Monday, January 13, 2020

After School Program a Success

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The Darke County Park District began offering their new after-school program, “Conservation Kids”, in October 2019. The program continues to be successful with more children attending each month. Conservation Kids is held at the Bish Discovery Center on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm. The program requires registration but is FREE and open to children ages 8-11. Past months’ topics include conservation-based themes such as stream water quality, the water cycle, forest management, deforestation, biodiversity and more. January’s program will focus on wildlife conservation in Ohio. Students who attend will travel back through Ohio’s history to see how our actions have affected wildlife over the course of time. They will also get the chance to meet some wildlife ambassadors and learn about what they can do to protect animals and habitats here in Ohio.

If you’re interested in registering your student to attend the next Conservation Kids program, on January 14th, visit or call 937-548-0165.

Cancer Association of Darke County holds their annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle

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You could be the winner of this raffle!

A Gourmet Dinner for 8 will be prepared by a gourmet cooking team.

Tickets are currently available now through February 08, 2020 for $5 each or 6 for $25. The drawing will be held on February 11.

The date of the dinner is decided by the winner.

The winner gets to choose the location (Local) or a place can be chosen for you.

Cancer patients in Darke County are battling a difficult disease. Proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

To get your tickets, call Christine at 548-9960 or email

Thank you in advance for your support!

Cancer Association of Darke County is holding their annual subs fundraiser

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If you like subs and brownies and you also like to help local cancer patients, the Cancer Association of Darke County would like your help with this fundraiser.

You can order subs and/or brownies now at a good price and pick them up in February.

The subs sell for $5 or $5.50 and the brownies are $1.00 each or $25 for a tray of 48.

The proceeds will be used to help local cancer patients.

The orders must be in by January 17, 2019 and can be picked up at First Assembly of God, 7219 St. Rt. 118, Greenville, Ohio, on February 8 from 12-2 pm.

You can get your order form by stopping in at the cancer office at 1111 Sweitzer Street in the Wayne Cancer Center, or by emailing, or calling the office at 548-9960 and let us know where you want the form sent.

Thank you for your continued support!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

State of the Heart Care Employees Attend Bereavement Skills Training

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Two staff members from State of the Heart Care, Bereavement Specialist Sarah Depoy and Social Services Manager Erin Meyer, recently attended the Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference was led by world-renowned grief counselor, author, and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt. With only 36 attendees, this was a very personable gathering that allowed for great conversations and breakout sessions on a smaller scale. Seminars during the conference covered topics on becoming more familiar with the grief process, enhancing abilities to relate to the grieving person or family, developing new skills to cope with personal feelings related to death and grief, and heightening awareness of resources in the areas of death, dying, grief, and bereavement. According to Dr. Wolfelt, he believes in “companioning” the bereaved, in contrast to the medical model of “treating patients.” He teaches that companioning is about being present to another person’s pain, honoring the spirit, listening with the heart, bearing witness to the struggles of others, and walking alongside them.

Erin described the conference as emotionally exhausting but rewarding at the same time. They learned about grief and loss and how to better help patients, families, and the communities State of the Heart Care serves. Currently, State of the Heart Care stays in touch with families for 13 months following the passing of a loved one. Erin shared that one of the takeaways she had from the conference was that the bereavement program may need to extend past 13 months to better support families. She also thought that there could be some ways to improve and expand grief groups. Sarah learned ways to listen to clients better to read where they are in the grief process and how to start that journey with them. They both agreed that the conference made them look at their own grief, and where they were personally in the grieving process. Erin stated she wants to continue their education in bereavement to offer the best services possible to the community. For more information on the many bereavement services State of the Heart Care offers, please contact Bereavement Specialist Sarah DePoy at 800-417-7535.

Monday, January 6, 2020

State of the Heart Care Employees Chosen to Join NHCPO Committee

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State of the Heart Care is proud to announce two of their employees have recently been chosen as NHCPO committee members. Barb Bell, Director of Business Development, was chosen to be a member of MyNHCPO’s Development/PR/Marketing Steering Committee. This committee is heavily involved in the marketing world of NHPCO with tasks like developing community chat sessions, responding to comments and questions on NHPCO’s discussion group page, creating and updating resource material, attending meetings at national conferences while assisting with MyNHPCO activities, and promoting MyNHPCO. Barb shared that she wanted to apply because she felt it would broaden her knowledge of Hospice and would be a good opportunity for State of the Heart Care as they move into the future of healthcare changes. She also thought it would be a great networking opportunity because you can gain new ideas and best practices from other professionals on the committee. The committee meets monthly, and Barb will be a member for the next three years.

Kelley Hall, Nurse Practitioner, was recently chosen to be a member of NHPCO’s Palliative Care Advisory Council. Members of this council will provide NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) with their own experiences and knowledge on palliative care while giving valuable insight on current issues in the healthcare world. According to NHPCO, the council will support provider members as they expand and continue their efforts in providing palliative care, assist with the development of resources and tools related to palliative care delivery, and offer recommendations for palliative care education. When asked why she felt it was important to apply for this council, Kelley said she wanted to be a voice for the smaller rural palliative care providers. The council meets monthly, with their first meeting at the end of January. Kelley will be a member of the council for the next two years. For more information on the palliative care services State of the Heart Care offers, please feel free to contact a team member at 800-417-7535.

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