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Community Invited to Join Hospice of the Western Reserve at 36th Annual Meeting

October 1, 2014

Sterner portraitLeading Military Historian, Co-author of “Stolen Valor Act” to Speak

Cleveland, Ohio (Oct. 1, 2014) — Members of the health care community, business partners, veterans’ organizations and friends are invited to join Hospice of the Western Reserve at the nonprofit agency’s 36th annual meeting: “The Call to Serve.” The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom at the Global Center for Health Innovation, 300 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland. (Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m.; the program will follow at 5:40 p.m.) Admission and valet parking are free, but reservations are required. Registration (adults only, please), is available online at hospicewr.org/calltoserve, or by calling 216.383.5291.

 The keynote speaker will be nationally renowned military historian Doug Sterner, co-author of the “Stolen Valor Act of 2005,” who has been dubbed by CNN as a “Most Intriguing Person in the News.” Sterner will share true stories of heroism, and will inspire the audience “to find the hero in all of us.” Several awards will be presented to members of the community who have shown exemplary support for the agency’s mission.

A decorated veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam, Sterner is a national correspondent who has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America and The History Channel, and contributed to news stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. He is also the creator and webmaster of the Home of Heroes website, an online museum devoted to America’s Medal of Honor recipients, from the 1862 inception of the award to the present day.

“We chose `The Call to Serve’ as our theme because it reflects our mission on so many levels,” said Bill Finn, Chief Executive Officer. “Our staff is called to serve hospice patients and their families; volunteers support our mission with their generous gifts of time and talent; and as a nonprofit agency, we are also privileged to serve the unique end-of-life needs of veterans.”  

Annual meeting attendees will honor the heroes in their own lives by collaborating to create both virtual and hands-on interactive “hero storyboards.” Guests will be encouraged to upload photos or short videos that exemplify their idea of “the call to serve” (i.e., teaching, volunteering, military service) and tweeting it with the hashtag #calltoserve. Ten-second videos composed by attendees will also be tweeted. Hospice of the Western Reserve will compile the videos and photos before, during and after the event. Meeting sponsors are Hanson Services, Inc., AdvaCare Systems, the Sherwin-Williams Co. Ciuni & Panichi, GMS and The Adcom Group.

 Founded in 1978, Hospice of the Western Reserve has grown in response to community needs. The agency offers one of the largest community hospice programs in the country. Its calling extends far beyond “typical hospice care” to serving the most vulnerable, including a pediatric program for children with life-threatening illnesses, grief support and crisis response for schools, and specialized end-of-life care for the most complex cases. Many of its 3,000 volunteers developed a deep desire to serve others after a member of their own family received compassionate end-of-life care. Last year, the organization’s volunteers donated more than 77,000 hours of service.

Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Vietnam Vet Will Speak at LCCC Veterans Recognition Ceremony

September 26, 2014

Acclaimed poet and pCopyrightrofessor Dr. Bruce Weigl will address veterans and their guests at a special Nov. 6 ceremony on the Lorain County Community College Campus in Elyria. The two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee has a long history that involves being nominated twice for the prestigious award, including one in 2013 when he was named one of two finalists.

Weigle was recently named Faculty Liaison for Veteran Affairs at the College. 

       Register for the event here.

The event, hosted by Hospice of the Western Reserve, will include a veterans recognition ceremony for those who served in any of the U.S. Armed Forces branches.

Weigl should be able to relate to his audience: The new graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School served in Vietnam from December 1967 to December 1968 and received the Bronze Star.  

Many of his works are inspired by his service in Army and time spent in Vietnam.

In The Circle of Hanh, written after he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1979,  Weigl writes, “The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return…the fate the world has given me is to struggle to write powerfully enough to draw others into the horror.”

He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Song of Napalm and again in 2013 when he was named one of two finalists in poetry for his 13th book of poetry, The Abundance of Nothing. ThePulitzer jury described The Abundance of Nothing as “a powerful collection of poems that explore the trauma of the Vietnam War and the feelings that have never left many of those who fought in the conflict.”

Weigl obtained a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and a Master of Arts Degree in Writing/American and British Literature from the University of New Hampshire. 

Registration

Registration for the event starts at 11:00 a.m. The lunch/program begins at 11:30 a.m. Registration is available online or by phone at 440.366.4148 or 800.995.5222 x4148. The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

The Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center is located at 1005 North Abbe Road in Elyria.

Sign up for our Oct. 30 Annual Meeting at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland. Free and open to the public.  

 

Job Opening: Communications and Account Manager

September 26, 2014

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND ACCOUNT MANAGER
Location: Cleveland, OH

Responsible for strategy development and execution of internal and external events for the purposes of brand building, fundraising and enhancing the agency’s community presence.  Responsible for the conceptualizing, creating, developing, writing and editing of communications relating to Hospice of the Western Reserve’s campaigns, print material, and community advertising and electronic and print newsletters.  As a member of the communications team, interacts with all of the organization’s teams to promote Hospice of the Western Reserve’s brand and services.

Requirements: Four year degree in marketing, advertising, communications, journalism or other related field; Demonstrated successful experience in communication, preferably with a minimum of five years’ experience in related work environment.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Bridges of Courage One-Day Teen Retreat

September 25, 2014

 Bedford Reservation Summer 2013

Are you aware of a young person who could use some support on his or her grief journey? If so, please be sure to make them aware of our upcoming retreat for teens. 

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center is offering Bridges of Courage, a one-day retreat for ages 14 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Teens will have an opportunity to share their story with other teens who understand the courage it takes to face the changes brought on by the loss of someone special. They will engage in activities that will help them remember and honor their loved ones.

We are making two dates and locations available for those interested in attending this retreat.  

 

 Saturday, October 11

Lakeshore Campus, 300 East 185th Street Cleveland, OH 44119

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Call Dominique Butler at 216.486.6287 to register.

 

Saturday, November 8

Ashtabula Office, 1166 Lake Ave, Ashtabula, OH 44004

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Call Susan Hamme at 440.997.6619 to register.

Job Opening: Senior Development Officer

September 25, 2014

 

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Location: Cleveland, OH

Works with the CEO, CDO, and Director of Development, Board of Trustees and Volunteers to develop major philanthropic gifts to support the immediate and long-term goals of Hospice of the Western Reserve. Designs, implements and manages annual and long-term fundraising plans to generate significant major and planned, capital, operational and endowment gifts. Cultivates relationships to foster lifelong donors to Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; Minimum five years experience in development with three years experience in cultivation and solicitation of large commitments; Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and ability to deal with a wide range of relationships and situations.                                

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Infection Control Employee Health Nurse

September 25, 2014

 

INFECTION CONTROL EMPLOYEE HEALTH NURSE
Location: Cleveland, OH

Manages the Infection Control/Employee Health Program and serves as an organizational resource for these practices. Ensures compliance with Ohio State rules and regulations, CMS CoP’s, OSHA regulations, CDC guidelines, The Joint Commission standards and National Patient Safety Goals. Maintains surveillance, which includes the systematic collection, analysis and dissemination of information on disease, injury, or hazard to prevent infectious disease and promote staff, patient, family and visitor safety. 

Requirements: Licensed RN in State of Ohio; Strong understanding of blood borne pathogens, TB, and communicable diseases, and adult Med/Surg experience within the last three years; Infection Control Certification preferred.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

Back to job listings

 

About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant

September 25, 2014

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Location: Cleveland, OH

Carries out support functions for the Director of Volunteers related to all volunteer functions. Assists with recruitment process by mailing applications, maintaining recruitment records and correspondence with prospective volunteers. Assists with networking and presentations in the community.

Requirements: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public administration, business administration or a related field, and experience in an administrative staff position; or any equivalent combination of training and experience; Knowledge of the principles and practices of public or business management including budgeting, personnel administration, and/or program management; Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

Back to job listings

 

About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Accounts Payable Coordinator

September 25, 2014

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE COORDINATOR
Location: Cleveland, OH

Performs accounts payable functions to process trade and ancillary invoices for payment according to established procedures and guidelines. Process, code, batch and enter assigned trade and ancillary vendor invoices. Conduct required research to reconcile invoice discrepancies/issues with staff and vendors.

Requirements: Three (3) years experience with processing accounts payable or comparable accounting/clerical work experience; Three (3) years experience with computerized accounts payable software system; Proficient in advanced functionality of word processing, database and spreadsheet software packages.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

Back to job listings

 

About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Hospice of the Western Reserve Helps ‘Young Frankenstein’ Fan See Favorite Comedy Adapted to Stage

September 24, 2014

Former WJW-AM exec, WWII vet is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at Kent State

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Teacher, director, pastor, and poet Bob West embodies many talents; cherished a night out with his family thanks to the help of Hospice staff. Through Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Life Enrichment program, West’s care team organized an evening out that let him experience the new version of one of his favorite films.

A lifelong fan of the movie Young Frankenstein, West,  recently received the opportunity to see the Mel Brooks comedy adapted to the stage at the Beck Center For the Arts in Lakewood.

As an Emeritus Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kent State University, West used the 1974 production as a prime example of comedic film. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease just over three years ago, West retired from teaching, and now spends his time with family.

West, a World War II veteran, has had an illustrious career. He is known for his work as a radio executive at WJW-AM radio, has published a book of poetry has directed a horror film in the 1970s.

West has been in the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve since June and although has difficulty remembering specific na

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mes, he receives great benefit from the team members that visit. He loves to socialize and connect. 

Although he knows all of the classic lines and enjoyed the film as a comedy, West felt hesitant about the story’s transition into a musical. 

 

“It’s Alive,” one of the most memorable quotes from the movie, was included in the musical production and several of West’s favorite jokes became whole musical numbers, including the classic, “Roll in Ze Hay.”

 After seeing the show, West reported that “the performances were great.” He was pleasantly surprised how much he enjoyed the new version.

Young Frank2The event was arranged by West’s nurse, DeLisa Hunter HNA, and made possible by the generosity of Edward Gallagher of the Beck Center for the Arts. With the help of volunteers, West was transported to the Beck Center and enjoyed a night of theatre with his wife and two children. 

 Team Leader Tracey Frazee, described this special night best by saying, “He wanted to have a date with his wife.”

IMPACT Act Passes U.S. House and Senate

September 19, 2014

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The act requires more frequent surveys of hospice providers. The bill mandates that all Medicare-certified hospices be surveyed at least as frequently as every three years for at least the next 10 years.

This legislation includes several hospice integrity provisions that are backed by the hospice community. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization supports this legislation and applauds the additional oversight it will bring to end-of-life care providers.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve supports all regulatory oversight because it helps us better care for our patients and families,” said Rebecca Patrick, Director of Quality for the nonprofit agency. “It has been our standard practice to submit to routine inspections by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which are administered by the Ohio Department of Health every two years. We also voluntarily participate in surveys and inspections by the Joint Commission every three years. Hospice of the Western Reserve is happy to share our quality statistics. Click here for more information.”

Click here to read the press release from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.