, the Women's Crisis Center, DaVita Dialysis and Meadowview Regional Medical Center.

The photograp to the left was taken at Fleming County Hospital: Front Row: Paula Fryman, Missy Stitt, Jeff Drury, Dana Calland, Angela Reaves, Dana Belcher and Tiffany Reeder. Back Row: Tracey Parriman, Katie Wallingford, Terry Wilson, Bill Kamer, Davina Newton, Kyle Shadoan, Melissa Greenwell and Drew Watts. Not Pictured: Nola Berry, Paul Wallingford, Mary Bishop, Rhonda Purdon.




First Step Program
December 29, 2011

ospice of Hope and Limestone Family YMCA have collaborated to bring the community a new program to assist people as they move through the grief process. First Step is a program specifically designed for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This unique program incorporates gentle exercise, healthy living tips, skills to assist in the grieving process, and the support of others who are walking the same path. Join us on this journey as we will meet on February 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and March 1, 6, and 8 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Limestone Family YMCA in Maysville. Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information, contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Loss Support Group Scheduled
December 29, 2011

ospice of Hope will offer “Tear Soup” – a 4-week educational group for individuals who have lost a loved one. Groups will meet in both our Kentucky and Ohio offices beginning January 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Adams County Regional Medical Center (2nd floor); and beginning January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Hospice of Hope in Maysville.

Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning.

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information, contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.




Hillsboro Eagles Conducts 3rd Annual Poker Run
November 3, 2011

agles Riders of the Hillsboro, OH Eagles Club #1161 recently conducted a Poker Run with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. This marks the third year for the Poker Run which has raised over three thousand dollars to help fund the end-of-life care needs for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley patients & families. Presenting the check is Judy Roberts, Eagles Club Secretary. Accepting the check is Erin Richmond, Provider Relations Specialist with Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.





How to Choose a Quality Hospice
October 6, 2011

epending on where you live there could be one or several hospice organizations serving your community. If there are multiple hospices in your area, you can decide which hospice you want to care for you or your loved one and let your physician know which one you prefer.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Caring Connections have developed some questions to help you identify factors that may be important to you and your family when selecting a hospice. Click here to learn more about Hospice of Hope and our quality Initiatives.


Hospice of Hope Achieves We Honor Veterans Partner Level One Status
September 18, 2011

e Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Hospice of Hope a Partner Level One status. Hospice of Hope provides Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, and identifies patients with military experience.

We Honor Veterans invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America's veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.


2011 Hope for the Holidays Workshops
September 18, 2011

ach fall, workshops are scheduled in Hospice of Hope's Kentucky and Ohio service areas to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

This year, we will present Hope for the Holidays—How Are You Coping?—a workshop designed to give you strategies for managing your grief during the holidays. Workshops will be held on November 13 at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab at 2:00 p.m.; and at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville on November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Come join us to share ideas, learn coping strategies, and discover ways to remember and honor your loved ones through the holiday season. We will make a remembrance luminaria for you to take home.

All programs are free and open to the community. Invite family and friends to attend with you. If you plan to attend, or would like information on Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups, please call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.

In addition to workshops offered by Hospice of Hope, holiday memorial services are held in Bracken and Pendleton counties. Call Hospice of Hope (800-928-4243) for more information on these memorial services.


5K Run 2 Mile Walk Scheduled
September 2, 2011

n celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Hospice of Hope will be conducting an inaugural 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk. This fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th at Maysville's Limestone Landing. Registration will be at 8:00am with the race starting promptly at 9:00am. Cost for the race is only $15 prior to the pre-registration date of September 23rd. After that day and the day of the race the cost will be $20. Click here for more details.

As part of the celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Hospice of Hope is proud to partner with the Cictekelo Hospice in Ndola, Zambia. Earlier this year, Hospice of Hope announced our partnership with the national FHSSA (Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa) initiativeLearn more. Proceeds from this event will help strengthen the awareness of FHSSA and to patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Hospice of Hope Anniversary Celebration
August 18, 2011

On Tuesday, August 23rd, Hospice of Hope will be celebrating our 23rd Anniversary. This celebration will be held at our Mt. Orab office (215 Hughes Blvd.) from 11-2pm with a Free lunch and Open to the Public! We ask that you stop by and let us say thanks for your support over the past 23 years where we have been able to provide quality end-of-life care to over 9,000 area residents. Click here for more information.



Advance Care Planning Session
July 6, 2011

ospice of Hope will be hosting an Advance Care Planning session on Saturday July 16th at the Mt. Orab Ohio office from 10am until noon. Please join us for this free service to learn about advance care planning where you will have an opportunity to complete your advance directives. As an ongoing service, Social Workers will be available for scheduled appointments, outside of this date, to discuss and complete advance directives. Please call Peg Lynch in Ohio 800-928-4243 or Jessica Sanders in Kentucky 800-928484 for more information



Festival of Hope
July 6, 2011

he 5th annual Festival of Hope is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The Van Dells will again be headlining the festival with a performance at 7pm. Tickets $20 each and can be purchased at the gate. Also during the festival there will be a silent and quarter auction along with a dinner. Dinner ticker are $8 each and can be purchased at the gate. The Festival of Hope is sponsored by the Order of the Easter Star with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. Since the beginning of the Festival of Hope, The Order of the Easter Star District 22 has raised more than $35,000 for end-of-life care. For more information about the Festival of Hope please call Sandy Edmisten at 937-695-0953.



Loss Support Group Offered
June 7, 2011

ospice of Hope will offer “Tear Soup”—a 4-week educational group for individuals who have lost a loved one. Groups will meet in both our Kentucky and Ohio offices beginning August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Hillsboro, Ohio workstation; and beginning August 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Hospice of Hope in Maysville. Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information, contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Hospice of Hope's Mountain Pathway Date Set
June 7, 2011
he date has been set for Mountain Pathway, Hospice of Hope's award-winning family grief camp designed to bring healing and encouragement to children ages 7-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Mountain Pathway is scheduled for Monday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Butler Springs Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Hospice of Hope's specially-trained bereavement staff will help children navigate their grief process in a safe and fun environment. Campers will have the opportunity to process their grief through sharing, art, and music. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, rock wall, and zip line will be incorporated throughout the day to enhance learning and provide laughs along the way! Parents will join campers for a family picnic and closing ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Peg Lynch, Hospice of Hope Community Services Facilitator stated, “We encourage children 7-12 years old to take part in this award winning program. Facing the pain of grief is like climbing a mountain. When we walk and climb together we can make better progress.” To register contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Call for Volunteers
March 25, 2011

t's that time of the year again to start working in our cutting garden. We need help for weeding, watering, pruning, and cutting the flowers. If you love gardening and want to help, please contact Donna Burke, our volunteer coordinator, for more information as there is ALWAYS a need. We are also in need of volunteers in the following counties in Kentucky: Fleming, Lewis, Pendleton, and Robertson. If you know of someone who would be interested in visiting our patients at the nursing homes or in their personal homes in these counties, please tell them about us and have them give us a call. We would love to tell them about how valuable our volunteers are to our mission, vision and values!! Call Donna Burke at 606-759-4050 for more information!



Hospice of Hope Partners with the National “We Honor Veterans” Initiative
April 27, 2011
Pictured left to right: Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director Hospice of Hope; Mr. William C. Schoenhard, Deputy under Secretary for Health for Operations & Management and Ashley Willian, Provider Relations Specialist Hospice of Hope.
uring a recent fundraising Gala conducted by the National Hospice Foundation (NHF) in Washington D.C. an award was given to the Veterans Health Administration recognizing their efforts to improve care for dying Veterans.

In recognition of their groundbreaking efforts to ensure Veterans have access to high-quality hospice and palliative care, the Veterans Health Administration received the Global Vision Award. Accepting the award was Mr. William C. Schoenhard, Deputy under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management.

Donald Schumacher, NHF president and CEO said, “We are proud to honor the Veterans Health Administration for the powerful role it has played in working with the hospice community to ensure that Veterans and their families have the most appropriate care at the end-of-life”.

In 2010, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs launched the “We Honor Veterans” campaign. This pioneering campaign is aimed at improving the care Veterans receive from health care professionals by providing tools and resources to help providers understand the end-of-life needs of Veterans.

Every day in the U.S., 1,800 Veterans will die. That's more than 680,000 Veterans every year—or 25 percent of all the deaths in this country annually. More than 8 million Veterans are enrolled in VA's health care system. This year, VA expects to treat over 6 million patients during 78 million outpatient visits and 906,000 inpatient admissions.

In 2011, Hospice of Hope recognized this emerging trend and became a partner with the “We Honor Veterans” initiative. As part of this collaborative partnership, Hospice of Hope will create and execute programs and educational offerings centered on the diverse needs of area veterans.

To learn more about Hospice of Hope and Veterans Care at the end-of-life call 759-4050 or log onto www.hospiceofhope.org


Hospice of Hope Welcomes New Volunteers

t a recent volunteer training, Hospice of Hope welcomed aboard six new volunteers. Volunteers help in a variety of ways including fundraising, office work and patient care support. Davina Newton, Volunteer Coordinator added, "Our volunteers are a very important piece of our mission to provide quality end-of-life care. They provide much needed support and companionship to our patients and caregivers". We are still looking for volunteers to help in a variety of way. If interested call Davina Newton at 759-4050 to find out how you can help support Hospice of Hope.



Caregiver Seminar
May 2, 2011
n May 12th, Hope HomeCare and the Buffalo Trace Family Caregiver Support Program will host the 2011 Caregiver Seminar. This year’s topic, “Navigating Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease” will be held from 5-8pm at Hospice of Hope’s Maysville office. Seminar is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be provided. We ask that you please register by May 9th. To register call 564-6894 or 759-4056. Click here for program flier.



Thanks For Supporting the Annual Tony Poe Memorial Fundraiser
May 2, 2011
hanks to all who supported the 24th annual Tony Poe Memorial Fundraiser held last Saturday, April 30th at O'Rourke's Pub in Maysville. This year's tournament saw 25 teams in a double elimination platform where trophies were given to the top three finishers. Hospice of Hope extends a special appreciation to the Poe family, Norbert Gallenstein and Mike & Mary McDaniel for their efforts in making this annual event a success. Pictured are the 2011 winners Corky and Derrick with Wayne Poe (middle) handing out the trophies.



Spring Memorial Services Scheduled
April 27, 2011

ospice of Hope Spring Memorial Services offer an occasion to remember and honor your loved ones. Inspirational music, words of comfort, and a way to find understanding while discovering new friends. Memorials services are free and open to the community. Serviced are offered in Both Ohio and Kentucky with refreshments following. Call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 for more information. Click here to dates and time for the 2011 Spring Memorial Services.

Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Office
Sunday, May 15th at 2:00pm
215 Hughes Blvd
Mt. Orab Ohio

Hospice of Hope Office
Sunday, May 15th at 2:00pm
909 Kenton Station Drive
Maysville, KY
(Park and enter in rear lot)

Call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 for more information.



Cornhole Tournament Scheduled April 30th
April 27, 2011

he 26th annual, Tony Poe Memorial Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 30th at O'Rourke’s Pub in Maysville, KY. This is a bring your own team tournament with registration beginning at 1:30 and the tournament starting promptly at 2:30. Team registration fee are $25 with prizes awarded to top three finishers. Live music by “Lunchbox” and free cookout to participants. See flyer for more information.



Zumba for Zambia
March 10, 2011

n March 25, Hospice of Hope will host a Zumbathon with all proceeds benefiting our Zambian hospice partner. This event will be held at Fleming County High School starting at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door or by calling 800-928-4848. Earlier this year, Hospice of Hope joined a national effort sponsored by the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Sarahan Africa (FHSSA). The initiative was designed for hospices in the US to locate a partner and provide education and monitory funds to help advance hospice education in Sub-Sarahan Africa. Click here to learn more.



Hospice of Hope Awarded “Deemed Status” Accreditation from the Joint Commission
February 8, 2011
ospice of Hope has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospice care. The “deemed status” accreditation recognizes Hospice of Hope's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state of the art standards. In addition to maintaining the JCAHO accreditation, the Federal Medicare survey was also successfully conducted.

In January 2011, Hospice of Hope underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors. The organization was evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection quality, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hospice of Hope has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Margherita Labson, R.N., executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hospice of Hope for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Betsy Miller, Patient Care Coordinator with Hospice of Hope. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.


Become a Hospice of Hope Volunteer
July 28, 2011

ospice of Hope has scheduled a volunteer training class for Thursday, July 28 at the Maysville office. This training will be held from 9am until 4pm and will be free of charge. We welcome home care, inpatient care, and nursing home volunteers who will help patients and families deal with the needs of the terminally ill, as well as volunteers for clerical work, fundraising, flower garden, etc. Call or email Davina Newton, Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice of Hope to see how you can make a difference and help to support end-of-life care. Click here for more information.



Hospice of Hope to Host Parent's Legacy Luncheon
February 23, 2011

n Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 11:30 a.m., Hospice of Hope will host a Parent's Legacy Luncheon as an occasion to remember and honor parents or other influential people in our lives. Liz Bonis, anchor and health reporter for WKRC television in Cincinnati, will be the guest speaker. If interested in attending, please contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 by March 4, as seating is limited. There is no charge for the luncheon; however, donations are accepted. Click here for event flyer.



HFA Grief Teleconference Scheduled
February 23, 2011

ospice of Hope will again serve as the host site for Hospice Foundation of America's 18th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference, "Spirituality and End-of-Life Care" viewed nationwide via DVD on the following dates. Hospice of Hope (Maysville office) on April 13 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley (Mt. Orab office) on April 20, 2011 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The 2011 teleconference will address differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief, spiritual assessment and empowerment, and life review. Three hours of continuing education will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, counselors, home health aides, and other professionals. To register, or for more information, call Peg Lynch at 1-800-928-4243.



Hospice of Hope to Expand Services
November 3, 2010

dream is becoming a reality for the staff and board members of Hospice of Hope in Maysville to bring an assisted living facility to the region. In June, Hospice Executive Director Kavin Cartmell and Director of Development and Public Relations Michael Parker announced HOH was involved in preliminary discussions and strategic planning to determine if the local region could support an assisted living facility and also a separate, Inpatient Center for Hospice patients. On Saturday, the 17-member Hospice of Hope Board of Directors approved the plan to construct both facilities and to seek funding assistance for construction costs. “We as an organization needed to commit to the project. Now that we have, we're going forward,” Parker said Thursday.

Since September 2009, six HOH board members, as well as Hospice staff have worked to develop a strategic plan to explore the feasibility of such a project, what the costs involved would be and where such a facility would be located. Those questions have been answered and the result will be a 32-bed assisted living facility and an 8-bed Inpatient Center located on acreage next to the Kenton Station Golf Course and Rainbow Meadows Subdivision on Kentucky 9. Both the assisted living facility and the Inpatient Center will be on the same campus, which will encompass up to 25 acres. Senior Living at Kenton Pointe is the name selected for the assisted living facility, which will be a one-story building and will offer three levels of apartments; a studio apartment with a bedroom, bath and kitchenette; one bedroom apartment with a kitchenette, bath and living room; or a deluxe one bedroom apartment with the same number of rooms, but with more square footage. Cartmell said a waiting list has been started for the assisted living facility. “Instead of our seniors having to relocate (out of the area) they can stay here now. They're not going to have to seek this type of facility elsewhere,” Cartmell said, adding this is a further benefit to the community because senior citizens volunteer and contribute their time in so many capacities throughout the region. “This is a feel good, win-win story,” Parker said, noting the two facilities will create 48 jobs with an equivalent of 40 full-time jobs; generate an estimated $1 million per year in payroll, enhance community healthcare needs and provide a service that keeps our citizens here. Jobs will include administrative and management levels, nurses, nurses aids, dietary, housekeeping and more.

The estimated project cost is $7 to $8 million dollars; funding is being sought through federal and state grant programs, private foundations, private donations, and fund-raisers. Amenities of the assisted living complex will include a country setting, central kitchen and dining room, family and community room, a craft room, exercise room and transportation service for residents. The Inpatient Center will be in addition to the six Hospice rooms offered at area hospitals and the 5-bed Inpatient Center at Adams County Regional Medical Center. The design phase is the next step of the project and then bids will go out to interested and qualified contractors; construction is expected to begin spring 2011 with an anticipated opening date of early 2012.

Story by Marla Toncray, News Editor THE LEDGER INDEPENDENT | Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:15 pm.


National Healthcare Decisions Day
March 10, 2011

ospice of Hope, in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, will be hosting Living Today and Planning for Tomorrow. Please Join us on April 16th, 2011 to learn about advance care planning where you will have an opportunity to complete your advance directives. During this “kick off” date we will have trained employees at both our Maysville and Mt. Orab office location to assist you. This is a free service by Hospice of Hope.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING SESSIONS
April 16th (10:00 to 12:00) – Maysville, Kentucky Office (909 Kenton Station Drive)
April 16th (10:00 to 12:00) – Mt. Orab, Ohio Office (215 Hughes Blvd)
July 16th (10:00 to 12:00) – Mt. Orab, Ohio Office (215 Hughes Blvd)
October 15th (10:00 to 12:00) – Maysville, Kentucky Office (909 Kenton Station Drive)

As an ongoing service, Social Workers will be available for scheduled appointments to discuss and complete advance directives. Please call Peg Lynch in Ohio at 800-928-4243 or Jessica Sanders in Kentucky at 800-928-4848 to schedule yours today. LIVING TODAY and PLANNING FOR TOMORROW.


16th Annual Hospice of Hope Bowl-A-Thon
January 5, 2011

ospice of Hope will sponsor the 16th Annual Bowl-A-Thon at Town and Country Lanes in Aberdeen in February. The event will be held on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00PM and Sunday, February 20 at 1:00PM. Be sure to reserve your space early, as lanes are limited. We invite everyone to come out and join the fun while supporting Hospice of Hope. The cost is $15 per person for three games, which includes ball, shoe rental, chips and drink. There will be door prizes, silent auction, raffle tickets. To register, contact Town and Country Bowling Lanes at 937-795-2153.



Hospice of Hope Receives Brown County Charity Horse Show Proceeds
January 5, 2011

rown County Charity Horse Show Manager, Jenny Moran, recently presented Hospice of Hope the proceeds from the 39th annual Brown County Charity Horse Show, held this past June at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown, Ohio. The horse show has been a Brown County tradition since 1972. This year's show raised $8,500 for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, which will allow for the continuance of quality hospice care to our terminally ill patients in the 12 counties we serve in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The 40th annual Brown County Charity Horse Show will be held June 9-10-11, 2011 at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown, Ohio.



Proceeds From 4th Annual Festival of Hope Was Presented to Hospice of Hope
December 22, 2010
Pictured from left to right: Bruce Ailes, Barbara Bowman, Donna Burke, Sandra Edmiston, and Janice Goerss

t a recent district meeting, members of the Order of the Eastern Star, District 22 presented a check to Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley for proceeds of the annual Festival of Hope. This marked the 4th year the Order of Eastern Star has been hosting this fundraiser. This year's event, which was held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds raised over $9,500 to benefit Hospice of Hope and enhance quality end-of-life hospice care. Since 2007, when the fundraiser first started, the Order of the Eastern Star has raised over $37,000 for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.

Michael Parker, Director of PR and Development for Hospice of Hope stated, “We are so thankful to have such a loyal and dedicated group to help advance our mission to provide quality end-of-life care. Organizations such as these are truly what makes our care so special”.

At a recent district meeting, the Order of the Eastern Star district 22 won 2nd place at the Ohio Grand Chapter Session in Dayton for volunteering and conducting Festival of Hope. They were recognized in front of 1,800 people where they spoke of Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley and its services!



Hillsboro Eagles Conduct Poker Run for Hospice
December 22, 2010
agle Riders of the Hillsboro, OH Eagles Club #1161 recently conducted a Poker Run with proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope. 2nd Annual Poker Run was coordinated by Judy Roberts. In two years, over two thousand dollars have been donated to help fund end-of-life care needs at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.



Hospice of Hope to Host Hope for the Holidays Workshops
November 4, 2010

ach fall, workshops are scheduled in Hospice of Hope's Kentucky and Ohio service areas to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

This year, we will present Hope for the Holidays—How Are You Coping?—a workshop designed to give you strategies for managing your grief during the holidays. Workshops will be held on November 14 at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab at 2:00 p.m.; and at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville on November 21 at 2:00 p.m. Come join us to share ideas, learn coping strategies, and discover ways to remember and honor your loved ones through the holiday season. You will learn how to identify holiday stressors and strategies to cope with the holidays while grieving. We will make a remembrance ornament that you will be able to take home.

The holidays are a difficult time for many who grieve. All programs are free and open to the community. Invite family and friends to attend with you. If you plan to attend, or would like information on Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups, please call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
November 4, 2010

ospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that Hospice of Hope is sharing with the community during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. However, this important message lasts beyond the month of November and is important all year round.

“November is a valuable time to raise awareness throughout our community about care at the end of life,” said Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director. “But the time a family might need us doesn't follow a calendar or occur only during this season, so our message must make an impression that stays with people all year long.”

Every November hospices across the country reach out to raise awareness of the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care provide patients and families coping with serious and life-limiting illness.

The Seasons of Caring theme reminds people that life's final seasons can be some of the most fulfilling, especially when patients and families look to hospice care for help.

The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

“With the help of hospice, patients and families alike can focus on what's most important—enjoying life together and living the final seasons to their fullest,” said Cartmell. “It's about the quality of life.”

More than 1.56 million patients receive care from the nation's hospices every year, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

For more information about hospice care, and how Hospice of Hope can help your family, call 800-928-4848.


Annual Gala Scheduled for October 23rd
September 28, 2010
Hospice of Hope 2010 Gala - Presenting Polter-Heist!

oin us for an interactive murder mystery where everyone is trying to heist something, including stealing a ghost! Join Madame Zelda Von Schpookum, president of the Boogeyman Outreach Organization (BOO), and a host of wacky characters as they attempt to make contact with the ghost haunting the Mouldering Pines Inn. See Professor Lionel Spector become possessed by the spirit! Will the bickering inkeepers, Jim and Phyllis Lodge, kill each other before finding the lost treasure? Will the FBI agents, Smolder and Skullery from the Hex Files division, solve the mystery of the haunted inn before another murder is committed?

This annual fundraiser will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Maysville Conference Center. Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by calling 759-4050. This event is business casual dress and seating is limited


Hospice of Hope to Host Workshops
September 28, 2010

n Friday, October 22, 2010, Hospice of Hope will collaborate with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work to present two workshops at the Maysville office.

“Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Elderly” will be presented by Patty Rudd, LCSW and Director of Addiction Services with Comprehend, Inc., from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The training will focus on identifying signs and symptoms of mental health/substance abuse issues in the elderly population. This workshop is excellent for any professional in the field of nursing, social work, home care, or hospice work.

“Going through a change? Can't you wear a patch for that?” will be presented by Deborah Weber, LCSW at St. Claire Counseling Center, from 1-4 p.m. This fun and interactive workshop helps social workers develop their own prevention plan to burn-out. Participants will learn what leadership skills are needed to manage organizational and personal change, understand how mindfulness impacts professional and personal balance, and have fun!

3.0 hours of continuing education for each session will be available for licensed KY and OH social workers. For more information call Hospice of Hope at 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848, or register online at www.uksocialworkonline.com.


Loss Support Groups Offered by Hospice of Hope
September 10, 2010

ospice of Hope will offer a 6-week loss support group for individuals who have lost a spouse. Groups will meet in both our Kentucky and Ohio offices. Beginning October 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley in Mt. Orab, and beginning October 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of Hope in Maysville.

Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a spouse or partner. Learn about grief, its challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. Finally, come to make new connections and enjoy fellowship with others. We are here to help!

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.


Not Always “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
December 21, 2010

he winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness. Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss–not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be. They support families coping with loss all year long. Bereavement counselors stress the importance of making decisions that feel right to the grieving person, and giving oneself permission to make new or different choices at the holidays.

Grief experts remind us that:

  • Holidays often center on certain traditions and rituals. For some, continuing these traditions without a loved one may be an important way to continue sharing their memory. For others, it may be more comforting to develop new rituals to help lessen the pain and immediacy of the loss.
  • While the holidays can be filled with meaning, they can also be filled with pressure and stress because of additional tasks such as shopping, baking and decorating. Grieving people should be encouraged to prioritize what needs to be done, and focus on those projects that may bring them pleasure. Perhaps the gift list can be pared down, cards need not be sent out, or another family member can cook the family dinner this year.
  • The holidays can bring opportunities to remember the person who has died in a way that is personally meaningful. Some families choose to participate in holiday events at a local hospice. Others may choose to share special family stories over a meal. Some may find that making a donation to a special charity or volunteering time to help others in need may be a comforting way to honor their loved one.
Hospice and palliative care professionals know of the importance of providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are grieving but most importantly, they remind us that a person grieving should do what's most comfortable for him or her during this time of year.

Many people may not be aware of the support Hospice of Hope offers to members of our community who are struggling with grief during the holiday season. If you or someone you know may be struggling with issues related to loss, I encourage you to contact Hospice of Hope for support. For more information, contact Hospice of Hope at 800-928-4848.

*This information is provided by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Hospice of Hope.


Pre-Admission Review In-Service
September 10, 2010

n Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley will sponsor a “Pre-Admission Review” in-service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the conference room at the Adams County Regional Medical Center in Seaman, Ohio. The Area Agency on Aging, District 7, will conduct the in-service. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Discussion will focus on recent changes to the Pre-Admission Resident Review (PARR) rules, in addition to other topics related to the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) and levels of care.

Two hours of continuing education will be available for nurses and social workers. For more information, call Pam Tribby at Hospice of Hope, 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848. Tours of Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley's Inpatient Unit and the hospital will be available.


Anniversary Celebration
August 11, 2010

n August 11th, Hospice of Hope will be celebrating 22 years of providing end-of-life care to those living in and around our twelve county service area. As part of the celebration, the community is invited from 11am-2pm for a FREE hamburger/hot dog cookout out at the Maysville office building (909 Kenton Station Drive). Stop by and let us say thank you for your support over the past 22 years! download flyer



Hospice of Hope Volunteer Training
August 11, 2010

training program for people willing to donate their time and talents to the Hospice of Hope program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville. download flyer

The orientation will include short lectures and discussion outlining our volunteer program and the services provided by Hospice of Hope. We welcome volunteers interested in helping our patients and families by offering visits to nursing homes, hospitals, and/or providing respite for the caregivers. Our volunteers help our patients by providing companionship, holding their hand, praying or reading with them, working puzzles, helping with meals, etc. We also have volunteers who help at our offices entering computer data, filing, shredding, making phone calls, assembling booklets, and helping with fundraising events. Hospice of Hope also has eight flower gardens manned by our volunteers.

No job is too big or too small for our volunteers and the rewards are enormous. For more information about volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Hope, call Donna Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, at 800-928-4848 or email dburke@hohope.org.



Festival of the Bells
July 7, 2010

ospice of Hope Ohio Valley participated in the annual Festival of the Bells last Thursday night. During the opening night parade, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley provided water bottles to those watching the festivities. The Festival of the Bells celebrated each July in Hillsboro, Ohio, is an outgrowth of a successful 1976 Bicentennial Celebration of the founding of our country. When local citizens were searching for a permanent name for a yearly celebration, it was noted that at one time Hillsboro was famous for the production of steel alloy bells, which were shipped around the world. The Festival of the Bells is now an annual event which is held the on the Fourth of July Weekend every year in the center of town. The festival offers three days of events, entertainment, vendors and also rides and games for kids.



The Van-Dells to Headline 4th Annual Festival of Hope
June 23, 2010

n Saturday August 7th, The Order of the Eastern Star (District 22) will present the 4th annual Festival of Hope. This annual fundraiser will again be held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds with dinner starting at 4:00PM at a cost of $8 per person. The featured entertainment this year will be the Van Dells at a cost of $20 per person. All, proceeds from this event benefit Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. For more information contact Barbara Bowman at 513-722-3079.

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Letter of Appreciation
June 22, 2010

ur Dearest Friends of Hospice of Hope

This letter is one of the most difficult things for my family to compose. How do we tell you how much we appreciate your tireless energies? How can we appropriately convey our never ending love to you for the constant care you gave our loved one? It seems so shallow to just say "thank you" – however, dear friends, please know that those two simple words come filled with many, many heartfelt wishes. My family could have never made it through this journey without you. Thank you for lifting our burdens and carrying us to an easier road.

A special thanks to our assigned Registered Nurse, Rachel Skidmore and all who served with her. Also , we send our love sand best wishes to the supportive care team and the volunteers.

May God bless each and every one of you!

Sincerely,
Elsie Case
Charlotte Lundergan
David Case



Hospice of Hope is Looking for Volunteers
June 14, 2010

ospice of Hope volunteers provide companionship to people living with a serious illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways. Our volunteers provide important services to our organization and the people we serve. Whether it's providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of our volunteers is essential to the important work we provide.

Hospice of Hope relies on volunteer support to provide excellent end-of-life care to each patient and family. By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another person's life. To learn more about Hospice of Hope's volunteer program, please contact Donna Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, at 800-928-4848.



National Nursing Assistants Week
June 14, 2010

ational Nursing Assistants Week is June 10-17 and focuses on ways nursing assistants make a difference in the lives of the people in their care. The well-being and happiness of these citizens depends in large part on the nursing assistants, home care aides, and others who provide daily, conscientious, hands-on care in homes, nursing homes and other long-term care settings. These Career Nursing Assistants are instrumental in promoting and safeguarding the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of the residents, clients, and their families. Career Nursing Assistants are trained professionals, who collaborate closely with other health care providers to provide quality care and to elevate the status of their chosen profession.

The annual observance of Career Nursing Assistants' Day and Nursing Assistants' Week was founded by Career Nurse Assistants Programs in 1977. Since this time, the group has expanded and has members in every state and other countries as well. This popular nursing assistant recognition program has grown to include thousands of facilities and organizations that join together each year to recognize and honor nursing assistants in long-term care services.



Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Announces their Expansion into Clinton County
January 19, 2010
ospice of Hope Ohio is excited to announce that they are expanding their hospice services into Clinton County. For over 16 years Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley has been providing high quality end-of-life care to those living in and around five Ohio counties including: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Highland and Pike. Recently, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley announced that they have expanded their services into Clinton their 6th Ohio County.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley stated, "We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide exceptional end-of-life care services to those living in and around Clinton County. Our growth and success over the years has been the result of our high quality hospice care and the services that we provide. We are committed as an organization to bringing the same high quality and care to all of our Ohio service area that now includes Clinton County".

Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley provides a special kind of care and support for persons in the last phases of a life-limiting illness. They help patients and families with end-of-life decision making, meeting life goals, enhancing family relationships and promoting comfort. As a non-profit organization, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley can make decisions based on patient's needs rather than financial considerations.

As one of the larger rural hospices in the United States, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is able to offer many advance care services such as the area's only Hospice Inpatient Center, a full time hospice team physician, extensive bereavement support and countless community outreach programs. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley also has an On-Call and Continuous Care Team that provide that "extra TLC" when time is short, or the family needs education and support.

Michael Parker, Director of Development and Public Relations for Hospice of Hope added, "We are looking forward to expanding our network of support into Clinton County. Over the years, the success of our organization has been very dependent on our community support such as fundraisers and volunteerism".

For more information about Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, to schedule a free education overview of our services or to make a referral call 800-928-4243 or log onto www.hospiceofhope.org. Remember, you have a choice when it comes to hospice care, choose Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley by name.


Mountain Pathway Dates Set
May 7, 2010

ates have been set for Mountain Pathway, Hospice of Hope's award winning family grief camp designed to bring healing and encouragement to children, teens and adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Mountain Pathway is scheduled for Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maysville-Mason County Recreation Park; and Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio.

This one-day program is led by highly skilled Hospice of Hope chaplains and bereavement professionals, who are there to help guide and educate participants about what to expect as they move through the process of grief. Children will participate in age appropriate activities helping them to explore their feelings about the loss they have experienced and provide them with tools to cope with the loss. Activities will include making a mountain memory quilt, games, relaxation activities, balloon release, and a picnic lunch.

Peg Lynch, Hospice of Hope Community Services Facilitator stated, "We encourage family members of all ages to take part in this award winning program. Facing the pain of grief is like climbing a mountain. When we walk and climb together we can make better progress." Come join us for a day filled with activities for all ages to share memories, stories, and laughter. To register contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.

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Temple-Inland Foundation Awards Funding to Hospice of Hope
May 7, 2010

emple-Inland Foundation recently made a $1,500 donation to benefit patient care at Hospice of Hope. Each year, Temple-Inland Foundation, through the request of our local mill, donates funds to help organizations in our area. Funds are collected through ongoing operations throughout the Temple-Inland national locations. Hospice of Hope uses donations such as these to continue to provide uncompensated care to patients and families effected by terminal illnesses. Since 1990, donations such as these have allowed Hospice of Hope to provide over $1.5 million in unreimbursed hospice care to patients and families not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance living in our 12-county service areas in Kentucky and Ohio.



Summer is Here!
June 23, 2010
ospice of Hope welcomes the arrival of summer.

The sun is shining It's a beautiful day
Hopefully warm weather Is now here to stay
Flowers are in bloom The trees are all green
And the sky is the bluest You've ever seen
The birds are singing Rabbits play in the grass
Bees are buzzing Butterflies pass
The energy is felt As nature comes alive
And the lazy days of summer Are ready to arrive

Written by Rosemarie Krebs


Hospice of Hope Celebrates the Contributions of Its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
April 16, 2010

ational Volunteer Week is April 18 through 24 and Hospice of Hope is honoring its hospice and palliative care volunteers who provide support, companionship and hope to those facing a life-limiting illness.

Donna Burke, Volunteer Coordinator with Hospice of Hope stated, "Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in enabling Hospice of Hope to offer the best care possible for patients living with life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need."

Hospice of Hope volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. These dedicated volunteers help people live every moment of life to the fullest. Most Hospice of Hope volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experiences with the compassionate care hospice provided to their dying loved one. But, our volunteers help does not stop there. They also provide deeply appreciated help at our main office doing clerical duties, work in our flower gardens, and assist with fundraising events.

Helen West, a volunteer at the Hospice of Hope Inpatient Center at Adams County Regional Medical Center stated, "When volunteering, you feel like you did something good. When families come and hug you, it makes you fill appreciated and it is a fulfillment."

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 550,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 25 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers. This regulation reflects the vital role that volunteers play in the hospice philosophy of care and ensures that a hospice program has roots deep in the community.

Hospice of Hope has volunteer opportunities available. To find out how you can help, please visit our website at www.hospiceofhope.org or call Donna Burke at 800-928-4848.




Caregiver Seminar: No Appointment Needed
April 16, 2010

he 2010 Caregiver Seminar coordinated by Buffalo Trace Family Caregiver Support Program and Hope HomeCare is scheduled for Thursday, April 29th. The seminar titled "No Appointments Needed" will be held from 5pm-8pm at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville. The seminar will be broken down into two parts with the first being "Getting the Most from Your Doctor Visit" and will be presented by Dr. Leroy Gallenstein. The second session, "Avoiding Common Medical Errors" will be presented by Mary Dan Haney, Pharmacist at Hospice of Hope.

The seminar is free and open to the public; however registration is recommended by April 23rd. A light dinner will be provided. For more information about the program or to register call the Buffalo Trace Family Caregiver Support Program at 564-6894 or Hope HomeCare at 759-4056.



Hospice of Hope to Host Community Memorial Services
April 6, 2010

ospice of Hope invites you and your family to our Community Memorial Services. These services are designed to provide anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one an occasion to remember, honor and celebrate their memories. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Orab office and on Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at Maysville office. Special music, words of reflection and the reading of names of those who are being remembered will also provide a time to reflect on their memory. Those attending will receive a gift of remembrance. A reception will follow the services, allowing time to gather with others who have experienced loss. These services are free and open to the community. If you plan to attend, or would like information on Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups, please call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



He Lives!—Benefit Concert for Hospice of Hope
April 6, 2010

e Lives is a benefit concert for Hospice of Hope presented by More Than the Music celebrating the only living savior ever known to mankind. Songs include a variety from Bluegrass Gospel to Contemporary Gospel. No Admission Charge - Voluntary Donations Only. Saturday, April 10th, 7:00PM at the Central Baptists Church in Maysville, KY. Proceeds from all donations will go to Hospice of Hope "Hopes and Dreams" program. Help Someone's last wish come true! For more information contact Darrell Polley at 606-798-3433 or visit www.morethanthemusiclive.com.



3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament
April 6, 2010

he date has been set for the 25th annual Tony Poe Memorial Fundraiser benefiting Hospice of Hope. The third annual cornhole tournament will be held at O'Rourke's Pub on Saturday, April 24. This is a bring your own partner tournament with sign up beginning at 1:30 and the tournament starting promptly at 2:30. The entry fee is $ 25.00 per team. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners. During the event, there will be a street party with food provided for participants, followed by a live band. Call O'Rourke's Pub at 606-564-3933 to register.!



Veterans Caregiver Assistance Program Funded
By VFW Grant
March 10, 2010
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley was awarded $5,000 to fund their Veterans Caregiver Assistance Program. Ohio caregivers deserve our gratitude and respect for compassionately caring for their loved ones, friends and neighbors. They make noble sacrifices, help others remain in their own homes and play an increasingly important role in the state's health care system. At Hospice of Hope-Ohio Valley, we see an increasing need for relief for the caregivers, especially those caring for our veterans. In the rural areas we serve, many of them also care for children or grandchildren and are so overly stressed that it compromises their own health and well-being.

The Veterans Caregiver Assistance Program enters its sixth year of utilization through receipt of these needed funds. This program works in conjunction with Hope HomeCare, a private duty service owned and operated by Hospice of Hope, which provides relief for the caregivers of veteran patients in the counties we serve in Ohio. Among our veterans that need this service in their homes and nursing homes, we also extend this service to our local Veterans Home, one of only two located in Ohio.


Caregiver Workshop: Finding Balance & Support
April 6, 2010

hether you provide 24/7 care or run errands once a month for your neighbor, you are a caregiver! Family caregivers provide the overwhelming majority of long-term care in the United States. Over three quarters (78%) of the adults living in the community are in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their source of help. You are not alone - join us for the informative workshop series and meet others who are experiencing many of the same issues as your family, have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about community resources. Series Topics: April 15th - What's In Your Toolbox, May 13th - Finding Balance, June 17th - Advance Planning, July 15th - Coping With Stress. Sessions are 5:30-6:30PM and are held at the Lewis County Health Department. Participants may register for all or single topics. Limited respite care services are available. Workshop is free and open to the public. Call Jill Bentley at 606-796-2632 for more information or to register.!



Hospice of Hope to Hosts 2010 HFA Grief Teleconference
March 16, 2010

n Wednesday, March 24, 2009, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Hope will serve as the host site for Hospice Foundation of America's 17th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference, "Living With Grief: Cancer and End-of-Life Care". The 2010 teleconference will address care options related to cancer diagnoses, as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families, and professional caregivers. The teleconference will also examine psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease. Three hours of continuing education will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, counselors, home health aides and other professionals. To register or for more information call Peg Lynch at 937-444-4900


Volunteer Support When Needed the Most
March 10, 2010

Back row Left to right: City of Maysville Mayor - David Cartmell, Bob Tribby, Blake Tribby, Front Row, Hospice Aide - Donna Rees

uring our recent snow storms, many of our staff had difficulty getting to our rural patient homes. At times our service areas were under snow emergencies however, we still had patients that needed our services and care. Hospice of Hope called on area volunteers to help transport our clinical workers to and from our patients homes. With their help, we were able to deliver medicine, medical supplies and provide routine assessments. Hospice of Hope would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped us through this difficult time.

 




15th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Was Well Attended
March 10, 2010

Gary DeVaughn with his
15 year award

ospice of Hope would like to thank all of those who helped make our 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon a success. Over the past 15 years, this annual event has raised over $50,000 to support end-of -life care. During this year's event, Hospice of Hope honored those who have attended every year along with a special award to long-time emcee, Gary DeVaughn. Gary commented, "It's been such as blessing in my life to be able to be a part of this annual event. I look forward each year, to help support the cause and to be amongst our friends". Click here to see a list of our Honor/Memory Wall.

 




Mother's Legacy Luncheon
March 10, 2010

n Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 11:30 a.m., Hospice of Hope will host a Mother's Legacy Luncheon for women remembering and honoring their mothers and other influential women in their lives. Liz Bonis, anchor and health reporter for WKRC television in Cincinnati, will be the guest speaker. She will be speaking about the gift of a mother's legacy. If interested in attending, please contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243 by March 22, as seating is limited. Click here for more information.



National Social Work Month
March 10, 2010

arch is National Professional Social Work Month, and Hospice of Hope is proud to recognize the contributions and devotion of its social workers who play such an important role in hospice care. "It's important that, as hospice caregivers, we provide comfort in the physiological as well as the emotional sense," said Hospice of Hope Executive Director Kavin Cartmell. "Hospice of Hope social workers walk every step of the hospice journey with patients and their families. They offer a shoulder to cry on, emotional support, and assistance with planning, all of which are crucial during such a difficult time."

A large part of the social worker's role is listening to patients' and family members' stories, helping them understand the end-of-life process, providing counseling and supporting them emotionally during that journey. Additionally, social workers assess the needs of patients' loved ones, including respite. They can assist with funeral planning and with finding legal assistance to help with advance directives (living wills and medical power of attorney documents) and child custody arrangements. They can also help families find resources to meet financial needs. We thank our social workers for the good they do every day. It truly makes a difference!



Hospice of Hope Bereavement Groups & Events
February 11, 2010

ospice of Hope is offering bereavement support groups and events to allow people who have experienced a loss to come together to learn about the grief process, develop strategies that will assist in the healing journey, find support, and share insights and stories with others who have also experienced loss.

Ongoing groups are available for individuals who have recently lost a loved one, as well as for those who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss; and an ongoing group for suicide survivors. In addition, a 4-week group will be held for those who have recently experienced a loss, and a 6-week group for individuals who have lost a spouse.

Other planned events include spring memorial services; Mountain Pathway - a family gathering designed to bring healing and encouragement to children, teens, and adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one; and Hope for the Holidays workshops and memorial services scheduled each fall to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available. For more information contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243.



Hospice of Hope to Host Workshops
February 11, 2010

n Friday, March 19, 2010, Hospice of Hope will collaborate with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work to present two workshops at the Maysville office.

"Motivational Interviewing: The Basics" will be presented by Patty Rudd, LCSW and Director of Addiction Services with Comprehend, Inc. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The training will focus on six essential areas of motivational interviewing. This interviewing style and technique is useful for healthcare providers, therapists, doctors, social workers, or any other professional who is trying to motivate change within their client/patient population.

"Spirituality and Social Work Practice" will be presented from 1-4 p.m. This experiential workshop will use music, video, lecture and small group exercises to discuss the spiritual needs of clients and assessment. The workshop will also give participants a chance to work through ethical dilemmas in which personal spiritual values conflict with client choices.

3.0 hours of continuing education for each session will be available for social workers. For more information call Hospice of Hope at 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848 or register online at www.uksocialworkonline.com.



Leadership Horizons Explores Health & Human Services Day
January 19, 2010

he 2009-2010 Leadership Horizons class had a full agenda for their monthly session which took place on Thursday, January 14. The sessions focus was on health and human services within our Buffalo Trace District. The day began at Fleming County Hospital where the diverse group of community leaders were treated to a wonderful breakfast and an enlightening discussion by hospital CEO, Davey Lloyd. The eventful day then moved onto the Women's Crisis Center (WCC) whom provided an in-depth tour of their facility. Leadership Horizon participants were impressed by the numbers of lives touched by the WCC; it was evident what an impact the center has on those that utilize the facility.

The day continued with a visit to Meadowview Regional Medical Center (MRMC) where they enjoyed a tour of the newly expanded emergency room and had lunch with Chad Patrick, CEO who enlightened the group on an overview of the hospital. Primary Care Plus was also on-hand to share their business with the class to provide free health screenings to participants.

Later in the day, the group continued with its agenda and toured other health and human related services in the Buffalo Trace area by visiting Hospice of Hope. During this tour they were treated to full body massages and hand wax treatments as well as a general overview of the end-of-life services provided by Hospice of Hope. The day concluded with tours of the Dialysis Center and the Maysville Cancer Treatment Center.



Long Time Hospice Chaplain Has Retirement Celebration
January 15, 2010

n a celebration held last Friday, Hospice of Hope Chaplain Gorman Parrish, M DIV officially retires. Gorman had been a faithful Chaplain and hospice advocate for over 10 years. During his duration with Hospice of Hope he held many different roles on several teams that included bereavement care and chaplaincy. At his retirement party Gorman commented. "I feel that God chose me for this role and profession. It's a job that I find very difficult to walk away from. The patients and families that I was privileged to work with every day were truly a blessing from above". Hospice of Hope thanks Gorman for his years of service and wishes him the best in his next chapter of life.


Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Volunteer Training
January 10, 2010

training program for people willing to donate their time and talents to the Hospice of Hope program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab, Ohio. The orientation will include short lectures and discussion outlining our volunteer program and the services provided by Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.

No job is too big or too small for our volunteers. Often the most important thing a volunteer can do is be there for patients, reassuring them they are not alone, holding a hand, offering a smile, or lending an ear. It's your choice. The rewards are enormous. Some of the services provided by our Hospice of Hope Volunteers are visiting patients at home, in the hospital, nursing home or our Inpatient Center, transporting a patient to doctor appointments, assisting in the office with clerical tasks, or joining our flower garden club.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, call Donna Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, at 800-928-4848 or email dburke@hohope.org.



Hospice of Hope to Host HFA Grief Teleconference
January 6, 2010

n Wednesday, March 24, 2009, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Hope will serve as the host site for Hospice Foundation of America's 17th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference, "Living With Grief: Cancer and End-of-Life Care". The 2010 teleconference will address care options related to cancer diagnoses, as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families, and professional caregivers. The teleconference will also examine psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease. Three hours of continuing education will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, counselors, home health aides and other professionals. To register or for more information call Hospice of Hope at 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848.



DP&L Bowling for a Cause
November 10, 2009

epresentatives from Dayton Power & Light's Stewart & Killen Stations recently conducted a bowling fundraiser to support Hospice of Hope. Linda Kirschner, Materials Processor for the Killen Station in Manchester, spearheaded this fundraiser and stated, "We (DP&L) really want to do something positive for Hospice of Hope as they have effected so many people in our communities. We thought that having a bowling event would both be fun and yet raise funds to support needed programs."

Michael Parker, Director of PR & Development for Hospice of Hope added, "We are so thankful to have such strong community partners to help our organization succeed. This event is yet another example of how an idea blossoms into something really special".

Proceeds from this event raised nearly two-thousand dollars which will we applied towards the newly created "Hope and Dreams" program.


15th annual Hospice of Hope Bowl-A-Thon Scheduled for February 20th & 21st
January 19, 2010
eady to Bowl? Hospice of Hope is sponsoring the 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon at Town and Country Lanes in Aberdeen, OH this February. This fundraising event will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00PM and Sunday, February 21st at 1:00PM. Registration has already begun so be sure to reserve your space early, as lanes are extremely limited.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to come out and join the fun and to support Hospice of Hope. The cost is $15 per person for 3 games and includes ball, shoe rental, chips and drink. There will be door prizes, silent auction, raffle tickets and back by popular demand color pins. To register to bowl, contact Town and Country Bowling Lanes at 937-795-2153.


Executive Director Kavin Cartmell Appointed to National Data Advisory Council
September 16, 2009

avin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope, was recently appointed to the National Data Advisory Council. This group, representative of the National Hospice & Palliaitve Care (NHPCO) committees and the Alliance for Care at the End of Life, will serve as the industry's leader in the discussions of hospice payment reform and will provide insights to The Moran Company (a Washington-based health care research and consulting firm) as the data analysis commences and continues. The Advisory Council will engage with our consultants in spirited discussions on possible payment models, their strengths and weaknesses, and will be a part of the discussions about what could be suggested to CMS regarding hospice payment reform.

Kavin Cartmell stated, "It's a privilege to be invited to serve on such an important committee but greater than that is our region will have a voice in the nation's healthcare reform discussion going on in D.C. in regards to end-of-life care".


Winner of Vacation Raffle Announced at 2009 Gala
October 3, 2009

isty Parker was announced last week at Hospice of Hope's annual gala as the winner of the 200 Vacation Raffle. She won a 7-day 6 night golf/shopping getaway to Ellington Plantation at Myrtle Beach. This winning ticket entitled her to receive a three bedroom condo featuring three private bathrooms, a dining room with eat-in kitchen & bar, washer /dryer and dual screened-in porches. Property is located near Murrells Inlet on an exclusive golf course which was rated Myrtle Beach course of the year in 2007. Hospice of Hope was sold tickets for $10 each with only 500 available. All proceeds benefit end-of-life care.



Own a Piece of History
November 23, 2009
ooking for that perfect gift for this Christmas? Order "A Thousand Shades of Green". This limited edition hardcover book contains 120 pages of our area's collected history from 1988 until now- brought to life by 164 beautiful Black & White photographs. This book contains stories and pictures that helped shape our communities over the past twenty years. Chapters include but not limited to Celebrities, Sports, Tourism and Commerce. Click here for a peek into chapter 1: Celebrities.

Click here to download a printable order form.

This is a book that you will want to own and give as a gift. As a special offer for this holiday season, Hospice of Hope will gift wrap and ship at no extra charge.


 

New Volunteers are Welcomed at a Recent Hospice of Hope Training Session
November 23, 2009
Hospice of Hope New Volunteers (pictured from left to right): Donna Burke (Volunteer Coordinator), Rita Abner, Rhonda Burton, Joyce Housh, Phyllis Bishop, Sophia Sexton, Sue Butterfield, Daniel Cloud, Lawrence Rigdon, Libby Klenann, Lonnie Hutchinson, Janie Simms, Hutch Hutchinson, Angie Lathery, Brenda Hutchinson, Ayanna Carrington, Kavin Cartmell (Executive Director). Not pictured: Pam Adams.
ospice of Hope recently conducted a formal training session to welcome new volunteers in our organization. Hospice of recently conducted a formal training session to welcome new volunteers into our organization. Each year Hospice of Hope schedules formal training sessions to provide an overview of the organization and to teach our new volunteers about the hospice philosophy. Volunteers are needed in a variety of categories such as patient transportation, office work, fundraising and general patient needs. If you are interested in becoming a Hospice of Hope volunteer, contact Donna Burke to be scheduled for the next training session in early 2010.

Hope for the Holidays
October 8, 2009
orkshops are scheduled each Fall in Hospice of Hope's Kentucky and Ohio service areas to provide our families and communities an opportunity to commemorate the death of loved ones and gain insight on how to cope with the approaching holiday season.

This year, we will present "Hope for the Holidays - How Are You Coping?" - a workshop designed to give you strategies for managing your grief during the holidays. Come join us to share ideas, learn coping strategies, and discover ways to remember and honor your loved ones through the holiday season. You will learn how to identify holiday stressors and strategies to cope with the holidays while grieving. We will make a remembrance ornament and share in a wreath lighting memorial. The holidays are a difficult time for many who grieve. All programs are free and open to the community. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to attend with you.

November 1, 2009
Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m.

Germantown United Methodist Church
4027 Broadway Alley
Germantown, KY
November 5, 2009
Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m.

Maysville Nursing & Rehab
620 Parker Road
Maysville, KY
November 15, 2009
Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m.

Pendleton County Extension Office
45 David Pribble Drive
Falmouth, KY
November 15, 2009
Workshop at 2:00 p.m.

Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley
215 Hughes Blvd.
Mt. Orab, OH
November 22, 2009
Workshop at 2:00 p.m.

Hospice of Hope
909 Kenton Station Drive
Maysville, KY
 

Please R.S.V.P. to Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243

In addition, holiday memorial services are traditionally held in Bracken and Pendleton counties. For more information contact Peg Lynch.



Hospice of Hope Partners with Dobbins Nursing Home in New Richmond
October 8, 2009
Pictured from left to right: Front Row: Shirley Leopard, Nurse; Vera Smith, Nurse Assistant, and Ann Horn, Dietician, all with Dobbins; Back Row: Jessica Sanders, Social Worker, Sarah Shepherd, Nurse, Tyia Osborne, Nursing Supervisor, & Erin Richmond, Provider Relations Representative, all with Hospice of Hope. Pictured in red is Janet Keith with Dobbins Housekeeping
ospice of Hope is proud to announce that they are now offering quality end-of-life care services to patients and families at Dobbins Nursing Home in New Richmond. Dobbins Nursing Home is a small, quiet 22-bed facility that offers down-home values while providing current and accurate nursing services. The small size of their facility allows the opportunity to provide individual care, with special emphasis on personal care. In fact, Dobbins Nursing Home recently received a 94% customer satisfaction approval rating from the Ohio Department on Aging in response to family satisfaction surveys.

Mr. Steve Meeker, Director of Dobbins Nursing Facility said, "We are always trying to provide the very best care we can to our community. We think that by partnering with Hospice of Hope we can now also offer the very best in end-of-life care".

Hospice of Hope brings over 21 year of hospice experience to Dobbins Nursing Home. Hospice of Hope provides a special kind of care and support for persons in the last phases of a life-limiting illness so that they may live as fully and as comfortable as possible. To find out more about how Hospice of Hope can help you and or your family or about Dobbins Nursing Home call 1-800-928-4243.



Donna Burke Announced as the New Volunteer Coordinator
September 9, 2009

ospice of Hope is pleased to introduce Donna Burke as the new Volunteer Coordinator. Donna is stepping into this role after more than 17 years of service by former coordinator Wanda Paul. As Volunteer Coordinator, Donna will be challenged to recruit new volunteers to help with patients needs, light office work, transportation services, flower garden helps and even fundraisers. When asked about her new role Donna commented, "Really excited about the challenge and am looking forward to working with current and future volunteers who have similar interest and goals. Hospice of Hope plays such an important community role and am just honored to be a part of such a quality organization".

Donna chose to work for Hospice of Hope both for its outstanding tradition and for the remarkable care they gave her Mamaw. She encourages you to call with questions, concerns, or new ideas you would like to share. Please feel free to contact her at 606-759-4050 or email at dburke@hohope.org. She is looking forward to meeting and working with all of our remarkable volunteers! Thank you so much for your dedication, care, and loyalty.


Trouble at the Tropicabana Was a Huge Success
October 3, 2009

ast Saturday night at Hospice of Hope's annual gala the Fantastical Theatrical's presented "Trouble at the Tropicabana". Guests took a stroll down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, Fred and enjoyed an evening at Ricky's nightclub, the Tropicabana. Just as Ricky was about to sign a contract with movie mogul heiress Celia B. Demilo guests were introduced to the notorious "Mr. Big" and learned that a murder had happened. That's right, Murder!

It was a fun filled evening with silent auctions, raffle baskets and tremendous audience participation. Hospice of Hope would like to thank those who came to our evening of fun, businesses who sponsored our event and those who donated gift items to support this annual fundraiser.

2009 Gala Sponsors
US Bank Bank of Maysville
Meadowview Regional Medical Center First State Bank
EPT Trace Creek Construction
5/3 Banks Citizen's Deposit Bank
Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Mason Family Drug
Maysville Community & Technical College Edward Jones
WFTM The Ledger Independent
D&D Catering


Hillsboro Eagle Riders Hold Poker Run to Benefit Hospice of Hope
September 28, 2009

agle Riders of the Hillsboro OH Eagles club #1161 recently conducted the 1st annual Poker Run with proceeds benefiting Hospice of Hope. This 117 mile Poker Run, coordinated by Judy Roberts of local Eagles Club, was open to all 4 wheel vehicles. During the event there were 50/50 drawings, raffles and door prizes in addition to dinner.

Mrs. Roberts recently had firsthand experience with Hospice of Hope and decided that she needed to organize a fundraiser to help support Hospice of Hopes quests for quality end-of-life care services.

Below is an excerpt from a letter written by Mrs. Judy Roberts of Hillsboro.

"My first real knowledge of Hospice of Hope came when I was taking care of my mother who suffered from Alzheimer Disease. With virtually no help from family members, I turned to the medical community for help. Hospice of Hope came into my home the last few months of her life and what a blessing it was. They were there for me 24/7 if needed. Hospice of Hope had someone there me to help through the last hours that were both painful to me and to my mother. I can never thank these people enough for everything they did for me and for my mother!"



Long Time Volunteer Coordinator Wanda Paul Has Farewell Celebration
September 23, 2009

anda Paul recently announced her official retirement from Hospice of Hope after 17 years of service. Wanda worked primarily as a member of the Community Resource Team as the Volunteer Coordinator. During her years at Hospice of Hope she trained hundreds of volunteers who have given more than 50,000 hours to help those who face life-limiting illnesses. She has also helped to cultivate countless donors and was there to pioneer several fundraisers throughout the years. Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope stated, "Wanda has been instrumental in forming our Hospice of Hope public image with her tireless efforts and community contacts. Her dedication and compassion to this line of work will truly be missed!"  Wanda says that she has retired but intends stay on board as an active volunteer. She stated, "That this was a job you can't just walk away from. If your hearts in it, you will still do everything you can to help those in needs and I plan to do just that."


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