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Community Care Hospice

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

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: 330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740.629.9990

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
Phone: 513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
Phone: 937.256.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio


2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614.685.0001

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

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

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: 937.335.5191

Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Phone: 419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice


7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 937.256.4490


11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249

CARES Act Funding | Ohio's Hospice, COVID-19 and the CARES Act

Ohio’s Hospice, COVID-19 and the CARES Act

“We had not planned on the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) funding. It just showed up in our bank account,” states Ohio’s Hospice CEO Kent Anderson.

The amount in question? $7.2 million.

The challenge — and opportunity — for Ohio’s Hospice as a not-for-profit organization governed by a community-based Board of Directors drawn from each of the communities it serves was how to be a responsible steward of the funds entrusted to it and how to be fully transparent about how it administered those funds in the midst of a national healthcare emergency.

Adding to the challenge was the fact that the funds arrived without specifics on how recipients were to spend the money.

Like all healthcare providers, Ohio’s Hospice saw an immediate drop in revenues — more than $2 million — as the first wave of the pandemic rolled through Ohio in the spring of 2020. At the same time, expenses for items like personal protective equipment (PPE) were skyrocketing amidst unprecedented demand and severe supply chain disruptions.

Ohio’s Hospice immediately engaged its law firm and auditing firm to guide how the CARES Act funding was spent and tracked for reporting purposes. “We pledged this would remain an agenda item for the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors as a whole until such time as the government told us the disposition of these funds is complete,” Anderson explains.

Where did the money go? Much of it went to front-line staff.

Every front-line worker, from nurses and nurses’ aides at the bedside to housekeeping and culinary workers in the inpatient units, received up to $1,325 in “extra pay.” “It was the right thing to do,” Anderson says. “We didn’t want to create a pay category called hazardous pay. We just called it ‘extra pay.’”

That was just one of many ways Ohio’s Hospice put staff members first in responding to COVID-19.

“We did that to protect our patients, their families, our staff,” states Ohio’s Hospice President Amy Wagner. “If we were going to start losing staff to the pandemic, it would be difficult to keep serving patients, keep fulfilling our mission. So we chose to be very aggressive in handling this.”

“The money did what it was supposed to do,” observes Wagner. “It provided stability and security to an essential provider. That security allowed us some perspective in real-time decision-making. It allowed us to ask in the middle of a crisis: ‘What more can we do to meet community need, to support staff, to support patients and families?’”

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