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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

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

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

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

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio


2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055

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

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

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

Hospice of Central Ohio Launches Volunteer Companion Mentor Initiative

Hospice of Central Ohio has launched an initiative aimed at improving confidence and competency for volunteers new to the role of patient companion. The concept, explains Volunteer Services Manager Liz Adamshick, is to connect new companions with seasoned companions to gain insights and experience. “Who better to answer their questions and offer advice?” says Liz. “We offer a list of skill areas and a variety of mentors. New volunteers can select the skill area where they want more information and reach out to volunteer mentors who can answer their questions and offer ideas. If a new volunteer wants to be coached on how to initiate conversations or establish appropriate boundaries, we have volunteers with years of experience who can offer invaluable insights into such topics.”

The program had long been on the drawing board, but moved into the realm of reality with help from a masters-level social work intern who helped develop the program, complete with measurable data points to track impact. “We believe peer-to-peer support will be tremendously beneficial in strengthening skills and leadership for new and seasoned volunteers. In the long-term the real beneficiaries will be patients and families who receive volunteer companionship.”

Specific guidelines help direct mentors and mentees, and coordinate the process with the interdisciplinary team. Identification and training of sixteen mentors and nearly a dozen new volunteers involved in the pilot project is complete, and now data is being collected to measure outcomes. “We will be looking for a direct impact on patients and families, as well as on the new patient companions,” Liz explains. “If the results support our hypothesis, we may determine if this is a best practice we can help other organizations implement.”

For additional information about the patient companion mentor program, please contact Liz Adamshick at Hospice of Central Ohio at or 740-788-1404.

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