Read this recent article in The New York Times by Ira Byock, a palliative care physician and the director of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, and the author of "The Best Care Possible." Read article >
Dan Hurley from Local 12 Newsmakers talks with Janet Montgomery from Hospice of Cincinnati about the recent attention to end-of-life issues brought to the national stage by Brittany Maynard who posted a video on YouTube about her request to choose her death date and die with dignity. This 25 minute interview discusses a variety of issues related to end-of-life choices in detail. Click here to watch the video >
Brittany Maynard posted a video on YouTube about her request to choose her death date and die with dignity has had more than 9 million views. Channel 12's Ask The Expert talked with Janet Montgomery at Hospice of Cincinnati. Montgomery pointed out that something good has already come from all this, many people are having a conversation about dying, something most don't ordinarily do. It can help people learn they have choices about how they want to die and the quality of life at the end of it. Click here to watch the video >
On this episode of FOCUS, Kathy Lehr talks with Sandra Lober and Barb Rose about programs offered at Hospice Care in Cincinnati. The goal of this care is for the patient to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible while receiving emotional, psychological and spiritual support. Click here to watch the program >
The 'oldest old', those 85 and over, are America’s fastest growing age group. The growth rate for that segment is four times that of the total population. People with relatives in that age group or those who have reached that point themselves, should become familiar with the options for aggressive treatment modern medicine offers, options that weren’t available when the previous generations of elderly approached the end. Read article >
TriHealth President and CEO John S. Prout recently wrote an article introducing Hospice of Cincinnati's new program called Conversations of a Lifetime, which encourages earlier planning between physicians, patients and families. As he explains, "This initiative equips physicians with skills to initiate and continue end-of-life conversations. They enable everyone to express what’s most important in terms of treatment and quality of life, and give providers an easier way to honor these wishes." Read article >
Hospice of Cincinnati recently launched a new project called Conversations of a Lifetime™ to help families, individuals, in the medical community began the tough talks about the final stages of life sooner. This program is possible thanks to a $2.3 million grant from Bethesda Inc. and Catholic Health Initiatives. Click here to read the full article on Cincinnati.com.
Discussing end-of-life decisions is always a difficult task. But Sandra Lobert, CEO of Hospice of Cincinnati, says including family members in the process can make things easier in the long-run. Ms. Lobert talked with WNKU's Matt Kelley about how hospice can help. Click here to listen to the program.
Nearly a thousand people hiked for Hospice of Cincinnati this weekend. The event allows you to walk in memory of a loved one. One of those supporting this event has become an advocate for hospice. His name is Marvin Butts and Local 12 met up with him at his car detailing car business so he could tell us about his friend, Lovely. Medical reporter Liz Bonis shares his story in Medical Edge. Click here to watch the video
Kerri and Rich Mathews have seen three family members spend their last days in the care of Hospice of Hamilton. They've been so impressed with the "angelic" care, they have been regular participants in the annual Hike For Hospice. Today will be their 10th event. Click here to read the entire article.
A $2.3 million grant to Hospice of Cincinnati will help launch an initiative to encourage doctors, terminally ill patients and their families to begin talking earlier about end-of-life planning. "The reason for the project is that so many people are not aware that they have a terminal illness," said Sandra Lobert, president and CEO. "And more importantly, they haven’t thought about what they want and talked to their families about it." Click here to read the entire article.
The 2013 Donna West Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Margie Namie, an active Hospice of Cincinnati board member and volunteer. Margie is currently the Divisional Vice President of Quality for Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio and Community Mercy Health Partners in Springﬁeld. Margie served as chairperson of the Hospice of Cincinnati Board of Trustees for the last two years, vice chairperson from 2009 to 2011 and as chair of the Quality Improvement Committee in 2007. She currently chairs the Marketing Committee and is an active volunteer for the annual Hike for Hospice of Cincinnati.
Nancy Glorius, chief of clinical operations and system development, speaks with George Whitton of New Thought Unity Center on WMKV about hospice care and how Hospice of Cincinnati provides the most comprehensive and coordinated care for patients and their families including grief services.
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Lilias Folan, the first lady of yoga and well-known host of the long-running television program, "Lilias, Yoga and You," provided a stress relief and relaxation session for Hospice of Cincinnati caregivers and staff on Friday, March 1st, at the Hospice of Cincinnati corporate offices, 4360 Cooper Road, in Blue Ash. The value of self care is crucial in helping to ensure that all of Hospice of Cincinnati's nurses, aides and other staff members remain emotionally and spiritually equipped to provide personalized care to each and every patient. Lilias Folan's session for the HOC staff used a chair yoga format that focused on specific techniques to relieve stress and create a relaxing state of body, mind and spirit. "We recognize the value of giving the same care to our staff that they give to patients and their families," stated Sandra Lobert, CEO of Hospice of Cincinnati. "Reenergizing staff and, showing our appreciation for their unique gifts of caring for people at the end-of-life go hand in hand." Ms. Folan has spent over 40 years inspiring students and teachers throughout the USA, Canada and Europe with the benefits of yoga. She currently conducts yoga teacher training and general yoga classes in various locations around Cincinnati. For more information about these classes or Lilias, please visit www.liliasyoga.com or call 513-561-9642.
Hospice of Cincinnati continues to lead the way in terms ofeducating families and raising awareness about hospice care as evidenced by our two new, groundbreaking TV commercials. Entitled "On My Own Terms," the two spots feature diverse individuals speaking to the viewer from different rooms of their respective homes. Hospice of Cincinnati’s vision is to help families embrace the value of end-of-life (EOL) planning so that they are prepared when facing EOL issues. For some, that might mean hospice care. Others may want everything possible done, every last treatment tried. The point is that it’s important to communicate what you want so your EOL experience is what you hoped for. The new commercials are designed to create conversation and give people the opportunity to think about what is most important to them—and talk about it with those they love. As one of the commercials so eloquently states: contacting Hospice of Cincinnati "is not giving up. It’s speaking up."
At the Montgomery City Council Business Session, Mayor Ken Suer presented a Proclamation to Hospice of Cincinnati proclaiming November 2012 as National Hospice Care Month in the City of Montgomery. Janet Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer for Hospice of Cincinnati, received the proclamation on behalf of the organization. Here is a photo of Janet receiving the award from Ken at the Council meeting.
Ira Byock helps people living with incurable conditions know what to expect, advocate for themselves, and imagine how they could live fully through this stage of life. He tells stories of real people who describe things they did and times that were meaningful to them and their families as they approached their lives’ ends. Click here for more info about this compelling book >
Hospice of Cincinnati is the 2011 recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council’s sixth annual Innovative Solutions Award, created to celebrate unique approaches to clinical or non-clinical health care process improvements, patient care initiatives, or innovative change projects. The award was presented at the Health Council’s recent Solutions in Quality and Patient Safety event. Read article >
Should doctors discuss probable life expectancy with patients who don’t have a terminal illness? Authors of a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine say “YES!” These researchers favor broaching the subject with anyone who has a life expectancy of less than 10 years or has reached age 85. In this NY Times blog, the reader comments are as interesting as the article. Read article >
New Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center
On November 20, 2011 Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, a center for grieving children, celebrated the opening of the first and only grief center in the Tri-State area. The grief center is located on the Hospice of Cincinnati campus in Blue Ash at Cooper Rd and Reed Hartman Highway. Thanks to a meaningful gift from Eddie and Arlene Goldstein, the grief center has been permanently named The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center. The mission of the Grief Center is to promote healing for life after loss.
HOC “Wins” the Vote; Accepts Check from The Kenwood
Hospice of Cincinnati leaders Sandra Lobert, Janet Montgomery, and Lauren Scharf had the opportunity to attend the opening of The Kenwood, by Senior Star, a 288-unit premier senior living community on Kenwood Road. The three-story residential building provides the full continuum of care from independent living to skilled nursing facilities.
Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?
Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions — and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left.
The New Yorker, 8/2/2010. Click here to read the entire article.
End-Of-Life Care at Home Can Improve Quality of Life for Patients and Families
Oncologist Recommends Discussing Treatment Options
63-year-old Lois Riley and oncologist Alexi Wright talk about the decision to undergo less intensive chemo in order to spend quality time with family. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, 12/27/2010.
Click here to watch the entire segment.
The Cost of Dying: End-of-Life Care
Many Americans spend their last days in an intensive care unit, subjected to uncomfortable machines or surgeries to prolong their lives at enormous cost. CBS News, 60 Minutes, 8/8/2010. Click here to watch the entire segment.
Hospice of Cincinnati Teen Volunteer Lends Comfort to the Dying
Kyle Nienaber, co-valedictorian at Beechwood High School, volunteers at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash every other Sunday. He has been giving his time to help the dying since he was 13, and recently received the Terrific Teen Award. Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/27/2010. Click here to read the entire article.
60 Minutes TV Segment on End of Life Care
60 Minutes ran a special segment called "The Cost of Dying". It includes a very well prepared,
in-depth 4 page article and 3 videos about end of life care and the value of hospice services.
CBS News, 60 Minutes, 11/22/2009. Click here to see the entire segment.
Preparing for the Final Hours
Should you have a living will specifying the kind of care you'd want at the end of life if you couldn't speak for yourself? Wall Street Journal, 8/18/2009. Click here to read the entire article.
At the End, Offering Not a Cure but Comfort
As an aging population wrangles with how to gracefully face the certainty of death, the moral and economic questions presented by palliative care are unavoidable. The New York Times, 8/19/2009. Click here to read the entire article.