Press Releases

Posted: February 6, 2017
It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of LifeCare Hospice announces it has hired Kurt C. Holmes as its new Executive Director, effective February 13, 2017.  Kurt served as the Dean of Students at the College of Wooster for 14 years, and most recently, was the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University.   He and his wife Gina live in Wooster, and their children, Alex and Fred, are both graduates of Wooster High School.  Kurt received his undergraduate degree in economics from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and his Masters Degree in Public Policy from West Virginia University.  Kurt is very involved in the Wooster/Wayne County community serving...
Posted: December 29, 2016
Below is a copy of the letter from Congressman Jim Renacci to LifeCare Hospice (original letter attached)   The Hospice Family 1900 Akron Road Wooster, OH 44691-2518   To the Staff and Volunteers of LifeCare Hospice:   Please accept my sincerest appreciation for all you do. Your ceaseless dedication and commitment to helping others during the most difficult time of life-the end of life--has greatly impacted the lives of all those you touch.   Your service and compassion is deeply felt by your patients and their families. Your services provide dignity for those at the end of life's journey. For those left behind, you help the healing process begin. For all those acts of love, great and small...
Posted: May 24, 2016
Wooster, OH, May 2016— LifeCare Hospice has been named a 2016 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. "Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences," said Bobby Robertson, President and CEO of HEALTHCAREfirst. "I am extremely proud of LifeCare Hospice...
Posted: July 7, 2015
We Honor Veterans Program Awarded for Excellence National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization program We Honor Veterans receives ASAE Power of A Award. (Alexandria, VA) – We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is being recognized by the American Society of Association Executives with a 2015 Summit Award.  The Summit Awards are ASAE’s highest honor for associations.   We Honor Veterans is a national campaign conducted in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to engage and support community hospice providers in better understanding and addressing Veterans’ needs at the end of life. We Honor Veterans...
Posted: June 3, 2015
LifeCare Hospice has been recognized as one of the top hospices in the country, as determined by a satisfaction survey completed by caregivers. Out of 1700 hospice organizations nationwide, LifeCare Hospice is one of only three in Ohio that were awarded “Elite” status by Deyta, a company that specializes in data-driven management. Using their “Family Evaluation of Hospice Care” survey, completed by caregivers after the death of a loved one served by LifeCare Hospice, Deyta evaluated LifeCare’s performance on a set of 18 satisfaction indicator measures. Survey questions measured caregiver perceptions regarding the agency’s attention to a patient’s personal needs; the amount of information...
Posted: March 17, 2015
Disabled American Veterans, Wayne County Chapter 44, presented an American flag to LifeCare Hospice Social Services Coordinator Christy Michaels. The flag will be used to honor veterans who receive care in LifeCare's new inpatient unit. Pictured are Richard Dobec, Christy Michaels, and Hal Fulton.
Posted: January 13, 2015
Perhaps you've heard of Lauren Hill, the college basketball player who scored 10 points in her last 4 games, despite dealing with an inoperable, incurable brain cancer. Lauren's story is part of the Moments of Life campaign from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hear what Lauren says about how hospice care has helped her live life to the fullest...
Posted: December 3, 2014
LifeCare Hospice and Brookdale Place Wooster are partnering to bring a series of caregiver support meetings to the community. The programs are scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month. The programs are free of charge and include a complimentary lunch. Click for more details and registration information.
Posted: November 20, 2014
New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reinforces the benefits of hospice care for patients with cancer facing a poor prognosis.  The study, led by Dr. Ziad Obermeyer, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found cancer patients in hospice are less likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted to the intensive care unit, or undergo invasive procedures. The study included data from nearly 40,000 Medicare patients with cancer who died in 2011. The study also concludes that healthcare costs in the last year of life were about $9,000 lower per hospice patient.  Furthermore, nearly 75% of non- hospice patients in this study died in hospitals or...
Posted: November 11, 2014
Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard of Oregon ended her life on November 2. Maynard suffered from stage 4 glioblastoma, an incurable cancer of the brain. She made her choice to pursue physician-assisted suicide after researching what she would face as she approached the end of life and deciding to spare herself and her family the pain and indignities to come. As providers of hospice and palliative care, the professional staff at LifeCare Hospice contend that Maynard had another option – hospice care. To cite Dr. Ira Byock, one of America’s best known practitioners specializing in palliative (relieving - not curing) medicine, hospice is about life and the alleviation of suffering. Assisted...


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