Malin Maleegrai, LCSW, has been a hospice social worker with Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter for almost 11 years. Malin started her career in hospice as a field team social worker and has been the inpatient hospice unit social worker for the past nine years. Having been on both sides, a family member of a loved one receiving hospice care and a clinician on a hospice team, Malin brings a broad perspective to supporting patients and families facing end of life. She feels grateful everyday to work along side compassionate and caring team members.
Many of us have read Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book "Unbroken," which follows the life of 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini, WWII MIA/POW survivor. Byron Kinney is the actual B-29 pilot who flew a POW rescue mission at the end of WWII to reach Zamperini's camp in Japan and parachute life-saving food and supplies to him and fellow prisoners.
Carrie Cohan has worked as a Jewish Care Services Ambassador since April 2014. Her role is to reach out to the Jewish community and help spread the word about the services available to our Jewish patients, as well as set up educational opportunities for Jewish groups/organizations. She first became familiar with our hospice when Midwest CareCenter cared for her father seven years ago."The compassion and level of care was unlike anything I had ever experienced," she says. "I knew that, one day, I needed to be part of this organization."
Tami Miller began volunteering at our organization in 2011. Since every experience with the patients, families and staff felt so meaningful to her, Tami sought out an opportunity to join Jewish Care Services as an Ambassador. Since April 2014, Tami has worked in this capacity and has felt so proud to represent JourneyCare as she helps to spread the word within the Jewish community about the special and culturally sensitive care that is provided to all of our Jewish patients and families.
Amy Tang is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). This is her first year with Midwest CareCenter as a Bereavement Counselor, providing grief support services for both adults and families with children/teens.
Kimberly has worked at Midwest CareCenter for ten years. In 2014, she received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University, and is now in her second year of their Masters of Counseling program.
Kimberly has three grown children, who make her extremely proud with their accomplishments at work and at school.
Colleen O'Keefe has been employed as a hospice nurse case manager with Midwest CareCenter for nearly 10 years, the first of two new nurse graduate interns. "Some things have changed, some things remain constant...our mission and values to provide excellent,compassionate, individualized and wholistic care," she says. "I am in awe each day of our patients/family challenges and courage and grateful to be so blessed to work with such talented colleagues who want to given them the best possible day."
Harold M Rice-Erso, PhD, MSEd, CGP is a psychologist and educator in private practice. He specializes in executive consultation and psychotherapy. He also offers intensive workshops, trainings, and public presentations. For more than 40 years, Harold has been helping individuals and couples develop more loving and happy ways to live, relate, and work. Harold has studied and actively applied The Four Agreements to his life and practice for the last 14 years, while for five of those years having studied with the book's author, don Miguel Ruiz. Harold sees The Four Agreements not only as a philosophy to live by, but as a way of living, relating, and working.
Rev. Susan Martersteck is currently the chaplain at the Marshack Pavilion and the Suite at Northwest Community Hospital. She has been a field chaplain and worked with our pediatric team. Susan started her career at Midwest CareCenter a volunteer. She began as a chaplain almost 14 years ago and has appreciated all the opportunities to work with "the best people ever." Working here truly embodies the concept of "every day sacred."
Becky Lininger became a volunteer at JourneyCare in April. She has worked on several administrative projects, and has visited home-bound patients. "Other than raising my children, I don't think I've ever done anything quite so meaningful," she says.