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WINTER 2019/2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joanne M. Berryman, Ed.D., MSN, RN, FACHE, Chair Provost, Spalding University (retired)

Patient Family Advisory Councils Patient Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) bring healthcare providers together with patients and families for open discussions about the quality of care and how to improve the future family and patient

Cathy Zion, Immediate Past Chair Owner & Publisher, Today’s Media Kevin Wardell, Chair-Elect Retired Healthcare Executive Roger Harbeson, CPA, CFE, Treasurer President/CPA, Monroe Shine Co. Inc., CPAs

experience. The councils help inform an organization’s continuing

Charlie Dahlem, Secretary President, Dahlem Realty Company

PFACs are an amazing tool that allow us to partner with our families and

Lynn Bynum Chief Human Resources Officer Bellarmine University

education and training, as well as policy and process changes.

learn together. In 2020 we are planning five new PFACs throughout our service area.

Cheri Glass Vice President, Human Resources Baptist Health

If you are

Cis Beam Gruebbel , RN Retired, Norton Children’s Hospital

being part of

Marlyce Hill Ali, M.D. Medical Director, Centerstone

interested in

a PFAC in your

Paul Loheide, M.D. Internal Medicine, One MD

contact Amy Hill

Mandi McKay (representing Southern Indiana) Billing Manager, Frost Brown Todd

area, please

at 502.719.4217.

Jim Murphy Retired, Brown-Forman Brian Oldham Chief Information Officer, Appriss, Inc.

Ambassador Program The goal of the Hosparus Health Ambassador Program is to raise awareness of our services and volunteer opportunities in our community, engage organizations in making us their local mission, and to communicate our vision to others. An extension of our outreach and volunteer efforts, we work with community members to educate them about our services, they then share the benefits with their networks.

Caring Connections is published for donors and friends of Hosparus Health. To receive news about Hosparus Health programs and events or to be removed from the mailing list, contact Beth Hobson at 502.719.4138 or email your request to bhobson@hosparus.org.


Denise Roby Chair, Candle Glow Gala Dr. Todd Schmiedeler SVP, Foundation & Workforce Development Trilogy Health Services Neal Thomas Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP Brent Thompson (representing Green River) Marketing Wizard/Sales Manager Shoreline Communications, Inc. James L. Watson (representing Central Kentucky) Sr. Vice President/Sr. Commercial Lender WesBanco Bank, Inc. Phil Marshall (ex-officio) President/CEO

From Our

Dear Community Friends and Supporters, It’s hard to believe we’re already a few months into a brand-new decade! Here at Hosparus Health, you can rest assured that no matter what the ’20s hold, we will continue to deliver the compassionate, high-quality care you’ve come to expect. In 2019, we’re proud to have cared for 8,800 patients and their families, helping them to create more moments they may not have been able to experience without our support. Thanks to the advocacy and kindness of people like you, we’ll be able to make our care available to more families dealing with serious illness who need us more than ever before — in 2020 and beyond. We will always rely on our generous donors to fund services not covered by insurance, like Brad Ruch, who hosts an event each year that provides scholarships to our nurses (page 8) and the Dubois County Community Foundation, which awarded us a grant to launch grief services at our new office in Jasper, IN (back cover). But making monetary gifts like these are not the only ways you can help us secure our legacy. In this issue of Caring Connections, we’re highlighting 20 ways you can make a difference in the lives of seriously ill patients and their loved ones. Some are simple and quick, while others require an ongoing commitment, but they all make a lasting impact.

If you’re a talented quilter or crafter, you can make care blankets for patients that often become a keepsake for the family after their loved one passes. If you’ve had an experience with our care, we invite you to join one of our Patient and Family Advisory Councils to voice your opinions on what we’re doing right, and what we can do better. Become a member of the Autumn Leaf Society by including us in your estate plans. Or, volunteer a few hours a month in whatever way that’s most comfortable for you — perhaps as a companion to patients, at the registration table at one of our fundraising events or as an Ambassador at your church or business association. I encourage you to explore this issue of Caring Connections to find new ways to connect with Hosparus Health in the coming year. On behalf of everyone we serve, I want to personally thank you for any amount of your valuable time, talent and treasure you choose to share with Hosparus Health. With so many worthy causes in our community, I am truly humbled that you entrust us with your support, year after year. Gratefully,


Going green! Save trees and clutter – sign up to receive our Caring Connections magazine via email, instead of your mailbox. Contact Beth Hobson at bhobson@hosparus.org or call 502.719.4138 with your email address. You can always find the Caring Connections magazine on our website HosparusHealth.org, then click on “Donate.”



It’s a new decade and with the New Year comes a desire for many to give back. At Hosparus Health we have countless opportunities to share your time, talents or treasure. Below are just some of the ways to help. To learn more about getting involved call the Development Office at 502.719.4117 or visit HosparusHealth.org.

Make a Care Blanket

Become an Ambassador see page 2

Give a Shining Star to an amazing caregiver

Donate to our Inpatient Care Center Pantry

Start a Facebook Fundraiser

visit HosparusHealth.org/ Donate for details

Setup a Matching Gift with Your Employer

Make a Turban

for our cancer patients

Join the Autumn Leaf Society see page 10

Donate an auction item for an event

Become a Patient Care Volunteer

Donate Goods to our Thrift Shoppes

Attend our Events

Make a Donation

in Elizabethtown or Campbellsville

Request Hosparus to Speak at your work or community group – call 800.264.0521

Donate Medical Supplies see back cover

see page 5

visit HosparusHealth.org/ Events

Become a Specialty Volunteer


Volunteer at our Grief Counseling Center

Join our Patient and Family Advisory Council see page 2

Shop Online and designate Hosparus

as your charity of choice

community rewards

Become an Advocate


Volunteer and Patient Recreate a 45 Year Old Shop Project By: Sky Yeasayer

“finished wood” project was a lamp that I made in middle school shop class, 45 years ago. I told him I still own the lamp, and we use it in a spare bedroom in the house. So, when Ed then asked me about doing a project, I said it would be fun to make another lamp, all these years later. Ed said, “let’s do it!” The next visit, I brought the lamp and we started the process of recreating it.

VO L U N T E E R A N DY K I E H L (L E F T ) W I T H T H E R E C R E AT E D L A M P A N D E D DA H L E M (R I G H T ) W I T H T H E O R I G I N A L L A M P.


ndy Kiehl joined Hosparus Health volunteers in May 2019 after one of our resource nurses recruited him in a yoga studio. In addition to working full time, Andy was also involved with Holy Trinity Parish School, volunteering with the sports team and coaching for 20 years, but he still was called to donate his time at Hosparus Health. Andy jumped right in providing companionship to patients in Louisville after meeting the requirements to become a volunteer. Kayla Crawley, volunteer manager, said Andy has been great not only building relationships with patients, but also advocating for their needs. He brings flexibility and visits at times that not only provide companionship, but also respite for the caregiver. Andy received a call from Kayla in August about a new assignment. Our patient, Ed Dahlem, hoped to be paired with a volunteer who enjoyed sharing his love of woodworking. Andy shares this about the experience: I was assigned to Ed because he is an avid woodworker and has a shop in the basement of his home. During our first visit, while getting to know each other, he asked if I had ever done any woodworking projects. Although handy, and having done a lot of home improvement, my only real

As an amazingly talented man, Ed worked with me to show how we could make a replica. The first step was picking out the right material from his extensive collection of wood. He possessed a great eye for design and detail and chose a beautiful contrasting wood to put a modern look on an old design.

An engineer by education and trade, he instructed me in the next step to make size drawings of the pieces of the lamp. The third step was cutting all pieces out of the wood. There were design challenges along the way with the cord, electrical parts and pump handle switch, but Ed is a great thinker and we worked together to solve each issue. After sanding and applying urethane to all the pieces, we assembled the lamp. The final step was connecting all the electrical parts. After just five visits, we were able to put in a bulb, plug the lamp in and light it up, side by side with the original from 45 years ago. Although this was far from the most creative, challenging or artistic project that Ed has ever done, he was an amazing teacher and was as proud as I was when we finished. One of the great rewards of volunteering is the feeling of connecting with a patient and finding common interests and accomplishments. This was a fantastic experience. I look forward to my time with Ed and hope to be able to work on other projects in the coming weeks.

Change someone’s life, including your own. Become a volunteer!

Get started today! Visit HosparusHealth.org to complete your application.



13th Annual

Dance Judges:

Ike Orwick, Director of Tax / CPA, Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC Pam Bennett Martin, Principal, Bennett & Bennett Insurance Daniel Farmer, Singer, The Juice Box Heroes Angie Fenton, Host, WHAS Great Day Live!


Congratulations to winner Missy Hillock and professional dancer Clay Marshall.

t was another unforgettable September night at Hosparus Health’s 13th Annual Dancing with Our Southern Indiana Stars (DWOSIS)! More than 650 guests came out to Huber’s Orchard & Winery to support eight local celebrities who hit the dance floor in support of Hosparus Health’s patients and families in Indiana. Thanks to the community’s generous support, the event raised nearly $250,000! Missy Hillock dancing with her pro partner, Clay Marshall, took the trophy home after performing the first-ever dance battle against Neil Kochert and his pro, Cherie Lanier! A big thank you to all who supported the event including the professional dancers: Irina Morozova, Damian Pataluna, Cherie Lanier, Jani Szukk and Clay Marshall. The success of this event would not be possible without our committee chairs Donna Kirchgessner, Pam Lumley and Carrie Magers who volunteer their time. View all photos at: https://hosparus.smugmug.com.

The 2019 Dancing Lineup (left to right): Clay Marshall, Missy Hillock, Allison Uhl, Damian Pataluna, Jenny Higbie, Kelly McVoy, Jani Szukk, Carrie Magers, 2018 dancing winner Dustin Korb, Mike (Jocko) Joksimovic, Irina Morozova, Josh Johnson, Matt Kirchgessner, Matt’s daughter, Cherie Lanier, and Neil Kochert.



Phil Marshall and Bill & Juanita Beach


ur 14th annual Candle Glow Gala was an incredible success! The event raised more than $345,000, allowing us to offer our services to those who may otherwise be unable to afford them. We also honored individuals who have gone above and beyond to support our mission, and who live their lives with an “attitude of gratitude.” Award winners included: Jack Medford and the Medford Family Foundation, (Sherrill Thirlwell Award) for their many years of support for our Kourageous Kids program; Bill & Juanita Beach, (Sister Marilyn Spink Service Award) for their devoted support of Hosparus Health for nearly 30 years; and our very own Sr. Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician Dr. Thomas McKain, (Dr. Joe Rotella Compassion Award) for providing exemplary care to our patients and families. Additional recognitions were given to Helen Donaldson, who played an instrumental role as Hosparus Health’s CEO in the 1990s, and Mission and Stewardship Officer Bob Mueller who led countless successful fundraising campaigns over the years. They each received Ovation Awards and the inaugural Mueller Gratitude Award. The event would not be possible without our amazing event committee, led by Gala Chairs Denise Roby and Lori Tyra, and Glow Lounge Chairs Lauren Hendricks and Taylor Springelmeyer. Huge thanks to our Presenting Sponsors McGriff Insurance Services and The Bufford Family Foundation, as well as Gold Sponsor Republic Bank & Trust Co., and Silver Sponsors Dahlem Realty, Dignity Memorial, Humana, JRA Architects, Allston Group, LBM Construction Co., ORI, Ratterman Funeral Home, Splash Analytics and Trilogy Health Services. View all photos at: https://hosparus.smugmug.com.

Dr. Joe Rotella, Dr. Tom McKain and Phil

The Roby Family

Phil and Jack Medford

Phil, Helen Donaldson and Bob Mueller

Randy & Susan Bufford





Family Honors Late Father by Providing Scholarships to Hosparus Health Nurses Ruch Recipients Say Thanks...

Rhoda Webb Filback, BSN Clinical Manager, Barren River

The Ruch Foundation scholarship helped further my education by offsetting a portion of the costs. I have less anxiety about how to pay for school, which has allowed me to focus on studying. Receiving the scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to study payor guidelines and business processes that were previously beyond my scope of practice as an on-call nurse. I have never found myself unable to offer compassionate care for patients and their families but continuing my education


allowed me to recognize that the “best quality of life” is different for every patient and family. I have earned a BSN since receiving The Ruch Foundation scholarship and am nine hours away from completing a MSN!

Doug Hedges, MSN, BSBA, RN Jessica Ward, RN, BSN, CHPN Customer Support Nurse

Bill Meredith, ADN, RN

Clinical Supervisor, Louisville

The scholarship has helped me to stay focused and in school to obtain my BSN (almost completed). As I continue my education, I can pass that knowledge along to my staff and increase the quality of our overall patient care.

This scholarship helped me obtain my BSN. With this degree, I have been able to expand my knowledge in the nursing field which, in turn, furthers Hosparus Health’s mission to improve the quality of life. I am now able to easily find evidence-based practices that can help our patients and families. The BSN courses also taught me about the rapid changes occurring in the healthcare system and how this applies to the end-of-life setting.

Area Director of Intake and Customer Support

Because of the scholarship I received, I have been able to further my education without borrowing or taking out additional student loans. The Ruch Foundation has provided me the education experience I need to implement my learning into daily practices as a manager in the healthcare industry. The scholarship allowed me to earn my Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management. By incorporating new knowledge and concepts, I can lead my teams more efficiently to better serve our patients.


t just 34 years old, Brad Ruch is already creating a llegacy because of his generosity.

“Looking back on it, it was huge for Mom and me to be

with him, and for his friends to be able to visit,” Brad says. “We didn’t realize how important [end-of-life care] was

Over the last eight years, The Ruch Foundation has

donated $68,000 to Hosparus Health for scholarships.

until later.”

Because of The Ruch Foundation, 18 scholarships have

In 2012, Brad decided to begin directing his fundraising

them to go back to school and complete their four-year

he’s helped over the years has only strengthened his

been awarded to Hosparus Health nurses, allowing degrees.

“The majority of the people we have helped

are still with Hosparus Health, some of whom

have even moved into management roles,” Brad says, proudly. “That makes me feel like we’re making a real difference.”

In 2009, Brad and his mom, Mary, launched

The Ruch Foundation to honor the legacy of

his late father by raising money for cancer research. James F. “Jimmy” Ruch had died

from an aggressive form of lung cancer. But

when a friend suggested they could make an impact by supporting Hosparus Health, Brad

efforts toward nursing education. Talking with the nurses commitment to Hosparus Health, he says.

“ back, Looking it was huge for Mom and me to be with him [dad], and for his friends to be able to visit. We didn’t realize how important it was until later.”

was eager to hear more. He admits he did not really think about the effect end-of-life care had on his family until then.

“It’s great to hear how much it is really

impacting their lives, and helping them

to better themselves and grow within the company,” Brad says.

The Ruch Foundation raises money for

Hosparus Health through its re-imagined

version of the Taco Open, a golf event his dad

used to play in at Louisville Country Club when Brad was a kid. The Ruch Foundation revived it

in 2009 as a fundraiser. It has grown from about 50 participants in its first year to 200 attendees in 2019. In addition to $10,000 in scholarships awarded annually, The Ruch Foundation has

donated additional proceeds from the event toward our services and other needs.

Jimmy Ruch went into the hospital after his battle with

“Hosparus Health has been a great partner,” says Brad.

passed away just 14 days later. During those final days,

that we continue to grow the amount we’re able to give.”

cancer took a turn for the worse in September 2008 and he received comfort care and was surrounded by those he loved.

“We are 100% committed to this relationship, and I hope Thank you, Brad and Mary Ruch!

The Ruch Foundation’s 11th annual Taco Open was held in August at Oxmoor Country Club, and featured six holes of golf with one club of the player’s choice in scramble format, a Nacho Bar, Mexican Cantina, live music, and silent and live auctions.



My Autumn Leaf Story By: Lisa Sanford

You might know me as Director of Development for Hosparus Health, but this amazing organization touched my life long before I came to work here. My Hosparus story began in 1990, when the mother of the man I would marry was our patient in Central Kentucky. Johnnie Ruth was a Christian, military wife and mother of four boys. When she got sick, my now-husband Steve was in graduate school and working part time. On top of all that, he became her primary caregiver. It was stressful, but he says he wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thanks to Hosparus Health, Steve was able to give Johnnie Ruth the dignity she deserved at the end of her life. Her nurse helped Steve understand what was happening, and gave him the support he needed to just be her son (and not caregiver) and make the most of the time she had left. A volunteer also provided respite care and gave Steve much-needed breaks. Johnnie Ruth passed away peacefully in October 1990. After Steve and I married, I was working as branch director for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and believed it was a job I would stay in forever. God had other plans. In early 2004, BBBS was renting office space from Hosparus Health when I learned about an opening. I heard my calling loud and clear, and this year celebrated 16 years of service. But my story doesn’t end there. Twelve years ago, my sister-in-law passed away from cancer at our Inpatient Care Center in downtown Louisville, KY. It became a home-away-from-home for my brother and nephew, who lived three hours away, allowing them to be by her side until the end. My family is forever grateful for the comfort and support we received. After such deeply touching experiences, it was an easy choice for Steve and me to join the Autumn Leaf Society by leaving a gift to Hosparus Health in our estate plan. Now, I’m proud to take over for Bob Mueller as liaison for the loyal donors of our Autumn Leaf Society, and help others do the same. Please contact me to find out how you can become an Autumn Leaf Society member, and make a planned gift that will ensure all our patients and families have the opportunity to create more moments together. Lisa Sanford, BSW Director of Development, Hosparus Health

A special program for those who remember Hosparus Health in their will or estate plans. To find out more information, please contact: Lisa Sanford, Director of Development lsanford@hosparus.org or 270.304.2329



Barbecue, Bidding and Beats at Green River Lake State Park

Barren River’s Tasting event – Fresh and Delicious


It was late September and a beautiful Thursday evening to be hanging out at the Green River Lake State Park Pavilion for the Hosparus Health Bar-B-Q Bash. 100 attendees and sponsors helped us raise funds to support patients in our Green River community. Green River Board member Brent Thompson and Kessler Auction & Realty Company worked the crowd for bids on auction items, while supporters enjoyed delicious barbecue from Joe Creason Catering. Local musicians Chad Shively and Brent Thompson entertained the crowd for the event. A special thanks goes to our Presenting sponsor Tender Touch Senior Services, Inc. and Premium sponsor Magnolia Bank-Campbellsville.


Barren River’s annual Evening of Tasting was graciously hosted by Atha Ford in her beautiful home in Bowling Green. Guest enjoyed delicious, freshly prepared sushi from Shogun of Japan, appetizers from Southern Kentucky Catering, Zaxby’s, Montana Grill, Cambridge Market, Cake BG, White Squirrel Brewery along with wine and bourbon. Katrina Franklin, a Glasgow native, shared with guests her family’s Kourageous Kids story. Her son, Bradley, was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer. Franklin said Hosparus Health provided comfort, compassion and peace of mind during one of the most difficult times a person can experience. The event raised over $13,000 to benefit our Kourageous Kids program in the Barren River region. Many thanks to our Presenting sponsor Graves Gilbert Clinic and Savory sponsors Cone Funeral Home, Farmers National Bank and Franklin Bank & Trust Company Mrs. and Dr. James Clements (Board Chair) and Hosparus Staff

Hostess Atha Ford with daughter Katherine Ford

A Golfing Tradition at Midland Trail Golfers from around the region participated

in the 2019 Midland Trail Golf Club Tournament. The Midland Trail family and golf pros Patrick

Barry and David Lilford have organized this annual event for at least 25 years. This year’s tournament raised $27,000 to benefit Hosparus Health. Many

thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters whose generosity goes a long way towards helping us

create more moments for our patients and their families.


Hosparus Health 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive Louisville KY 40205 LOUISVILLE – 502.456.6200 Louisville, KY Inpatient Care Center – 502.629.3600 Downtown Louisville, KY BARREN RIVER – 270.782.7258 Bowling Green and Glasgow, KY CENTRAL KENTUCKY – 270.737.6300 Elizabethtown, KY GREEN RIVER – 270.789.4247 Campbellsville, KY INDIANA New Albany, IN – 812.945.4596 Jasper, IN – 812.827.5200 THRIFT SHOPPES 611 W Poplar St, Suite A1 Elizabethtown, KY 270.769.0569 M-F 9-5, Sat 10-5 1488 Old Lebanon Rd, Suite B Campbellsville, KY 270.469.9909 M-F 9-6 Referrals can be made by anyone. CALL: 800.264.0521 Available 24/7 www.HosparusHealth.org A not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider. Accredited by The Joint Commission.


Donating Medical Supplies Accepted: All un-opened supplies in their original packaging. We also accept gently used durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, potty chairs, etc. These items must be clean when they are donated. We can accept items that have been opened. These items are donated to Supplies Over Seas, who either ships, donates or recycles them. Not Accepted: We never accept medications. We are unable to accept large items like hospital beds, lift chairs, etc., because we cannot transport/store them. To Donate: Drop off supplies to the Hosparus Health office at 6200 Dutchmans Lane (lower level). Pickup of supplies is provided for our patients/families. Team members can pick up the supplies, or can arrange for a Volunteer to pick them up.


Jasper Office Opens Hosparus Health is now offering compassionate

hospice and palliative care to more families in Indiana thanks to the opening of our new office in Jasper.

A grand opening was held in September with Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide, state representatives and members of Dubois County Chamber of Commerce in attendance.

The full-service office serves patients in Dubois,

Perry, Orange, Daviess, Martin, Pike and Spencer

counties. Because the office is centrally located, we

are now able to quickly and easily provide our full continuum of care to seriously ill patients and their families. In addition to medical care, the new office offers spiritual, social and grief services. Thank you to the Dubois County Community

Foundation for the generous $10,000 grant which will fund grief support groups for adults and children, a community memorial service and other specialized bereavement services.

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