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2017 Pioneer Award Winner
August 21, 2017
he Kentucky Association of Hospice & Palliative Care (KAHPC) 2017 Pioneer Award was given to Wanda Paul. Wanda Paul worked most of her career as the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice of Hope and was around when the organization was just beginning as one of the its’ first employees. Mrs. Paul has the unique ability to make every person she encounters feel like the most special person in the world. Her ability to listen and connect with the community allowed Hospice of Hope to make critical early business connections that helped the organization become what it is today.

Michael Parker, Director of PR & Develop for Hope of Hope stated, “Wanda Paul is one-of-a-kind. She never meets a stranger and has the ability to make people see the positive of every situation. Her calm, care free, and loving demeanor was a perfect fit for the organization and one that we were very lucky to have on our staff”.

Wanda has since retired from the organization to become a volunteer herself. She is currently serving the organization and member of our Board of Directors.


Charity Gala Scheduled for October 14th
August 28, 2017
he annual Hospice of Hope Charity Gala is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th. This year’s location will be the Limestone Center and will feature the sounds of Ray’s Music with special guest Beth Dean. Dinner and auction starts at 7PM with the evening concluding at 10PM. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased at Hospice of Hope Maysville Office or by calling 759-4050. Dress is business casual.


Being Mortal - Hope is Not a Plan
June 20, 2017
ospice of Hope and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley and the Blanchester Senior Center will host a free screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on Thursday, June 29th. This documentary investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows nationally renowned surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end. “Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name and was originally aired on PBS program ‘Frontline’. For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

This free screening will be on Thursday, June 19, 2017 beginning at Noon at the Blanchester, OH Senior Center. preferences. For more information about the screening contact Michael Parker or Erin Richmond at 937-444-4900.


Robert Albright, M.D. Becomes Medical Director
May 22, 2017
ospice of Hope and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley are excited to announce that Robert Albright, M.D. has joined the organization as full time Medical Director. Dr. Albright has been affiliated with the organization since 2009 as an Associate Medical Director and began his new role effective May 2017.

“I am privileged to be able to offer my skillset and expertise as Medical Director for Hospice of Hope. Being affiliated with the organization for many years, I feel this is a logical step and one that I hope to expand Hospice of Hope’s impact in our communities during my tenure”, added Dr. Albright.

Dr. Albright who is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neurology, and Neuro-Oncology, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Albright previous held the position as Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology, at the E.K. Hatton Research Institute in Cincinnati.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope stated. “We are extremely honored to have such a highly credentialed physician join our organization. Dr. Albright’s passion for Hospice and Palliative Medicine will further expand our quality footprint and position the organization to provide the best possible care to those that we serve.”

Hospice of Hope also contracts with Dr. Craig Denham, Dr. Christopher Haas, Dr Stephen Neus, Dr. Regina Melink, and Dr. Timothy McKinley as Associate Medical Directors. Additionally Nancee Albright, ANP and Lauren Holton APRN FNP-BC provide services as Nurse Practitioners. Hospice of Hope is a not for profit end-of-life care organization serving 12 counties in Kentucky and Ohio.


Hospice of Hope Named a 2017 ‘Hospice Honors’ Recipient
May 20, 2017
ospice of Hope has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

"Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am extremely proud of Hospice of Hope for achieving this highest of honors and I congratulate them on their success.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2015 through September 2016. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the Deyta Analytics’ Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. Deyta Analytics holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.

About HEALTHCAREfirst

HEALTHCAREfirst provides cloud based technologies and services to improve business and clinical operations for over four thousand home health and hospice providers across the United States. Based in Springfield, MO and one of the fastest growing providers of its kind, the company provides agency and clinical management software, outsourced revenue cycle management services (billing, coding and chart audits), CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics, in any combination. HEALTHCAREfirst’s breadth of solutions offers agencies a single source to improve patient care, create operational efficiencies, increase profitability and simplify CMS compliance. With HEALTHCAREfirst, agencies can focus on patients instead of paperwork. For more information call 800.841.6095 or visit the company’s website at www.healthcarefirst.com.


Hike 4 Hope Returns
May 20, 2017
he annual Hike for Hope will return Sunday, October 1st. This 3 mile hike through the streets of Mt. Orab will begin at Merchant’s National Banks with registration at 2pm and the event starting promptly at 3pm.

The cost is $15 per adult and $12 for children with additional discounts for families and larger groups.

For more information on how to register or to sponsor the event contact Erin Richmond at 800-928-4243. Look for our page on Facebook for the latest information.


Living With Grief: When Grief is Complicated
April 3, 2017
egistration is Now Open for the 2017 CEU Program Living With Grief: When Grief is Complicated. The program will be held on April 27 from 12:00-3:00 at Hospice of Hope’s administrative office in Maysville. Join Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, Robert Neimeyer, PhD, and Therese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT for this discussion of complicated grief moderated by Frank Sesno. While most people are able to cope with the pain of loss, up to 10 to 20 percent of bereaved persons have more complicated reactions that may impair and impede functioning for a prolonged period of time. This program is designed to assist counselors and others working with bereaved persons understand, assess and assist individuals who may be experiencing such complicated forms of bereavement. The presentation begins with an overview of contemporary work on complicated grief, then explores interventive strategies to support grievers experiencing complicated forms of grief.

Expert Panelists: Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, Robert Neimeyer, PhD, and Therese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT. Moderated by Frank Sesno.
Length: 2 hrs, plus 30 minutes post-program discussion at viewing locations
CE Hours: 2.5 CEs available for a variety of boards. Board Approvals List.
CE Fees: CEs are $18 per certificate

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe typical grief patterns and differentiate typical grief from more complicated forms;
  2. List and describe both two typologies of complicated grief;
  3. List and describe six danger signs of complicated grief;
  4. Describe the ways that the DSM 5 acknowledges complications of grief;
  5. Describe and discuss different approaches to treating complicated forms of grief and note resources that might be utilized in such treatment.

For more information and/or to register, contact Carla Story, Clinical Training Facilitator, by calling 606-759-4050.


The Horses Are Coming!
March 27, 2017
he 46th annual Brown County Charity Horse Show is scheduled for June 8-10, 2017. As always, the show will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown, Ohio and will offer prize money and trophies to championship class winners. This show, the longest running fundraiser in Brown County, was recently recognized as the “2016 Tri-State Horse Show of the Year”.

For past seventeen years, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley has been chosen as the benefactor of all proceeds from this long-standing Brown County tradition. During the time, over $128,000 has been raised to help support quality end-of-life care in and around Brown County.

This year’s event will feature over 90 classes of American Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, Morgan, Arabian, and Road Horses. Also returning for 2017 show is the very popular Academy Classes. Your support throughout the years has not only made this annual event so successful, it has also helped to enhance end-of-life care provided by the designated charity, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.

We encourage you to visit www.browncountycharityhorse.com to find out more information about the show.


Hospice of Hope Welcomes Nurse Practitioner, Lauren Holton
January 28, 2017
ospice of Hope is pleased to announce that Lauren Holton has joined the organization as a Nurse Practitioner to assist with patient clinical needs. Mrs. Holton is a native of Brown County Ohio where she graduated from Eastern Brown High School. From there she earned her BSN at The Ohio State University, and then later her Masters of Science in Nursing from Malone University.

Mrs. Holton joins the organization with hospice experience as she was previously employed at Hospice East in Winchester, Kentucky. Prior to this, she worked at Hematology and Oncology Associates in Canton, Ohio and also Grant Medical Center and Ohio Health in Columbus. She is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and has her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license in both Kentucky and Ohio, with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification.

Mrs. Holton stated, “I am very happy to have this opportunity to serve patients and families in and around my hometown. It will be my privilege to advocate and execute a high level of hospice care to those that face life-limiting illnesses”.

As a Nurse Practitioner for Hospice of Hope, Mrs. Holton will make her services available in a variety of clinical ways such as, face-to-face visits, clinical rounding, and oversight of Hospice of Hope’s transition of care program (F.AC.T.S.). For more information about Hospice of Hope or to make a referral call 606-759-4050 or 800-928-4848.

The Care Center at Kenton Pointe is an eight bed hospice inpatient center located on Kenton Pointe Way just off the AA highway in Maysville, KY. The Care Center provides a home-like setting for patients and families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. The Care Center at Kenton Pointe can be used to control pain and symptom related issues, transfers from regional hospitals, respite care, and other more critical end-of-life needs.

For more information and/or questions about the Care Center at Kenton Pointe call 606-759-4050.


25 Cent Raffle Coming in February
January 21, 2017
ospice of Hope and Brown County Change for Charity have partnered to bring a 25 Cent Raffle Fundraiser to Georgetown, OH on February 10th, 2017. This event will be held at Southern Hills Career & Technical Center (9193 Hamer Road) with doors opening at 6pm and the fun beginning at 7pm. This fundraiser raffle is a night out with friends with an opportunity to win great prizes from some of your favorite companies. Bring some cash, buy some tickets and be ready to bid! Food will also be available that evening. For more information call Erin Richmond at 937-444-4900.

Click Here for the event flyer.


Dr. Denham Welcomed as an Associate Medical Director
December 21, 2016
ospice of Hope is excited to announce the availability and clinical services of Dr. Craig Denham. Dr. Denham will serve in the capacity as an Associate Medical Director at the Hospice Care Center at Kenton Pointe. Dr. Denham joins Hospice of Hope with his thriving family practice and a strong interest in hospice and palliative care services.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope stated, “We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Denham join our team as an Associate Medical Director. His dedication and intense interest for end-of-life care services will prove to be very beneficial to the patients we serve.

The Care Center at Kenton Pointe is an eight bed hospice inpatient center located on Kenton Pointe Way just off the AA highway in Maysville, KY. The Care Center provides a home-like setting for patients and families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. The Care Center at Kenton Pointe can be used to control pain and symptom related issues, transfers from regional hospitals, respite care, and other more critical end-of-life needs.

For more information and/or questions about the Care Center at Kenton Pointe call 606-759-4050.


CMS Ranked HOH & HOHOV #1
November 21, 2016
e are proud to announce that in a recent survey by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) that our Nurse and Nurse Aids received tremendous recognition. In Kentucky, our Nurse and Nurse Aide visit hours per days were ranked #1 among 39 other hospices. And in Ohio, our Nurse visit hours per day were again ranked #1 amongst 139 other hospices. What a tremendous achievement showing our dedication to patients and their needs!

November is National Hospice Month
November 21, 2016
ovember is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

Throughout the month of November, Hospice of Hope will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be. More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Hospice of Hope.Call 1-800-928-4848 to make a referral or learn more about the program.


Hospice of Hope Welcomes Stephanie Hopper, RN MSN LNHA as Clinical Services Director
October 8, 2016
ospice of Hope is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephanie Hopper, RN MSN LNHA as Director of Clinical Services. Mrs. Hopper will provide clinical leadership, guidance, and oversight to all of Hospice of Hope’s end-of-life care services.

Since 2010, Mrs. Hopper served as a licensed nursing home administrator where she gained invaluable experience with state and federal compliance, quality senior care, corporate policy governance, and leadership skills.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope stated, “We are extremely pleased and excited to have Stephanie join our team. Her youth, spirit, and passion for quality care will help transition our organization to the next generation of end-of-life care”.

As Director Clinical Services, Mrs. Hopper’s primary roles will be to ensure that Hospice of Hope provides ongoing quality hospice care and family support to patients and families.

Mrs. Hopper added, “I feel honored and privileged to accept the role as Clinical Services Coordinator. Over the past several years I have witnessed first-hand the amazing work and compassion that the organization provides on a daily basis. With my passion and prior experience I am encouraged that together we can position our organization as the optimal choice for quality hospice care now and in the future”.

Please welcome Mrs. Stephanie Hopper, her husband Chris and her three children Brooks (7), Josie (4), and Sterling (4 months) to the Hospice of Hope family.


Being Mortal Scheduled For Ohio Screening
Hope Is Not a Plan!
October 8, 2016
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley and Highland County Senior Citizen Center will host a free screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on Tuesday, October 11th. This documentary investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows nationally renowned surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end. “Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name and was originally aired on PBS program ‘Frontline’. For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

This free screening will be on Tuesday, October 11th from 2-4pm at the Highland County Senior Citizen Center in Hillsboro. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation facilitated by Deb Weber, LCSW, on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. This screening is also approved for nursing CEU’s. For more information about the screening contact Michael Parker or Pam Tribby at 606-759-4050 or 1-800-928-4848


Hope Is Not a Plan!
August 11, 2016
ospice of Hope and Kenton Pointe Assisted Living will host a free screening of “Being Mortal” on Thursday September 15th. This documentary investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows nationally renown surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end. “Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

This free screening will be on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30-7:30 at Hospice of Hope’s Education room located at 909 Kenton Station Drive. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. For more information about the screening contact Michael Parker or Pam Tribby at 606-759-4050 or 1-800-928-4848.

The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name was originally aired on PBS program ‘Frontline’ in February 2015. For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.


Festival of Hope Raised Funds for Hospice
July 30, 2016
he 10th annual Festival of Hope, a fundraiser to support the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, will take place Aug. 7 at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The festival, which is headlined by the musical group The Van-Dells, is organized by the Order of the Eastern Star District 22, an organization for men and women connected to the Masonic fraternity. The day’s events will begin at 2 p.m. with a raffle, silent auction and book sale, all held in the pavilion next to the Multi-Purpose Building. Raffle tickets are 25 cents each; the drawing is at 4 p.m. The silent auction, which ends at 5 p.m., offers guests an opportunity to bid on more than 150 items, including restaurant gift certificates, handcrafted afghans, jellies and jams, art and a Cincinnati Reds baseball ticket package. The book sale, which also ends at 5 p.m., includes more than 2,000 used books donated by chapter members. Throughout the afternoon, event goers may purchase food from a sandwich booth set up by the chapter. The chapter will hold a catered dinner at The Blue Ribbon Cafe from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $10. At 7 p.m., The Van-Dells, a 50s and 60s musical tribute group, will take the stage in the Multi- Purpose Building. Tickets for the show are $25 for preferred seating and $20 for general admission.

“The Van-Dells are a pretty well-known music group,” said Sandy Edmisten, who has co-chaired the event for the last nine years. “People come from other states to see this show; it’s a pretty big draw.” Edmisten, who has been a chapter member for 54 years, said the festival has raised more than $100,000 for the Hospice of Hope. “When we first started, we didn’t know exactly what would be popular; we tried all kinds of things,” she said. “Some of our events were drawing people and some weren’t; it wasn’t until the Van Dell’s that we found success.” She added, “We have found a formula that is really working.”

The chapter chose the Hospice of Hope, a non-profit organization built on the philosophy that each person has the right to live in comfort with peace and dignity to the end so that those left living may find peace and solace, according to the organization’s website, as a beneficiary because it serves the area included in the chapter’s district. “We were looking for a charity that we could help support,” Edmisten said.

Michael Parker, director of public relations and development for Hospice of Hope, located in Maysville, said the chapter is a well-run philanthropic organization that has been tremendously generous. “The charitable dollars donated have been used exclusively for end-of-life care needs within our service area,” Parker said in an email. “We are extremely honored and proud that the Eastern Star organization chose Hospice of Hope as their charity of choice”.

Edmisten, who anticipates another successful event, encourages people of all ages to attend this year’s festival. “There’s something for everybody; all ages would enjoy the day and being part of the festival,” she said, adding, “We’ve been averaging a fundraising amount of over $10,000 a year; I hope we can keep that up.”

Tickets for the dinner and show may be purchased at the event. To purchase tickets ahead of time, please call Barbara Ross at 513-625-2230


People’s Bank Completes Building Campaign Pledge
July 30, 2016
arlier this year, People’s Bank of Flemingsburg completed their five year partnership with Hospice of Hope’s recent campus construction. In 2012, then president James Hay and his Board of Directors entered into an agreement with Hospice of Hope to financially pledge support for a 32 apartment Assisted Living Facility and an 8 bed Hospice Care Center. Michael Parker, Director of PR and Development with Hospice of Hope said, “We are tremendously grateful for the pledge and support of our expansion project. People’s Bank has and continues to be a top notch community icon supporting local area projects”.

The included picture was taken in our open air courtyard at Kenton Pointe Assisted Living in where People’s Bank has a plaque thanking them for their partnership. Included in the picture from left to right: Michael Parker, Director of PR & Develop for Hospice of Hope; Tony Kinder, People’ Bank President; Linda Brown, Residence Director at Kenton Pointe Assisted Living; Brian Hunt, Marketing Manager at People’s Bank; Kavin Cartmell RN, Executive Director of Hospice of Hope; and Tim Brannon, People’s Bank Branch Manager of Mayville location.


Hike 4 Hope Coming This September
July 25, 2016
ark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our annual Hike 4 Hope is returning again this year! Last year, this fundraiser generated nearly $6,000 towards quality end-of-life care for our patients and their families. It was a wonderful event with over 130 walkers and runners taking part in memory of their loved one(s) or to show support for our organization. This year’s Hike 4 Hope is slated for Sunday, September 11th. This annual 3 mile walk/run begins & ends at Merchants Bank in Mt. Orab with a 3:00pm start! All proceeds benefit Hospice of Hope & our mission to provide the best, most comprehensive hospice care to our patients & their families! More info to come! For more details call 800-928-4243 or email Erin Richmond at erichmond@hohope.org.


Festival of Hope Returning for 2016
July 25, 2016
he annual Festival of Hope is scheduled for Sunday, August 7th at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. This event, which is presented by the Order of the Eastern Star District 22, Will once again feature the sound of the Van Dells. Michael Parker, Director of Public Relations and Development for Hospice of Hope said,
The Order of the Eastern Star District 22 has been a tremendously generous and well run philanthropic organization. Through their membership’s hard work and mission, they have been able to raise over 87K dollars since our partnership began in 2007. Since then, the charitable dollars donated have been used exclusively for end-of-life care needs within our service area. We are extremely honored and proud that the Eastern Star organization chose Hospice of Hope as their charity of choice”.

The events begins at 2:00pm with a ticket raffle and book sale. Dinner will be served at 4:00pm with the main entertainment beginning at 7:00pm. For more information and ticket pricing call 513-625-2230 or click HERE to view the official flyer.


Art of Hope Offered by Hospice of Hope
April 27, 2016
ospice of Hope will continue their “Art of Hope” program throughout the month of May. On Thursday, May 12th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley office in Mt. Orab, the “Memory Box” workshop will be offered. Individuals are invited to attend and fill memory boxes with keepsakes, photos and nostalgia representing their lost loved one(s) to cherish for years to come.

The final workshop of this year’s Art of Hope series will be “Zentangle”, Tuesday, May 17th from 6:30-8:30 at the Hospice of Hope office in Maysville. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. For more information including additional details about the specialized programs, call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.

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


General Loss Support Group Offered by Hospice of Hope
April 27, 2016
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley will offer a 4-week support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group will meet each Tuesday for four weeks beginning May 3rd from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Glendale Apartments in West Union.

Please join us in finding and providing support to others who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Learn about grief, the challenges that accompany it, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. For more information about this group, call Melissa Roby at 1-800-928-4243.

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


Caregiver Seminar "How to Keep on Dancing When Your Shoes Are Too Tight" Offered
April 27, 2016
ospice of Hope will present a 2016 Caregiver Seminar entitled "How To Keep on Dancing When Your Shoes Are Too Tight" on May 5, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope main offices in Maysville. Deb Weber will discuss how the stress of a caregiver can be dangerous to your health, and the importnace of taking care of yourself.

Please RSVP before May 2 by calling the Buffalo Trace Family Caregiver Support Program at 606-564-6894.

Click here for a copy of the flyer.


Spousal Loss Support Group offered by Hospice of Hope
March 29, 2016
ospice of Hope Ohio Valley will offer a 4-week support group specific to individuals who have experienced the loss of a spouse. The group will meet each Wednesday for four weeks beginning April 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley in 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, it’s challenges, and the opportunity for finding new meaning. For more information about this group, call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.

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


Hospice of Hope to Host Parent’s Legacy Lunch
March 29, 2016
he 2016 Parent’s Legacy Luncheon, an occasion to remember and honor our parents or other influential people in our lives, has been scheduled for Saturday April 9th. This year’s luncheon will return to Caproni’s in Maysville and will be held from 11am to 1pm. Also returning as event host will be Liz Bonis, weekend anchor and health and medical reporter for Local 12 WKRC in Cincinnati.

If planning to attend we ask that you send us your favorite photograph of your mom, dad or other influential person in your life for our photo gallery presentation, along with a one-word or short sentence description of their legacy, ("My parents instilled in me the importance of a good education."). For more information and/or to register call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848. Seating is limited and there is no charge for the program however donations are appreciated.


Leadership Horizons Explores Health and Human Services
January 14, 2016
he 2015-2016 Leadership Horizons class had a fun-filled agenda for their monthly session which took place on Thursday, January 14th. The day was planned to place a focus 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, Michael Clark. A tour of the beautiful space was also provided.

The eventful day then moved onto the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) that 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 Leadership Horizons team joined forces in donating various items to the shelter as part of a community project for the day.

The day continued with a visit to the DaVita Dialysis Center and Maysville Cancer Centers. Leadership participants were showcased the ins and outs of the daily activities throughout these medical offices that touch so many lives and are such a necessity to our region.

The final stop of the day was at the Kenton Pointe complex owned and operated by Hospice of Hope. This stop was jam-packed with information, a delicious lunch, screenings and tours. Michael Parker, Director of Marketing, provided information to the group about the Hospice of Hope organization detailing information on their most recent additions of the Hospice Care Center. The group also listened to Linda Brown, the Director of Kenton Pointe Assisted Living. She gave an overview of the day to day operations of running the facility. The group enjoyed tours of both the beautiful facilities. PrimaryPlus also joined in on the fun at Kenton Pointe showcasing their trademarked LEAP-Wellness program and offering health screenings to the group.

Leadership Horizons would like to thank all involved with making the Health & Human Services session a success. Co-Sponsors for the day included Melissa Greenwell with the Women’s Crisis Center; Pam Tribby and Michael Parker with Hospice of Hope; Joyce Fidler with Fleming County Hospital and Tracy McGuire with PrimaryPlus.

Parent’s Legacy Luncheon
February 16, 2016
he 2016 Parent’s Legacy Luncheon, an occasion to remember and honor our parents or other influential people in our lives, has been scheduled for Saturday April 9th. This year’s luncheon will return to Caproni’s in Maysville and will be held from 11am to 1pm. Also returning as event host will be Liz Bonis, weekend anchor and health and medical reporter for Local 12 WKRC in Cincinnati. For more information and/or to register call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.

If you plan to attend we ask that you send us your favorite photograph of your mom, dad or other influential person in your life for our photo gallery presentation, along with a one-word or short sentence description of their legacy, ("My parents instilled in me the importance of a good education."). Also, send us your favorite recipe, as we are compiling the 7th edition of our "Legacy Cookbook”. Please mail or email by March 4th.

Seating is limited and there is no charge for the program however donations are appreciated. Click here for a copy of the flyer.


KAHPC 2015 Award of Excellence
January 14, 2016
ichael Parker, Director of Public Relations and Development for Hospice of Hope receives the 2015 Award of Excellence from The Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care. This annual award recognizes an individual or organization who has attained repeated outstanding support in end-of-life care. The recipient of this award demonstrates creativity and courage in fostering or promoting end-of-life care partnerships, increase advocacy by strengthening public policy, and engaging dialog and conversation that has a positive effect on end-of-life care throughout the Commonwealth.

Please congratulate Mr. Parker on this honor and for his service not only to Hospice of Hope, but also advocating for quality hospice care throughout the state. Click here to learn more about The Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care.


2016 Art of Hope Workshop Scheduled
December 31, 2015
he Art of Hope series will return in 2016. 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. Enjoy the process, the company of others, and tuning in creatively.

Click here for a copy of the brochure or here for a more descriptive overview of each workshop. For additional information and/or to register for a session call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.


Monarch Waystation Certified at Hospice of Hope
September 16, 2015
WENDY MITCHELL, Ledger Independent
way station for international travelers has been established at the Hospice of Hope building in Mason County. The travelers it focuses on are Monarch Butterflies, and thanks to dedicated volunteers and donations, the Doris Jones Memorial Butterfly Garden was officially dedicated on Friday, as a certified Monarch way station.

Monarch Butterflies migrate, traveling thousands of miles from central America to northern North America and back each year. “Along the way they seek out specific plants, like milk-weed and butterfly bushes to do nectaring and to lay eggs,” said Joanna Kirby, past president of the Garden Club of Kentucky. Kirby, along with Monarch Way Station Chairwoman Linda Porter, presented Hospice of Hope and the Limestone Landing Garden Club with certificates affirming the garden plot meets the criteria for a certified Monarch Butterfly way station.

The way station is located along the easterly wall of the Hospice of Hope Building and is filled with lantana, zinnias, milk weed, butterfly bushes and other flowers on the list of Monarch favorites. During the year the garden, along with another flower garden north of the rear parking lot, is tended by volunteers.

“Sandra Linback and Vickie Prather in particular work hard on the gardens, making sure they are thriving, and watering them,” said Ashley Pirtle, volunteer coordinator. “There are also many other volunteers who help with the gardens when they can.” It was Linback and Prather who applied to state officials for certification of the butterfly garden, Pirtle said.

“On Mondays (Prather) cuts flowers from the rear garden and arranges them to be distributed to Hospice clients,” Pirtle said.

The monarch garden also contains memorial stepping stones and two butterfly boxes for the colorful travelers, said Carrie Taylor. Marsh Jones has been working with state officials to get the certification completed. “I was thrilled to be asked to help,” Jones aid. “It is what we needed.”

Several volunteers and flower club members were on hand for the ceremony. According to Kirby, in 2013 there were only 36 Monarch Butterfly way stations, and now there are nearly 300 in Kentucky alone. “Without your help, it wouldn't work,” Kirby said.

In addition to Hospice of Hope, there are several way stations affiliated with state parks in Kentucky, and a place mat which shows the life cycle of butterflies being used with the children's menu at the parks, Kirby said. For a list of plants for a Monarch way station, go to www.monarchwatch.org.


Festival of Hope Scheduled
July 8, 2015
he annual Festival of Hope, sponsored and coordinated by the Order of the Eastern Star, is scheduled for Sunday, August 9th. As always this will be held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds and will feature the music of area favorite the Van Dells. Show starts at 7PM with tickets selling for $20 & $25 (tickets now available). Prior the show, a quarter auction will be conducted from 2pm-4pm and then dinner from 4pm-6pm. All proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley.

For more information or to purchase your tickets call 513-625-2230. Click here to view a copy of the event flyer.


Giving Hope with Hospice
by Amber Newman, RN, Hospice Nurse | June 5, 1015
ospice is a word no family wants to hear. When you’ve been fighting an illness for many years, even decades, or have just learned of a new disease, hearing that your loved one needs hospice care can be devastating. And receiving word that hospice is being “called in” for a community member triggers the thought process that they are in their final days or even hours.

But what if I told you that what you know about hospice care probably isn’t accurate? What if I told you that choosing hospice doesn’t mean you’re “giving up”? That getting hospice care doesn’t mean your family member is going to die tomorrow…or even next week?

Choosing hospice care, or “comfort care”, simply means you are done seeking aggressive or curative treatment; and, if the disease runs its course without treatment, death would occur in about 6 months. It does not mean that your family member will definitely die in that time, but typically that is what is seen with that particular disease.

The most common illness people think of with “comfort care” is cancer. Maybe your doctor has told you there’s nothing more they can do to treat your family member’s cancer. Or maybe they are tired of going to chemotherapy and radiation appointments and just want enjoy time with you family. Both of those situations would be candidates to receive hospice care. However, there are many more illnesses that can benefit from “comfort care”: Heart diseases such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases, stroke (CVA), and many more.

If your loved one has one of the above diseases and/or has any of the following, please consider contacting Hospice of Hope for further evaluation: frequent hospitalizations or ER visits in the last six months; an increase in weight loss, tiredness, weakness; or has had recurrent infections, changes in their mental status or lost the ability to do things independently. Any person, even a family member, can refer someone to hospice services…it only takes one phone call. At Hospice of Hope, our goal is to remove some of the burden of being a caregiver and allow you to just be family during this time by providing you with friendly, local staff that truly cares. By choosing hospice, you aren’t giving up…you are giving hope.

Our RN Case Managers, Nurse Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains and Volunteers visit frequently to ensure your loved one is as comfortable, but as present, as possible. Hospice of Hope also has trained staff that provides “complimentary” therapies such as massage, music, aroma, and pet therapies. We also have the only in-patient hospice care center located in Adams County Regional Medical Center and are available for respite care, pain or symptom management, or to be used during the final days when your loved one can no longer be cared for at home.

Don’t wait until “it’s time”. Let us talk to you one-on-one about your loved one’s condition and see if you are eligible. Death is unavoidable but you get to choose how well you live until that time. Call us today to learn more about Hospice of Hope and the care your loved one can receive. We are available 24/7 and serve Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Pike counties in Ohio; as well as Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton, and Robertson counties in Kentucky. 800.928.4848


Hospice of Hope to Welcome New Medical Director
April 8, 2015
ospice of Hope and Hospice and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Ross has joined the organization as full-time Medical Director. Dr. Ross replaces Dr. Paul Junker who has relocated out of the service area.

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director for Hospice of Hope stated, “We are very grateful to welcome Dr. Ross on board full time. Over the years, we have appreciated his demonstration of leadership and passion with regards to hospice and palliative care and trust that the organization will continue to prosper under his guidance as Medical Director”.

Since 1987, Dr. Ross and his wife Dr. Shawn Ross have practiced medicine in the private sector with Ross Medical Associates located in Maysville, KY. In 1990, Dr. Robert Ross first volunteered his services to Hospice of Hope as an Associate Medical Director. With this role, he functioned as the physician member of the interdisciplinary hospice team and provided clinical oversight and direction to enhance quality outcomes. In October 2012, Dr. Ross began providing physician services at the Hospice Care Center at Kenton Pointe.

When asked about his recent career move, Dr. Ross said, “While I’m going to miss my private practice, and more importantly, our patients, I’m extremely delighted to accept this full time role as Hospice of Hope Medical Director”.

Dr. Paul Junker left the organization in late March after more than two decades of service. After a long tenure as an Associate Medical Director, Dr. Junker became the organization’s first full time Medical Director in 2004.

Dr. Junker quoted. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and role working with Hospice of Hope and making a difference in the lives of family and patients. Although I will be relocating, I still very much believe in this line of service and plan to continue my career within the hospice and palliative care field”.

Along with Dr. Ross serving as Medical Director, Hospice of Hope also contracts with Dr. Christopher Haas, Dr, Stephen Neus, Dr. Regina Melink, Dr. Bob Albright and Dr. Timothy McKinley as Associate Medical Directors.

Hospice of Hope is a not for profit end-of-life care organization serving 12 counties in Kentucky and Ohio. For more information or to make a referral call, 1-800-928-4848.


Living With Grief Teleconference In April
March 18, 2015
he 2015 Hospice Foundation of America has scheduled this year’s Living with Grief teleconference for April 30th. This year’s topic will be the Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. When the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, grief doesn’t wait for death. Grieving can begin before a formal diagnosis or in the doctor’s office when patients and families receive confirmation of illness. Over a span of what may be a decade or more, multiple losses associated with dementia become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, families and friends. After the death, survivors’ grief may be complicated by the nature of a lengthy disease process that has changed their relationship with the deceased.

Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and unscripted in-studio discussions, experts will identify how medical and social service professionals can best improve care for patients, families and themselves while coping with loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses. This program is 2.5 hours, with an additional 30 minute discussion, required for CE credits. Program to be held at 1:00pm at both Maysville and Ohio office locations. For more information contact Melissa Roby at 800-928-4243.


St. Patrick’s Party For A Purpose
March 6, 2015
n Saturday, March 14 from 7pm-1am St. Michael’s Church Hall (220 South High Street Mount Orab, OH) will host their 8th annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser where a portion of proceeds will benefit Hospice of Hope. The event costs $15 per person and includes a pasta dinner, drink ticket, a chance for the grand prize drawing. Click here to see the event flyer container more information.


Pottery Workshop Scheduled
February 14, 2015
ospice of Hope has scheduled Pottery Workshops as part of the ongoing Art of Hope series. These workshops will be held on February 28th and March 21st from 10am-1pm at the Ohio River Valley Artist Guild in Washington, KY. Pottery seems to have a calming effect on most individuals. It provides a non-threatening environment to relax, and also encourages creative energy! The molding of clay and creation of pottery can provide a distraction from the overwhelming feelings we have while grieving. Your pottery piece can become a connection to your loved one by incorporating symbols and images that remind you of them. These classes are free and open to the public. For more information click here for the flyer or Call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.


Memory Making Workshops Offered in February
February 14, 2015
s part of our ongoing Art of Hope series, Hospice of Hope and Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley invite you to participate in our upcoming Memory Making Workshop. We hope that through this workshop you will be able to create a picture that evokes memories of your loved one, speaks to a specific feeling that you may be experiencing and one that that provokes hope and transformation. Some suggestions for things you might want to bring to complete your memory-making project are: pictures (especially family photos), song lyrics, bible verses, poems, loved one's obituary, or a special recipe. Workshops will be held from 5pm-7p on February 19th at our Maysville office and then February 26th at our Ohio office location. These classes are free and open to the public. For more information click here for the flyer or Call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4848.


Parents Legacy Luncheon Scheduled
February 4, 2015
he 2015 Parent’s Legacy Luncheon has been scheduled for April 11th from Noon-2:00pm at Caproni’s Restaurant Maysville. This is an occasion to remember and honor our parents or other influential people in our lives.

Please send us your favorite photograph of your mom, dad or other influential person in your life for our photo gallery presentation, along with a one-word or short sentence describing a legacy left by them (“My parents instilled in me the importance of a good education.”) Also, send us your favorite recipe, as we are compiling the 6th edition of our “Legacy Cookbook”. Please mail or email by March 24th. To find out more or to register click here for flyer or call Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243. There is no charge for this luncheon.


Art of Hope - Expressions of Grief Workshops to Begin in February
January 27, 2015
ave you signed up for Hospice of Hope's Art Series, Art of Hope: 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. Enjoy the process, the company of others, and tuning in creatively. For a detailed workshop description we encourage you to call Peg Lynch 1-800-928-4243 or click here for the brochure. All workshops are free of charge and will be held at locations in both Maysville and Mt. Orab.


Art of Hope - Expressions of Grief Workshops to Begin in February
October 10, 2014
hanks ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star for your recent donation to Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. With this gift of $10,500 the organization has raised over $90,000 towards end-of-life career since the inception of their annual Festival of Hope.

Each year the Order of Eastern Star District 22 conducts the Festival of Hope at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. During the event they offer a quarter auction, dinner and other various events. The highlight of the festival is the annual performance by the very popular Van Dells. To learn more about the Order of the Eastern Star click the following link http://www.easternstar.org/.


Hospice of Hope to Present Art of Hope Show
May 19, 2014
ospice of Hope’s “Art of Hope” show will be held June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cox Gallery located in the Cox building in downtown Maysville. This show will feature expressions of grief made through the creative process of making meaningful and healing artwork. Workshops, led by local artists, included memory making activities, photography, pottery, creative writing, and making silk sun catchers.

Any individual or group may submit healing creative artwork for the art show, regardless of whether you attended the series. Other forms of art could include quilting, knitting, wood carving, jewelry making, etc. If you are interested in submitting an item for the show, contact Peg Lynch at 800-928-4243. Hospice of Hope bereavement programs and support groups are free and open to the community. Individual support is also available.


Operation: Best Medicine Brings Hospice Patients and Elementary Students Together
May 5, 2014
ospice of Hope / Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley has teamed up with local schools to bring smiles to their terminally ill patients. The idea came from sending a delivery of medication to a patient that had been decorated with a simple smiley face on the bag. Much to the pharmacy team’s surprise, the patient was ecstatic just to know someone was thinking of her – so much so that she sent them a bag in return with a before and after picture of a sad face and a happy face (which now hangs on the wall of the department). According to her nurse, the patient had not smiled during any of her visits for months until she came in with her medicine that day.

From the inspiration of that day, the Hospice of Hope Pharmacy Team started decorating a few other medication bags with much of the same positive reactions from patients. Realizing that many times a personal touch or a simple gesture are just as important in making a person feel better as the drugs dispensed, Operation: Best Medicine was born.

Over 25 elementary schools in the Hospice of Hope / Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley service area were contacted to request artwork from their students that could be used to bring cheer to the terminally ill patients receiving care. The response thus far has been overwhelmingly great with over half the schools responding within the first day that they wanted to participate, many saying how appreciative they are to be a part of such a great community project.

The idea was then shared with the entire Hospice of Hope / Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley staff and the excitement over Operation: Best Medicine continues to grow. The Teen Volunteers are getting involved by gathering materials and making designs of their own while others have volunteered to visit the schools to drop off craft supplies or pick up finished artwork.

Whether a card to put inside a medicine bag, a picture to hang on the door or wall of a nursing home patient, or some other drawing that could be used to decorate one of the two inpatient care centers (The Care Center at Kenton Pointe and the Inpatient Care Center located inside Adams County Medical Center), the creativity is being left up to the students.

Operation: Best Medicine may just be getting its start, but Hospice of Hope / Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley hopes to continue bringing joy to its patients through the gifts of a personal touch or a simple gesture – in the form of children’s drawings and art for many years to come.


The Care Center at Kenton Pointe is NOW OPEN!
February 4, 2013
n late 2012, Hospice of Hope opened the Care Center at Kenton Pointe. This eight bed care center is the first of its kind in out six county Kentucky services area. The Care Center at Kenton Pointe is designed for short-term care to manage acute symptoms, adjust medications and treatment plans, and to provide pain control.

The Care Center at Kenton Pointe may be used when a patient needs medical attention that cannot be given in a home setting or for a patient who is approaching death and the patient and family have chosen to spend their final days at the center. Also, the Care Center will offer respite care to relieve caregivers on a temporary basis.

Click here for more information about the Care Center at Kenton Pointe.





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