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Community Care Hospice

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

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 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

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, Ohio 45420

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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 Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

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

Inclusion And Diversity Are Part Of The Culture At Ohio’s Hospice

Inclusion and Diversity Are Part of the Culture at Ohio’s Hospice

As part of its mission to provide superior care and superior services to the patients and families Ohio’s Hospice is privileged to serve, the not-for-profit hospice is committed to LGBTQ inclusive hospice and palliative care. At Ohio’s Hospice, inclusion and diversity are reflected in the culture of the organization. 

In 2019, Ohio’s Hospice earned Platinum certification through SAGECare, which provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers. Through SAGECare’s training, Ohio’s Hospice’s care teams and leadership have the knowledge base, understanding and tools they need to ensure that the LGBTQ community feels welcome. 

The leadership team of Ohio’s Hospice and its affiliates has completed four-hour in-person training, which is designed to help leaders create communities that are genuinely inclusive and build on the diversity and strength of both the staff and the care recipients. The staff of Ohio’s Hospice also has completed training, through web-based SAGECare LGBT training. 

The training addresses the basics about what LGBT means. It covers stories of actual LGBT older adults and how their lives have intersected with changes in how society thinks about and treats LGBT people. The training also teaches staff skills to work with LGBT adults. In addition, it offers suggested improvements across multiple departments, including programming, policy and procedures, marketing, facilities, and staff and board recruitment. 

“The SAGECare LGBT training provides our staff with important training on the nuances of care for the LGBTQ community. It has enabled our staff to remember and recognize that LGBTQ seniors grew up in a time that was not as accepting,” said Carl Billingsley, communications coordination specialist at Ohio’s Hospice. “As a result, they may be less open about their personal lives. Our staff is committed to understanding those differences and communicating carefully with respect to each patient’s situation.” 

Because of the training and its commitment to creating a more welcoming community to LGBTQ adults, Ohio’s Hospice is now credentialed with SAGECare certification. 

“This certification means that our staff has completed training on the culture and needs of LGBT older adults,” said Brandi Barlow, vice president of administration at Ohio’s Hospice. “They now have tools and education to better serve LGBTQ older adults.” 

Because Ohio’s Hospice has achieved platinum certification through SAGECare, it now includes this information in its job postings and on the organization’s websites. “We want people to understand that we welcome LGBTQ staff, and we serve patients in the LGBTQ community,” Barlow said. 

Ultimately, Ohio’s Hospice wants the LGBTQ community to feel welcome, whether they are a patient, spouse, partner, significant other or family member. 

“Our care teams are committed to serving LGBTQ patients and families with dignity and compassion,” Barlow said. “The goal is for everyone to have the best end-of-life experience possible. We want to make sure that our LGBTQ patients feel welcome and can communicate their wishes at the end of their lives.” 

The care teams at Ohio’s Hospice work with the patient and family to develop the best plan of care. The plan of care helps the care teams ensure that the patient’s wishes are carried out until the very end. 

For more information about Ohio’s Hospice, click here.  

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