Dr. Murphy was recently presented the Excellence in Care Award by Midwest CareCenter at our annual gala. Dennis is a tireless advocate for end-of-life care since the founding of Hospice of the North Shore in 1978 when one of our founders Paul Wise anointed him our volunteer medical advisor. He is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and an endocrinologist. He has been a long serving member of the Midwest CareCenter Board of Directors and has chaired the organization's capital and endowment campaigns.
Linda Ranahan, RN, CHPN, is the clinical supervisor of Midwest CareCenter's Northwest Community Hospital Hospice Suite in Arlington Heights. In addition to her initial nursing degree, Ranahan is slated to complete a second nursing degree in nursing from Olivet Nazarine University this August.
Jill Hoff, BSN, RN, is Clinical Supervisor of Midwest CareCenter's Marshak
Family Hospice Pavilion. She joined Midwest CareCenter in 2013. In addition to her role at Midwest CareCenter, Jill is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affinity Group for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.
Creating art has been a driving force throughout the lives of the Baggio Family and has influenced their life paths. "It is a thread that links us to our ancestors and to each other," says Rita Baggio. "We are grateful to Midwest CareCenter for giving us the opportunity to display what we have experienced throughout our travels―that which touched our lives."
Rhonda Wehner joined Midwest CareCenter as Coordinator of Jewish Care Services in 2006. She educates others about hospice, palliative care and its benefits, as well as how our Jewish Care Services program can add another element of care to Jewish patients and families. The program works hand in hand with a person's hospice care team, offering Rabbinic presence if so desired, providing Jewish volunteers and guidance with understanding Jewish law with regard to medical care. "Being a teacher brings me great joy," Rhonda says, "and my role is all about teaching, whether it is our staff, the staff in the facilities we visit or—most importantly—teaching the members of the greater Jewish community about palliative care and hospice."
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Social Worker Christina Rice has been with Midwest CareCenter for two and ½ years. In addition to her Masters of Social Work Degree from Loyola University, she has a Masters of Child Development from Erikson Institute. In graduate school she became very interested in trauma and began to wonder if it was possible to make the death of a loved one less traumatic. This thought process brought her Midwest CareCenter where she shares her passion for self- determination, social justice and emotional well-being for patients and their families.
Ruth Rane has volunteered with Midwest CareCenter for nearly 20 years. She serves as a patient volunteer at the Pavilion on weekends — a busy time for patient families — and as an ambassador for Midwest CareCenter in the community. "This is a very spiritual place and a very personal place, and I am so blessed to be a part of this world," Ruth says. "To have families invite you in at such a personal time of life, is very humbling."
Jen Bosworth, LCPC, is a professional writer and performer, host on WGN Radio, and Midwest CareCenter's artist in residence. Her live one-woman show, "Why Not Me: Love, Cancer and Jack White," based on her real-life experiences, reveals the humorous gaffes and tribulations of her days as an actress living in Los Angeles and her return to Chicago as sickness and cancer engulf her family, while, at the same time, popular singer Jack White invades her nightly dreams as an escape from reality. An Evanston, Illinois native, Jen is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her numerous acting credits include the popular 90's television series ER and Early Edition and a starring role in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of The House on Mango Street. A mainstay of Chicago's "Live-Lit" scene, Jen is a founding member of The Chicago Story Collective and can be seen regularly all over town telling her honest and hilarious tales. She holds two Master's degrees in psychology – Spiritual Psychology and Counseling Psychology from The University of Santa Monica.
Anne Rossiter is Senior Director of Community Development at Midwest CareCenter. She has been a valued staff member for 15 years.
Cheryl Peterson resides in Niles, Illinois, with her husband, two grown children, Sean and Jaclyn, three dogs (Cooper, Kaylie and Sadie), one cat (Oreo) and fourteen koi (no names!).
She works full time as Deputy Clerk/Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Park Ridge and has achieved the Registered Municipal Clerk (state) and Certified Municipal Clerk (international) designation through education obtained from the University of Illinois.
"In my spare time, I need to keep busy, Cheryl says. "Whether it be making Plates2Petals recycled glass garden flowers, tending to my perennial gardens, the koi pond, demolishing a room in my home, or creating works of art, I always need to be doing something. My husband prefers the artwork since its less expensive than redecorating or remodeling."