Friday, February 15, 2013
A generous donation by a Westlake business fulfills a hospice wish.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, February 15
Carol Ludorf, a resident of Ames Family Hospice House, had one special wish. When her social worker, Misty Durbin, asked if there was anything in particular she would like, she said the only thing she really wanted for herself was a lobster dinner. She had been thinking about mentioning this to her friend, but did not want to impose or make her friend feel obligated to pay for it. Hospice of the Western Reserve, which tries to fulfill its patients’ wishes, set out to fill this one. Durbin was determined to get the lobster for Ludorf and originally planned to request funds from the non-profit agency’s life enrichment fund to pay for the meal. That proved unnecessary. Much to her surprise, when she called Lobster Brothers Seafood in …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Flag donated by Elyria American Legion 12 is raised in Veterans Day ceremony
The first Veterans Day at Ames Family Hospice was a special one. A new flag, donated by Elyria American Legion Post 12, was raised at the flagpole Sunday afternoon by Post 12 members Bill Brokop and Ron Carr. Buglers played Taps, and Carr gave a short speech on the history and importance of Veterans Day. One hospice patient, a woman who served in the Army, was given a pin honoring her service in a ceremony following the flag-raising. "We're all part of a family," Carr said of those who have served. "She is our sister-in-arms." Veterans who serve as Ames Family Hospice volunteers were also honored with a reception afterwards. Tom Schuerger of Westlake, who served in the U.S. and Okinawa from 1960-64, is one of those volunteers. He has been …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Westlake veterans and families welcome as Ames Family Hospice raises flag and honors veterans
Local veterans and their families are invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony on the 30-acre grounds at Ames Family Hospice House, 30800 Hospice Way, Westlake, on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the large Veterans Garden located in front of the house. Spokesperson Laurie Heinrichsen said veterans from Westlake are welcome to attend the ceremony. American Legion Post 12 from Elyria will be donating a new 4 x 6 foot flag to wave from atop the 30-foot flagpole located in the center of the garden and will perform a ceremony honoring the memory of all who have lost their lives in service to the county. A bugler will perform Taps. The flag donation came about through the efforts of veteran Ken Sedlak, …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sang one final time with Golden Crescent Chorus in surprise visit
Richard Mills, 85, of Westlake, died Oct. 18. He was born Aug. 20, 1927, and was a standout track and field and cross country athlete at Lakewood High School and Ohio University. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was an avid sailor and member of Edgewater Yacht Club. Mills was also a former Lakewood Police Officer. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland Marshall Law School and was Chief Assistant Law Director of Cleveland. Mills performed barbershop singing and dixieland jazz with The New Orleans Stompers. Hospice of the Western Reserve granted a wish for him to sing with a barbershop group one more time recently, bringing the Golden Crescent Chorus' South Shore Four to Westlake Village, where Mills was living. He sang Coney …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Open house for community is Saturday. Share your impressions and photos here!
The Ames Family Hospice off Crocker Road, the newest Hospice of the Western Reserve facility, is set to open. A community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests are asked to park at the old Cleveland Clinic facility on Clemens Road and shuttles will take them to the hospice from there. There is much to see and learn about at the 40,000 square-foot hospice. Are you going? Share your impressions in the comments and upload your photos here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Community will get to see facility that helps both the living and the dying
At Hospice of the Western Reserve's new Ames Family Hospice in Westlake, the motto is, you're living until you die. Everything from the design of the building to colors chosen is focused on giving patients and their families the most living possible out of the final days of the patient's life. "We want them to feel like they're in a home, not a facility," said Robert Plona, director of residential services. The new 40,000 square foot hospice opens this weekend with events that include a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Guests are asked to park at the old Cleveland Clinic facility on Clemens Road and shuttles will take them to the hospice from there. Hospice of the Western Reserve estimates it will care for 2,054 …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Construction is underway for the multi-million dollar Hospice of the Western Reserve facility.
Hospice of the Western Reserve officially broke ground for the new $19 million Ames Family Hospice House on Thursday in an effort to expand services offered on Cleveland’s west side. After years of planning and fundraising, the hospice has begun construction on the 32-bed, 40,000 square foot facility off of Crocker Road. The new house will be the organization’s second inpatient site, serving the hospice’s growing patient base between Sandusky and Cleveland. “What’s nice about this facility is everything that we learned from the old building, we’ve brought forward into this design,” said William E. Finn, Hospice of the Western Reserve chief executive officer. “This is the geographic reach that we’re really hoping for to have a shorter …
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Hospice of the Western Reserve announces new site in Westlake and winter weather shuts down schools.
Did you miss some of the news this week? Here are the top stories from Westlake: Another Winter Storm May Have Students Making Up Time In June Winter weather struck again this week, leaving residents stuck at home for much of the day Friday. The snowstorm closed schools, canceled activities and had the city’s snow plows out in force. Westlake students may have to make up the day off in June since it was the fourth snow day of the year. In typical yet unpredictable Cleveland weather, the National Weather Service is forecasting thunderstorms Sunday and a high of 53 degrees Monday. School Officials Discuss Looming Budget Cuts School officials from all over Northeast Ohio met in North Olmsted Thursday to discuss impending state budget cuts. “…
Friday, February 25, 2011
Winter weather coverage and a roundup of the top local news stories in NE Ohio for Feb. 25.
Here's the list of the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Schools Closed, Lorain County Sheriff Issues Level 2 Snow Emergency Viewfinder: Fundraiser for Officer Bastock's Family Falls High Auditorium Packed for Senate Bill 5 Rally Education Roundtable Discusses School Funding in Ohio Hospice Of The Western Reserve Announces Plans For New Site In Westlake
The $19 million Ames Family Hospice House will serve growing clientele on Cleveland's West side.
After years of planning, Hospice of the Western Reserve released plans for a new site in Westlake on Wednesday. The Ames Family Hospice House will be the organization’s second inpatient care facility, serving the hospice’s growing patient base on the west side. “There is a challenge for people in Lorain County or the west side, particularly if they’re not right on Lake Avenue,” said David Simpson, CEO Emeritus. “We take care of children and babies, but the greater majority of our patients are elderly, so you want people to have less distance to travel.” Since the organization opened its first house on East 185th Street in 1995, it has grown from serving 380 to 1,200 patients every day. According to Simpson, Hospice of the Western Reserve …