Policy Matters

Member Spotlight: Hospice of Northwest Ohio: Advocacy in Action

Reaching out to state legislators is more important than ever for them to see the impact of care provided to Ohioans and the need to protect and serve. During August, Hospice of Northwest Ohio reached out to Congressman Latta (R-OH) requesting his assistance to help aid in the care provided to local veterans through their hospice. What began with a letter quickly turned into a visit from the Congressman to the inpatient facility in Perrsyburg where he learned about the true care provided by hospice. Below is a highlight of advocacy activities by Hospice of Northwest Ohio staff. CONGRATULATIONS Judy and staff on your advocacy efforts!

Dave and Tammy Woleslagel on couch at left were delighted to talk about their family’s hospice experiences with Congressman Latta Judy Seibenick and Libby Troutman Congressman Latta enjoyed a lively conversation with Margaret Lovelly a hospice home care patient temporarily staying at our inpatient center for respite care Libby Troutman left Judy Seibenick and Congressman Latta

8-1-14  Judy Seibenick, President/CEO of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, sent Congressman Latta a letter requesting assistance in obtaining a contract with Ann Arbor VA to serve local Veterans in their inpatient units instead of them having to transfer to Ann Arbor or Detroit.  They received a positive response from this letter and his office was contacting Ann Arbor and is looking into this matter.

8-4-14  Libby Troutman (Social Worker) and Gina Kasch (Volunteer Coordinator)  met with Ryan Mack, Veteran’s Legislative Aide.  The visit went very well and Mr. Mack was given a tour and learned about the We Honor Veteran’s program and shared ideas on how to serve our veterans.

8-13-14  Congressman Latta and his aide, Melissa Short, visited the Perrysburg Inpatient Unit.  He met with President/CEO, Judy Seibenick and Libby Troutman, Social Worker.  Judy Lang (marketing) was also present and their wonderful dog, Juno, joined in the visit for a short time.   The Congressman was given a tour as Hospice of Northwest Ohio staff talked about their program and about Hospice services in general.  They were able to answer many detailed questions about pain management, the Hospice team, cost savings of hospice care,serving Veterans and more.  Congressman Latta had a very good conversation with a patient’s son & daughter-in-law and a conversation with another patient in her room here. (highlighted in the photos above)