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Community Care Hospice

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

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

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

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

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

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice

Dayton

7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Cincinnati

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.653.4490

Reflections on the First Year: 2021-2022 - Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Reflections on First Year of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Offered Through Kettering Health’s Soin Medical Center and Ohio’s Hospice

In 2021, Ohio’s Hospice and Kettering Health’s Soin Medical Center began a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Hiep Luu and Dr. Janna Quiling, who both completed family residencies at Kettering Health Dayton (formerly Grandview Medical Center) in Dayton, were the first fellows of the new program. During the past year, they trained to become compassionate clinicians who are prepared to care for patients at all stages of complex illness and end-of-life care.

“Dr. Luu and Dr. Quiling are quickly becoming experts at helping patients find their way amongst complex illnesses and navigating the many choices they face,” said Dr. Cleanne Cass, DO, FAAFP, FAAHPM, program director of the fellowship and director of community services and physician education at Ohio’s Hospice. “Hospice care is provided as a team. Through the fellowship, we are training them to be the physician leader of the team, how to communicate with and support each member of the team.”

Dr. Janna Quiling
Dr. Janna Quiling

Dr. Quiling said she learned about the fellowship at a family medicine conference she attended where Dr. Cass spoke about the grief physicians face when patients die.

“Hearing her talk, I just was so drawn to her and that’s what kind of brought me in to rotate with her more at Ohio’s Hospice and eventually apply for the fellowship,” Dr. Quiling said. “I think you must have compassion for patients who are facing the  end-of-life. I enjoy being the physician during that special time to give patients what they need and help them. To me, it was a calling to join this group and to be in hospice and to give back in that way.”

Dr. Luu said he has learned so much about hospice and palliative medicine throughout the fellowship, but even more about engaging with patients and families during hard times in their lives.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned is to always be honest and present with families,” Dr. Luu said. “Families and patients appreciate you being honest, admitting  if you’re not sure about something but helping to find an answer.”

Dr. Hiep Luu
Dr. Hiep Luu

Having already completed residencies, Dr. Luu and Dr. Quiling are licensed physicians and graduated from family medicine programs. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for specialized training on the management of complications from diseases rather than curing diseases. 

“I enjoy being able to spend time with patients and learn their stories and goals and help them through the hard times,” Dr. Luu said. “ Seeing them in less pain and having their symptoms better controlled to allow them more time with their loved ones is very rewarding.”

The first year of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Ohio’s Hospice has developed a program highlighting the values of healthy lifestyles, presence, mindfulness, and the art of caring for each other as techniques for helping patients as well as each other.

“Dr. Luu and Dr. Quiling are wonderful people and have been instrumental in getting this fellowship established,” Dr. Cass said. “They knew coming on board that they were our first fellows, and we would not be where we are with this program without them.”

Hospice care is provided as a team. Through the fellowship, we are training them to be the physician leader of the team, how to communicate with and support each member of the team.

Dr. Cleanne Cass, DO, FAAFP, FAAHPM

The fellowship is divided into 13 blocks providing dedicated time to focus on home care, inpatient unit care, hospital consultations, oncology training, and pediatric palliative care. In addition, the fellows conduct clinical research throughout the year and spend one morning a week for the year at an ambulatory clinic and one day at a geriatric clinic. During the second half of the year, medical students and residents who rotate through Ohio’s Hospice are assigned to each of the fellows. In this way, they further their own education as they teach the next generation of practitioners, promoting the ideology and approach to medicine that is unique to hospice and palliative care.

“Hospice and palliative medicine brings together medical professionals with the same passion for caring for patients and their families,” Dr. Luu said. “The experience is what I expected it to be, and I have felt supported through everything. It has been a meaningful and rewarding experience. It can be tough, but it’s made me a better physician and person.”

To learn more about the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, click here.  

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