Hospice of Cincinnati President and CEO Gayle Mattson was invited to discuss hospice care and end-of-life decision making on March 22 on local NPR affiliate WVXU-FM. Joining her on the talk show Cincinnati Edition was Christopher Smitherman, former Cincinnati Vice Mayor and City Councilman, who shared his story about his journey with his wife Pamela, who passed away in the care of Hospice of Cincinnati four years ago.
The story grew out of the renewed attention to hospice brought about by former President Jimmy Carter’s decision to forego further medical treatment and begin hospice care at his home in Georgia.
To listen to the discussion, click here: https://www.wvxu.org/show/cincinnati-edition/2023-03-22/what-hospice-care-how-family-prepare
Established in 1977, Hospice of Cincinnati is the fourth-oldest hospice in the country, and the oldest and largest in the Cincinnati region. Its mission as a non-profit organization is to create the best possible and most meaningful advanced illness and end-of-life experience for all who need care and support in the community.
In 2020, Hospice of Cincinnati and the multiple advanced illness and grief programs it created became HOC Navigators, designed to help guide people through advanced illness and the end of life. These programs include Hospice of Cincinnati, PalliaCare® Cincinnati, Conversations of a Lifetime®, Social Connections and The Goldstein Family Grief Center. Fernside, a 501(c)(3) organization, is an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati. Hospice of Cincinnati is sponsored by Bethesda Inc. in a collaborative community partnership with TriHealth and Bon Secours Mercy Health