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Kathleen A. Hayes, RN

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Kathleen A. Hayes, RN

Colonel (Retired) Kathleen Hayes continued a military nursing career by working at the Dayton VA Medical Center as Coordinator of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program. She is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Hospice Veteran Partnership (HVP) of Ohio, which is a partnership with the VA Palliative Care representatives from each Ohio VA working in collaboration with 110 community partners throughout Ohio to assure that veteran-centric end-of-life care is provided to the veteran in the community. In these efforts she has increased terminally-ill veteran access to hospice services both in the VA and in the community, providing a national model for end-of-life veteran care. Kathleen was appointed and currently serves on the State Hospice Organization Board of Directors Midwest Care Alliance, ensuring Ohio veterans have equal access to hospice care services. She is a Co-Leader for the National VHA Hospice Partnership Significant Interest Group, which is dedicated to education and mentoring the VAs on the best practices for veteran-centric end-of-life care. Kathleen also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Veterans Heritage Center in Dayton, where she works to preserve the history of VA campus grounds and to increase awareness of its importance in the care of veterans. Kathleen is also an active member of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), a life member of the VFW and AMVETS and is a member of the American Legion and serves as a volunteer nurse on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. for Shelby County veterans. She has dedicated herself to serving veterans at all stages of their lives.