Catholic priest and Midwest CareCenter volunteer, Fr. Dennis Logue, participated in Lake County Honor Flight in June. He has been a volunteer with Midwest CareCenter since 2012. Fr. Dennis was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He says it was during his time as a soldier in Germany that he first felt the call to join the church.
Artisit Beth Shadur has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs. She has created over 150 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain. Her mural work in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, Scotland is included in the archives of the Peoples Palace Museum in Glasgow. She is an Artist-in-Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago and has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities.
Betsy Foley has a long history of service to Midwest CareCenter through her work on our Service Board and on our Board of Directors, which she joined in 2010. She has chaired numerous events and served on event planning committees in an effort to raise support for and awareness of the organization. As a resident of Winnetka, she also has been very active in her community by supporting other local causes like the Northwestern Settlement House and Touhy House in addition to her work on area school boards. Betsy's professional experiences include work for U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. She has several personal experiences with hospice care in Georgia where her parents lived and where she helped fund the construction of a hospice residence. Betsy will serve on the new Board of Directors for the newly merged organization.
Betsy and fellow Service Board members were honored in October with the Community Service Award. Watch this video to learn more about their contributions.
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."
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.