Hospice program an integral part of health care system in Morrow County
By Evelyn Long
With the beginning of a new year, Hospice of Morrow County is prepared to continue their professional and caring concern through service and programs that have been well established.
Among the professionals there is a medical director who is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care; nurses who are trained to manage pain and symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week, home health aides who offer personal care; a social worker trained to give financial counseling, advanced directives and emotional support; chaplains sharing spiritual services and leading grief support groups and the volunteers graciously give all levels of patient and family care. They also cook, sew and conduct work in the office. These volunteers are invaluable in fund raising and 11th hour vigil teams.
“We are here for people who are encountering terminal illness or chronic disease and are left with no curative treatment options,” said a spokesperson. The hospice team provides quality management of a person’s care. Amazingly, 10 to 15 per cent of all hospice patients are discharged because their health improves.
Offered free of charge are adult grief support groups, children’s grief camps, the Butterfly Memorial, the Angel Tree Memorial, and one-on-one grief support.
Among the bereavement support groups are the Lunch with Friends held the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at the Pizza Hut; Broken Dreams, the first Monday or Tuesday of the month and Dancing in the Rain.
Hospice of Morrow County, established in 1991, is certified by Medicare, and by Medicaid, licensed by the state of Ohio; a member of the Midwest Care Alliance, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Morrow County Chamber of Commerce. Hospice of Morrow County is a 501 ©3 tax deductible organization.
Hospice is a philosophy about end of life care. It is not a place. The goals are always to honor and support a person’s life and to carry out their wishes. “We strive to put a person’s health back in his or her own control and to make every day the best if can be,” said Karen Veronica, Executive director.
Hospice is for people with health issues such as cancer, heart problems, disease of the lung, kidneys or liver, dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Hospice care is a Medicare benefit. Hospice is also covered by Medicaid, VA and private insurance. For more information, please call Hospice of Morrow County at 419–846-9822.
Board members are Herb Baldwin, Jenifer Burnaugh, Mary Jo Corwin, Donna Dursten, Gene Gompf, Clara Hilton, Kim Janick, Ed Kline, Chad Snyder, Jim Trainer, Frances Turner, Gill Ullom, Mike Warwick and Noni Wheeler.
Dr. Jesse Frank is the medical director; Tom Whiston, pharmacy consultant; and Dave Matos is the chaplain. Registered nurses include Robyn Stiffler, Samantha McFarland, Karen Smotherman, Cookie Kommer, Pat Clark, Karen Smotherman, and Marie Bishop. Suzi Colegrove, Terri Clark, Tammy Stotts and Kim Pfleiderer hold the title of STNA; Tina Kelly is finance director; Jan Lower is administrative coordinator; and Shelley Drame is MSW Social Worker. Rhonda Conrad is an LPN.