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Visionary "Total Pain Model" Guides Hospice Care

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Hospice professionals today owe a debt of gratitude to Dame Cicely Saunders for the model of healthcare she developed in the 1960s. As a nurse, turned social worker, turned physician, she established St. Christopher's Hospice in London in 1967

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May 18 2016

Categories: Medical and Clinical 

Drs. Wellman, Connors Honored By Crain's

Two Hospice of the Western Reserve affiliated doctors were honored by  Crain’s Cleveland Business  as "Health Care Heroes." Dr. Charles Wellman and Dr. Alfred F. Connors Jr. were acknowledged at a special event on March 15. The Health Care Heroes were announced in the Feb. 29 edition of Crain's Cleveland Business.  
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March 20 2016

Categories: News and Community Medical and Clinical 

Who Will Make Your Medical Decisions?

Advance care planning - which in Ohio includes completion of Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will forms - empowers individuals to have a voice in their care by communicating health care choices at the end of life that reflect their ethical values and wishes. Having a written plan ensures preferences are honored should individuals be unable to speak for themselves.  Just as importantly, it saves families from the agonizing role of guessing what would be wanted during a life-threatening medical emergency.
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February 22 2016

Categories: Medical and Clinical Bill Finn, CEO 

47-year-old with Rare Disease to Donate Body for Research

This is the story of Jay Briggs, a 47-year-old resident of Rose Lane Health Center in Massillon. Jay is living with a serious progressive illness called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  In medical parlance, the term, "idiopathic" means the cause is undetermined. Although there is no known cure, treatments help manage the symptoms of the disease. Jay's story is also an account of personal strength and integrity, compassion and living life to the fullest extent possible in the face of an incredibly difficult diagnosis. Hospice supports Jay and makes that possible.

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February 19 2016

Categories: News and Community Philanthropy Medical and Clinical 

Post-Traumatic Stress at the End of Life

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been found among soldiers in every war. The syndrome begins when a traumatic event or events that a person has experienced leaves such a strong psychic impression that the person later suffers from recurrent, painful, and intrusive recollections. These may take the form of unwanted thoughts, images, or even hallucinations, called flashbacks, during which components of the event are actually relived.
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February 01 2016

Categories: Medical and Clinical Clinical Connections 

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