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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

Reflecting On Volunteering And The Center For Supportive Care - Ohio's Hospice Lifecare

Rebecca McCurdy Reflects on Volunteering and the Center for Supportive Care

As construction continues at the Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare Marilyn B. and Mark E. Gustafson Center for Supportive Care Rebecca McCurdy, manager of Volunteer Services at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, is looking forward to moving into the new center.

Q. How long have you worked for Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare?

A. On June 22, I celebrated 29 years with Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare serving our community.


Q. What has the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic taught you about volunteerism and your community? 

A. I was already very impressed with the quality of volunteerism in our community. We have an extremely robust and involved volunteer team. But it was impressive to see how volunteers were able to adapt and maintain their commitment. 

Q. Are there any stand-out memories from the past year and your volunteers?

A. There are many. Our medication/supply delivery volunteers rose to the designation of essential workers, helping us make sure our patients and their families had the things they needed. Guy Lilley, one of our volunteers, was instrumental in making this effort a success. 

Our volunteers were willing to don protective gear and find ways to connect with words and eye contact. Lynn Young is a great example of one of these volunteers. 

Our volunteers were able to connect with patients via phone calls and build really meaningful relationships with patients, despite never actually being in their physical presence. Marilyn Gustafson excelled with this challenge. 

Our volunteers also expanded our bereavement support for spouses going through their loss in such a strange and isolated time. Volunteer Sue Snavely was crucial in this outreach.

Q. What will the new Center for Supportive Care afford you and your volunteers?

A. The Marilyn B. and Mark E. Gustafson Center for Supportive Care will be a place where the Volunteer Team can prosper and grow in our sense of community. Volunteer education, including the initial training, ongoing continuing education, and volunteer support, will thrive in this designated space. We expect to be able to expand the volunteer contribution to administrative support with additional computer workstations and group work spaces. Because we’ll be sharing the space with the bereavement program, we hope to expand the volunteer support role in that area, too. 

Q. What are you looking forward to the most with the new space and resources? 

A. The volunteer program at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare is really an integral part of our mission. To me, the fact that Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare has prioritized expanding our space and enriching our resources is a symbol of the respect for the volunteer contribution to our mission. Even with the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 10% of patient care was contributed by volunteers in 2020. In a “normal” year, that contribution regularly exceeds 20%. The link between this hospice and the communities we serve is most strongly seen in the extraordinary commitment and compassion of our volunteer team. Having the Gustafson Center take pride of place on our campus will say to anyone who drives by, “This is a community that takes care of its own.”

Q. What would you say to anyone considering making a donation or volunteering their time to the organization?

A. Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare is extremely good at utilizing our resources in a meaningful way. Every dollar and every hour contributed to this work goes to the very core of our mission. This is a place where we don’t settle for mediocrity. Every member of our team of care, both paid and volunteer, is fully committed to enhancing our patients’ last season of life in every way possible. Despite the sorrow we bear witness to, that makes Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare a joyful place to work.

To learn more about how you can support the Marilyn B. and Mark E. Gustafson Center for Supportive care, click here.

To learn more about volunteering with Ohio’s Hospice Lifecare, click here.

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