Koester Pavilion honors veterans


Pinning, flag-folding ceremony held at center

By Cody Willoughby - cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com



Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and Armed Forces veteran Tom Metz provides an honor pin to Koester resident Gehrie Taylor during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and Armed Forces veteran Tom Metz provides an honor pin to Koester resident Gehrie Taylor during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Koester dietary manager Nathan Mason and Armed Forces veteran receives an honorary pin from Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and fellow veteran Jay Via during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News From left, Ohio’s Hospice volunteers and armed forces veterans Jay Via, Wayne Melgaard, Dave Hoffman, and Tom Metz salute patients, residents, and staff who served in the armed forces during a special ceremony on Friday at Koester Pavilion.


TROY — Veterans Day was celebrated with pride at Koester Pavilion on Friday, as a partnership between Koester and Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County worked to honor veterans with a special in-house ceremony.

A flag-folding ceremony and honor pinnings were conducted with patients, residents, and staff at Koester Pavilion who have served the nation as part of the Armed Forces. Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County volunteers, who were also veterans, performed each pinning, offering thanks to each veteran for their service to the nation.

This marks the first Veterans Day that Koester has held the ceremony, and serves as the premiere to a series of American Pride activities that will earn Koester Pavilion status as a “veteran-centric” facility, indicating their commitment to education and engagements geared toward thanking and recognizing veterans.

“It is my understanding we’re one of the first in the area, if not the first in the area, to introduce this process,” said Koester adminstrator Greg Nijak. “Ohio Hospice approached us about doing this, and we just thought it was a fantastic idea.”

As an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County offers American Pride services that assure access to all the benefits to which veterans are entitled, provide spiritual support, and address individual post-traumatic stress challenges veterans may face.

Veterans are honored throughout the year in pinning ceremonies, special observances and celebrations, opportunities to participate in Honor Flight, and other special recognitions. The goal is to celebrate the life of each veteran and honor their contributions.

“The initial commitment here is that over the next 12 months, we will work closely with Ohio Hospice to continue honoring our veterans and do some special things,” Nijak said. “I really think their pinning ceremony is fantastic, and we’ll be doing other things like it throughout the year. Our team is dedicated to help our patients and residents achieve their personal best to enhance their quality of life and well-being.”

Established in 1977, and owned by Adcare and UVMC since 1990, Koester Pavilion offers short-term rehabilitation and recovery care, long-term nursing care, memory care, hospice care, and respite care services.

For more information, visit www.ohioshospice.org or www.koesterpavilion.com.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and Armed Forces veteran Tom Metz provides an honor pin to Koester resident Gehrie Taylor during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_Veterans1.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and Armed Forces veteran Tom Metz provides an honor pin to Koester resident Gehrie Taylor during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Koester dietary manager Nathan Mason and Armed Forces veteran receives an honorary pin from Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and fellow veteran Jay Via during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_Veterans2.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Koester dietary manager Nathan Mason and Armed Forces veteran receives an honorary pin from Ohio’s Hospice volunteer and fellow veteran Jay Via during a special ceremony to honor veterans on Friday at Koester Pavilion.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News From left, Ohio’s Hospice volunteers and armed forces veterans Jay Via, Wayne Melgaard, Dave Hoffman, and Tom Metz salute patients, residents, and staff who served in the armed forces during a special ceremony on Friday at Koester Pavilion.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_Veterans3.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News From left, Ohio’s Hospice volunteers and armed forces veterans Jay Via, Wayne Melgaard, Dave Hoffman, and Tom Metz salute patients, residents, and staff who served in the armed forces during a special ceremony on Friday at Koester Pavilion.
Pinning, flag-folding ceremony held at center

By Cody Willoughby

cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com