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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

Hospice House Update - Lukens Family Funds Steven's Room - Ohio's Hospice Of Miami County

Family Funds Steven’s Room at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Hospice House

When Wanda and Bill Lukens gave a gift to help fund the building of the Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Hospice House, they wanted their gift to go toward something that would be meaningful to them and other families. 

Their donation went toward funding Steven’s Room, a cozy, homelike gathering place for family and friends. Located off the lobby and café in the future Hospice House, it will feature comfortable seating, books, games and a fireplace. Steven’s Room will be a place for family members and friends to gather, reminisce, talk and share stories.  

The Lukens’ son, Steven Poore, battled cancer when he was 7 years old, and then again at 20. “Both types of cancer were very rare and totally unrelated,” Wanda Lukens said. “The first one he was able to beat.”  

The second cancer, discovered right after Thanksgiving in the fall of 1989 when Steven was in his junior year at Hillsdale College in Michigan, was incurable. Despite this heart-wrenching diagnosis, Wanda said, “Steven’s goal was to graduate from college. And he did.” 

Through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, doctors were able to slow the advance of the disease. But after nine months, Steven told his parents he wanted to stop treatment. In the middle of March 1991, illness forced him to come home from college. At that point, the Lukens called Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County.  

Wanda recalled how wonderful the hospice care team was, praising nurse Noel Ranft, who is now a team leader at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County.  

“Noel was remarkable. She was only a couple of years older than Steven; having someone his age made a difference,” Wanda said. “We appreciated the comfort Noel and the team provided Steven while he was in hospice care.”  

Steven loved to sing. At Troy High School and later at Hillsdale College, he participated in choirs and performed in plays and musicals. According to Lukens, Ranft took the time to get to know Steven, and they shared music, stories, dreams and concerns.  

“If you have not had someone close to you who is terminally ill, you really can’t understand what it is like.” Wanda said. “The support, comfort and kindness provided by the hospice care team made a huge difference to our family.” 

At that time, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County did not have an inpatient care unit at Upper Valley Medical Center, so hospice care was provided in the Lukens’ home.  

“Friends and family came to our house to visit,” Wanda said. “This was comforting to all. They gathered in our living room to talk, joke, reminisce and share stories.”  

A week after his 22nd birthday in May 1991, Steven returned to Hillsdale College and graduated with his class, earning a B.A. in finance. Two weeks later on May 25, he died.  

The Lukens hope that other families will be able to gather in “Steven’s Room” just as loved ones once came together in their own living room.  

“The room that we are donating will make it possible for families to gather without being in the patient’s room or disturbing the patient,” Wanda said. “We believe in the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. We want others to be able to celebrate life’s stories, just as we were able to do with our family.” 

The new Hospice House is located at 3230 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy, Ohio. To ensure that Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County builds a Hospice House that will support the community for future generations, the not-for-profit hospice recently launched the $2 million phase of its building campaign. Support from individuals, corporations and foundations in Miami County and the surrounding area will be used to cover expenses related to construction of the new building and state-of-the-art equipment to furnish the facility. 

If you would like to provide support for theOhio’s Hospice of Miami County Hospice House building project, please visitwww.HospiceofMiamiCounty.org/BuildingSupport 

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