Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

1.800.653.4490 info@OhiosHospice.org
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When Time Stands Still

The importance of being in the moment. Dr. Thomson explains how mindfulness is important at the patient’s bedside.

When I began work in the field, being a hospice and palliative physician full-time was the exception. The field was not yet a recognized medical specialty. The work was still grass roots. In hindsight, I realize how incredibly lucky I was to get my start at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.

Spending almost a decade caring for hospice patients in the hospice house inpatient setting at Ohio’s Hospice provided me invaluable experience. I learned how to be a hospice physician by caring for a large number of patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, medical problems, symptom needs, and psychosocial situations. That time was very meaningful to me. I grew professionally and personally.

About 5 years ago, I was given the opportunity to step up to the role of Chief Medical Officer for Ohio’s Hospice. While mostly an administrative and leadership role, I have been able carve out time to provide direct patient care. That precious time has kept me grounded. Although I know can positively impact more patients and families by helping to educate our clinical staff, shape policies, and advocate for high quality hospice care, bedside care reminds me why I am here.

Recently reflecting on time spent caring for patients on the weekends in our Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County inpatient unit; it became very clear to me. It’s as if time stands still when I am at a patient’s bedside. In that moment, that patient and family are the most important. That feeling of mindfulness is beyond words.

I am forever grateful for the opportunities Ohio’s Hospice has provided me. It is a great honor to do the care we do.  ​

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Ruth Thomson, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, HMDC