Like so many Dayton inventions, Hospice of Dayton was the inspiration of a Dayton native whose personal drive and determination led to trailblazing innovation. After caring for her own mother during a terminal illness, Betty Schmoll was determined to offer Dayton residents an alternative approach to end-of-life care. Her passion and leadership resulted in the Miami Valley healthcare community joining together to contribute resources and nursing staff to establish a non-profit, community-based hospice in 1978. Hospitals in the Miami Valley contributed resources, staffing, and space to support the fledgling hospice program. The humble beginning included one RN, two volunteers, five patients, and $3,000 in funding.
In 2013 Hospice of Dayton marks the 35th anniversary of its mission to the Dayton community, now serving 4,000 patients annually and employing 650. Volunteers continue to play a vital role, with over 800 members of the community donating time and talent to support the program. Patients receive care in their own homes, in extended care and assisted living facilities, area hospitals, and two Hospice House locations. The mission of celebrating the lives of patients by providing superior care and superior services remains the centerpiece of care provided by Hospice of Dayton. Hospice of Dayton is a strong advocate for patient choice and quality of life, empowering patients to define their own end-of-life journey.
Hospice of Dayton also supports family members with grief support and bereavement counseling services, available at no cost and regardless of whether Hospice of Dayton’s hospice services have been utilized. These programs, along with the wide array of complementary care services provided to patients, are all made possible through community support and donations. This Dayton Original continues to provide the very best end-of-life care, support, and comfort for the Dayton community!