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Community Care Hospice Logo

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
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

Ohio’s Hospice: Doing What’s Right

by Kent Anderson, President/CEO

Remember the game musical chairs? A chair is taken away and everything changes—but no one realizes it until the music stops.

Over the last decade, I’ve watched the healthcare landscape change dramatically. To stay competitive, hospitals across the nation are consolidating in record numbers.

Kids playing game musical chairs and sitting fast on chairs in circle outside in summer
Kids playing game musical chairs and sitting fast on chairs in circle outside in summer

They are focused on making sure that when the music stops, they don’t find themselves without a chair. Or perhaps even worse, find themselves sitting in a chair next to partners they don’t like—or trust.

Of course, the changing healthcare landscape isn’t just impacting hospitals. It also is spurring other healthcare organizations, including hospices, to assess their options, too.

It’s about relevance

During these changing times, many non-profit hospices are asking the question: “How can we stay sustainable?”

At Ohio’s Hospice, our focus has been instead: “How can we stay relevant?”

That’s why we created an alliance with other non-profits across Ohio—from southwest to central Ohio—who share our same mission. This new organization, Ohio’s Hospice, has an intense focus on providing:

  • quality care for our patients
  • strong support our patients’ families
  • resources, education and backing for all of the physicians, nurses and dedicated teams that make the critical work we do happen each and every day

By joining forces, we can maintain our deep commitment to mission-driven work and serve more patients and their families.

Our hospices are able to share administrative costs, such as accounting, finance, compliance and HR. Because nobody started a hospice thinking, “My big goal is to have the best billing department.”

Nobody ever said “my big goal is to have the best billing department.”

As the regulatory landscape squeezes hospice budgets, we realized we could either cut costs or share costs.

Sharing administrative burdens means Ohio’s Hospice can spend more of our money where it matters most, ensuring:

  • the hospice workers who care for you and your family come from your community
  • you have the doctors who specialize in end-of-life care, and therapists and clergy who are there for you
  • that we can pay attention to the details that matter—like 24/7 room service delivery and light, plant-filled rooms that seem a lot less like institutions and a lot more like home

As budgets tighten, and the music slows down, the goal of Ohio’s Hospice is not only to have a chair. It’s to be sitting with strong partners who understand that hospices should not be about making money. They should be about making lives better—for patients, for families, for all of us who want to make end-of-life care a deeply caring experience.

 

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