HOC Navigators Receives $200K Donation for Joy in the Workplace

June 13, 2022

HOC is committed to fostering a workplace focused on team member well-being and joy, now more important than ever after the pandemic’s effects over the last 2+ years.

Luann and JF Scherer have made a commitment to support Hospice of Cincinnati/HOC Navigators’ Joy in the Workplace program with a charitable gift of $200,000. Luann, a retired nurse, has been a HOC volunteer and Board Trustee Member since 2013 and served as Board Chair from 2019-2021.

The Scherer’s are passionate about the emotional well-being of team members and fostering a workplace that brings them joy and fulfillment. During her time as Board Chair, Luann and HOC Senior Leadership recognized the need to provide a program to combat turnover and burnout, which have a potential impact on the patient care experience. Work has continued toward this goal over the past few years.

Luann and JF Scherer are grateful that they can make a big impact to help HOC team members process all that they endured during the pandemic, find joy in their work; and be a workplace that is sought after and that team members love to be a part of.

“In my work as a nurse, I experienced both the joy and anguish. It's not easy, but it is important work that touches your spirit while making demands on your intellect and physical strength,” shares Luann Scherer, “JF and I wanted to give this gift to HOC so they have additional resources to tend to their team as well as tend to their patients”.

Current and new team members will have opportunities to attend off-site retreats that provide experiences, tools, and resources that foster joy and gratitude. In addition, there will be annual events such as alumni retreats, welcome packages for new team members, team building experiences, recognition gifts, and more.

“As part of HOC’s strategy to be a Top Workplace, we are thrilled with the impact this gift will have to support team members’ well-being; now important than ever following the added stressors that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about” states Gayle Mattson, President & CEO of HOC Navigators. “These resources and tools will be integrated into HOC’s culture to ensure sustainability and continued impact for years to come.”

About HOC Navigators

Our programs include Hospice of Cincinnati, PalliaCare Cincinnati, Hospital and Clinic-Based Palliative Medicine, Conversations of a Lifetime, Social Connections, The Goldstein Family Grief Center, and Fernside Center for Grieving Children. HOC Navigators creates the best possible and most meaningful advanced illness and end-of-life experience for all who need care and support in our community.

Last Updated: June 13, 2022