Celebrating 30 Years of Compassionate Care

Thirty years of support, intervention and personalized medical care. Thirty years of counseling and care for patients and their families. Thirty years of compassionate care for the end-of-life and critical needs of those served. Thirty years of Mount Carmel Hospice.

In 1985, Sister Gladys Marie, an administrator at Mount Carmel, decided to start a hospice program. The first Mount Carmel Hospice patient was admitted, and a small-but-mighty staff of four began caring for patients at Mount Carmel West. Together they served 115 patients that year.

From those humble beginnings an innovative program emerged that is now a leader in central Ohio for providing end-of-life care and support. Today Mount Carmel Hospice occupies two floors on Dublin Road, with rooms for counseling, group sessions, activities and training. Last year alone, the program served nearly 2,000 patients — a growing portion of the 22,000 it has served over the last 30 years.

The staff has grown as well, with 145 members now supporting and carrying out the program’s mission. “It’s a team that’s accepted a special calling,” says Trinity Health System Director for Community Palliative Care, Lori Yosick. “Many have said their work with Hospice was the most rewarding work they ever did as a professional.”

Yosick, who led the Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care program for 14 years, believes “hospice continues to be that something else we can provide when others say ‘there is nothing more that can be done.’ We give hope; we give quality of life; we celebrate with patients and families.”

Many of these “something else” items, as well as programs provided by Hospice, are made possible through continued private philanthropic donations and the support of the Mount Carmel Foundation. The “something else” means veteran-centric care for all veteran patients and their families. It means a linen project that provides in-home hospice patients with a set of right-sized linens for the hospital bed they will use in their home. It means specialized programs and support groups for patients and family members before, during and after end-of-life care. It means celebrating life’s milestones, like birthdays and anniversaries.

“My husband was only in Hospice care for approximately 3½ days,” says a family member. “During that time, he celebrated his 92nd birthday. Two of the Hospice nurses went to the gift shop and bought him a gift.” “Something else” is what Mount Carmel Hospice was about when it was founded three decades ago, and it’s still what drives the program today.