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Medical Edge: Advance Directives
February 26, 2015
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.

Honoring an American Hero
October 28, 2013
s part of Hospice of Hope’s We Honor Veterans program, we recently partnered with Maysville Nursing & Rehab Facility to honor U.S. Army PFC William “Cecil” Smith for his service to our country as a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war. Although Mr. Smith spoke of his service and time spent as a POW, Jill Bentley (Hospice of Hope Social Worker) realized he had never received the benefits or medals for his service. With the help of Sarah Berryman (MNRF Activities Director) and Penny Craig (Veterans Affairs representative) they were determined to change that.

On September 4th Mr. Smith was recognized by representatives from the National Guard, and state and local governments. Mayor David Cartmell proclaimed September 4, 2013 as “William Cecil Smith Day” in Maysville. Smith was also named a Honorary Kentucky Colonel, courtesy of Representative Mike Denham and Governor Steve Beshear.

Surviving three years as a POW in Germany was a testament to Mr. Smith being a farm boy with the know-how to survive. He ate grass and wild onions, and whatever else he could to survive. Bernice Cord, Smith’s niece recalled, “They about starved him to death. He was never a big fellow, but he weighed about 70 pounds when he was rescued. He said he had to be carried, and the soldier carrying him cried.”

“All military personnel need to be honored for their service to our country, and to ensure that someone who endured everything that he did is recognized. This is something we are very honored to be a part of” stated Bentley. Hospice of Hope and Maysville Nursing & Rehab Facility would like to thank all the men and women have have served our country – past and present.

To better serve veterans at the end of life, Hospice of Hope is a member of both the Hospice Veteran Partnership and the We Honor Veterans National Campaign. The Hospice Veteran Partnership is a national network of hospices and veteran partnerships working to better serve the needs of veterans at the end of life.

Arroyo, Hospice of Hope Grant Patient Wish
October 28, 2013
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.

Quality Healthcare Organizations Must Adapt to Remain Functional
September 26, 2012
Kavin's article appeared in the September 25th edition of The Ledger Independent.

or the past 19 years, I have devoted my professional career to enhance, evolve, advocate, and most importantly provide exceptional care for those who suffer from life-limiting illnesses. As a nurse and executive director, I understand the healthcare world is an ever changing landscape and successful organizations must adapt their methods of delivery and access to ensure that they are meeting the diverse needs of their communities.

As a country, our population demographics are shifting, and we are growing older. Statistically, Baby Boomers are the largest generation in American history, accounting for about 77.6 million Americans. As this generation enters retirement, we recognize our need to improve access and offered services to better accommodate the changing needs.

In 2013, Hospice of Hope will celebrate a quarter century of providing high quality Hospice services to more than 10,000 patients in our 12-county service area.

As the director of this vital community service, I realize our work and challenges are just beginning. Over the next decade, the healthcare environment faces stiff regulatory changes, a growing senior population, and financially strapped entitlement programs that will affect the way we (Hospice industry) do business.

Over the past few years, Hospice of Hope has been preparing for these challenges with the addition of more efficient and costs saving technology resources, elevated training and selection criteria for our staff, and the continuous evolution of our quality services such as our continuous care team, our veterans intensive initiatives and our private duty service - Hope HomeCare.

Later this year, we will open two new facilities that better align our organization for this changing environment. The first will be an 8-bed Hospice Care Center that will be designed to offer a premier level of Hospice services in a home like atmosphere. The second new facility will be a 32-apartment, assisted living community that will offer a new and diverse senior living option for our seniors.

We are committed to the philosophy of “aging in place” and will continue to enhance our services in order to bring the best possible care to those who live in our service area. We hope that we can count on your support to help bring the “Future of Senior Living” to our community.

Hospice of Hope Chaplain Visits African Hospice
September 14, 2012
A care room inside the Cicetekelo Hospice.

haplain Donna Kasik recently travelled to Ndola, Zambia for three weeks to visit the Cicetekelo Hospice, which is Hospice of Hope’s partner in the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA). Kasik’s visit focused primarily on assessing the African hospice’s needs and how the funds sent from Hospice of Hope are used. She attended meetings, looked at their budget to determine how Hospice of Hope can best meet needs and researched what types of grants to request in the future.
Donna Kasik and another visitor play with orphaned children in the Saint Anthony Village compound, where Kasik lived during her visit.

During her visit, the chaplain joined the hospice team on its visits to the surrounding villages, which were “mud huts, with no electricity or plumbing.” Kasik explains, “Due to lack of funding, Cicetekelo serves only the poorest of the poor, since they financially cannot serve all of the people in their community, and must choose the villages where people are in the most need… it is sad that hospice care must be ‘rationed’ in this manner.” She continues on a brighter note by adding, “Many people in sub-Saharan Africa would be suffering far more than they already do, but through FHSSA, we help make end of life more meaningful, far less painful, and give people the love, the compassion, and the care they would not otherwise receive.” Hospice care in Zambia is not funded by health insurance or any type of government program like Medicare or Medicaid, so the Cicetekelo Hospice depends completely on grants, donations, and FHSSA aid.

Donna Kasik poses with some Cicetekelo employees, who are wearing t-shirts from Hospice of Hope’s 2011 5K for FHSSA.

Kasik also attended a three-day training workshop about palliative and hospice care, which are new concepts in most parts of Africa. Hosted by the Ndola hospital and attended by nursing students, doctors, local clergy and community organizers, the workshop centered on the importance of hospice care, especially in the spiritual context. Kasik says that, “those who attended were very interested and felt well-informed.” The workshop was so important to the locals, it was broadcast on Ndola television, and Kasik herself was even interviewed!

During her visit, Kasik stayed in the Saint Anthony Village compound, where her neighbors were 107 orphaned children and about 25 adults living in a village for the elderly. Kasik explains that it is traditional for adult Africans to take care of their parents, but because of the AIDS/HIV crisis, many adults die at a young age, leaving behind young children and dependent elderly. In fact, the majority of the patients served by the Cicetekelo Hospice are HIV positive.

Cicetekelo Hospice workers show off their uniforms, which were purchased with funds from FHSSA and Hospice of Hope.

When asked what struck her most about life at the Cicetekelo Hospice, Kasik repeated a story the hospice manager had shared with her about seeing dying people occasionally left at the hospice compound gate by family members who could no longer care for them. These family members leave their sick and dying loved ones with the knowledge that the Cicetekelo Hospice will take that person in and care for them until they die. She continues, “I was also humbled at the love, the care, the commitment and the selflessness of the Cicetekelo workers towards one another, towards their patients, and towards me. I was showered with gifts when I left.”

Funds for the Cicetekelo Hospice are raised by voluntary contributions from Hospice of Hope employees, and by special FHSSA events. Some of the fundraisers in previous years have included a two-hour Zumbathon called Zumba for Zambia, and a sack-lunch delivery service known as Zandwiches for Zambia. October 6, 2012 will be the second annual 5K for FHSSA, a run/walk poised to raise even more money for the Cicetekelo Hospice. Funds in previous years have been used to buy blankets for the home for the elderly, to purchase uniforms for the hospice workers and care-givers, and toward the hospice’s general operating budget. 90% of funds raised for FHSSA by Hospice of Hope go directly to the Cicetekelo Hospice.

To learn more about the Cicetekelo Hospice, or about the upcoming 5K for FHSSA, contact Donna Kasik at or call (800) 928-4848. More information about the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa is available at

Construction Has Begun on the Assisted Living and Hospice Inpatient Center
January 5, 2012
View is from the parking lot of the new Hospice Inpatient Center. Ground has been leveled and ready for a foundation.

fter more than two years of planning, Hospice of Hope has officially broken ground on two exciting community projects. In late 2012, a 32-room Assisted Living Facility and an 8-bed Hospice Inpatient Center will call Maysville their home. As a recognized community unmet need, Hospice of Hope in the process of creating a “Senior Living Community” environment that residents will want to choose and consider when making lifestyle decisions. The design, location, amenities and grounds will create a desired homelike environment while in a safe supervised atmosphere. Highlights of the project will be Kenton Pointe Assistant Living Facility and Hospice of Hope Inpatient Care Center.

34 acres of land has been acquired adjacent to Kenton Station Golf Course in Maysville, Kentucky where construction has already begun with an anticipated completion date of late 2012 for both projects. The total costs of these projects is over $9.5 million dollars and Hospice of Hope had secured funding for just over $7.3 million. Currently, the organization is conducting a $2.2 million building campaign to complete the funding needs of the project. See attached brochure on how you or your business can help support these projects.

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17th Annual Hospice of Hope Bowl-A-Thon
January 5, 2012
he 17th annual Hospice of Hope Bowl-A-Thon is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th. As always, this annual fundraiser will be held at T&C Bowling Alley in Aberdeen, OH with all proceeds supporting end-of-life care services at Hospice of Hope. For only $15 you can enjoy three games of bowling that comes with shoes, a ball, soft drink and chips. Start times for Saturday will be 2:00 and 12:30 on Sunday. We invite you to join us for a Fun Weekend of Bowling, Music, Raffle, Silent Auction, and our "Memory Wall". Purchase an "angel" in honor or memory of a loved one for only $1 each. Angels are available at Hospice of Hope, and at Town and Country Lanes. Also back this year is our Colored Pins where you can earn additional prizes. Call T&C Bowling Alley at 937-795-2153 to reserve your lane. Call today as spaces do spaces do fill up quickly. Click here to see the flyer.

Governor Presents $800,000 in Grant Funding for Hospice Assisted Living Project
January 25, 2011
entucky Governor Steve Beshear joined state and local officials in Maysville Friday for the presentation of $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for Hospice of Hope's planned assisted living facility and separate Hospice inpatient facility, known as Kenton Pointe Assisted Living.

"This is something to celebrate, ladies and gentlemen," Beshear said of the Hospice project. Beshear said harsh economic times and the state's budget woes eroding its ability to provide basic services should not and are not excuses for "doing nothing." "Instead, we have taken the opposite attitude here in Kentucky, we have become more aggressive in making things happen," he said.

Beshear said regardless of the economy, Kentuckians are finding ways to maintain and improve services, including access to quality health services. Beshear said it is hard to believe that there is no assisted living facility in the Buffalo Trace area, making the Hospice project a special cause for celebration.

The 32 units in the assisted living facility will each have a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and small laundry and provide senior citizens the independence many crave while placing them within reach of assistance when needed. The eight in-patient units for Hospice are for those who require more care and services but still allows them to be in a home-like environment.

Beshear said there is no better program than Hospice for such a project because of its service to people during a difficult time in their lives. "I'm proud that the state could step up and be a part of this," he said.

Beshear said a primary focus for his administration has been the creation of jobs, something this project will also allow. "It's going to create construction jobs and right now that's really good news… it will also, as I understand it, create 40 permanent jobs," he said.

During his remarks, Beshear spoke of other healthcare-related initiatives undertaken during his administration including K-Chip and a dental initiative, both of which increase health care access to children. "A healthy child or a healthy Kentuckian is going to be a productive Kentuckian," Beshear said.

Additionally, Beshear said the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program had helped secure more than $62 million in prescription drugs for those who cannot afford the necessary medications on their own.

Beshear said the state has laid the groundwork for a statewide network of trauma care and is in the process of establishing a health information exchange which can allow a doctor to access a person's full health history from anywhere. Beshear said the information exchange would reduce costs for people since fewer duplicate procedures would be done.

Beshear commended all who have been involved in the Hospice project, recognizing State Sen. Robin Webb, State Rep. Mike Denham, Mason County Judge-Executive James "Buddy" Gallenstein, Maysville Mayor David Cartmell, the Buffalo Trace Area District Development staff and Kavin Cartmell, executive director of Hospice of Hope, for their efforts.

Beshear also recognized Bob Vance, Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection secretary, and Tom Fern, state director of Rural Development from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "You know folks, these things don't just happen," Beshear said. "They happen because all of you come together to make it happen."

David Cartmell said there are two projects the city has been working on since he first became mayor. One, the Hayswood Hospital, is still a work-in-progress, but the dreams of an assisted living facility are coming to fruition.

Gallenstein also said an assisted living facility has been a goal since he became judge executive.

"What a great day for our community," he said.

Webb offered her congratulations for "Team Kavin" and praised Hospice for being a "special organization" that has touched many families, and will continue to touch families.

"I'm a baby boomer, too, and certainly the needs are going to be greater than perhaps the resources we have," she said.

Denham pulled a sheet of paper from his pocket during his remarks and said it was a list of projects foremost in his priorities. He said he is now able to mark off the assisted living project.

"On the other side of this I have new ones, which I'll talk to you about next week," Denham told Beshear.

Kavin Cartmell introduced Sally Teegarden to share her story about her experiences with Hospice. Hospice was with Teegarden's mother, father, mother-in-law and father-in-law when they passed. She also trained to be a volunteer with Hospice.

Teegarden said some time after she lost her father she ran into a woman who had helped care for him. That woman told Teegarden she still missed her father.

"Hospice of Hope became like an extended family to us," Teegarden said.

Teegarden said with Hospice of Hope, a family has peace and hope during a difficult time.

The final plans for the assisted living and in-patient facilities were unveiled during the presentation just before the check presentation, which Beshear joked was the "really important part."

The $800,000 in CDBG grant funding is only a portion of the funding for the project. Hospice of Hope has also received a Rural Development Community Facilities loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $3 million with an interest rate of 3.75 percent over 40 years.

Total cost for the project is estimated to be between $7 and 8 million.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2011 with the facility opening in 2012.

The facilities will be located on 25 acres near the Kenton Station Golf Course.


Copyright 2011 Ledger Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Hospice of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Mason County since 1988, has provided compassionate care and support to thousands of local residents and their families in relation to patients with terminal illness, according to a press release. Hospice of Hope covers more than 3,800 square miles in Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

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.
Ten Facts About Hospice Care You May Not Know
December 21, 2010

ome people mistakenly think hospice care is just about dying…that hospice is the place you call when there's nothing more that can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice helps patients and families focus on living.

Hospice care brings comfort, dignity, and peace to help people with a life-limiting illness live every moment of life to the fullest. It also reaches out to provide support for the family and friends who love and care for them.

Last year (2009), 1.56 million dying Americans were served by the nation's hospice providers. Yet, there are some important facts about hospice that people don't know. And this may be keeping people from getting the best care possible, when they need it most.

  1. Hospice is not a place; it's high-quality medical care that helps the patient and family caregivers focus on comfort and quality of life.
  2. Hospice is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, most insurance plans, HMOs, and managed care plans. Fear of costs should never prevent a person from accessing hospice care.
  3. Hospice serves anyone with a life-limiting illness, regardless of age or type of illness.
  4. Hospice serves people of all backgrounds and traditions; the core values of hospice–allowing the patient to be with family, including spiritual and emotional support, treating pain–cut across all cultures.
  5. Research has shown that the majority of Americans would prefer to be at home at the end of life's journey–hospice makes this possible for most people.
  6. Hospice serves people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  7. Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer.
  8. A person may keep his or her referring physician involved while receiving hospice care.
  9. Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members and the community.
  10. To get the most out of what hospice offers, it's better to have care for more than just a few days.

If this information about hospice surprises you, take the time to find out more. The best time to learn about hospice is before someone in your family is facing a healthcare crisis.

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.

Hospice of Hope Partners with the FHSSA Initiative
October 1, 2010
s part of the FHSSA partnership, Hospice of Hope has joined the program as a supporting hospice for an organization in Sub-Sarahan 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. Click Here for More Information about FHSSA.

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