Mary joined Midwest CareCenter as a volunteer in 2006. She convinced one of her friends to become a volunteer and the two of them would visit patients as a team. They have very fond memories of their first patient and both feel very blessed to have been part of her life. Mary's other volunteer activities include giving her time as a Lake County Master Gardener as well as volunteering in the surgical waiting lounge at the hospital near her home. Mary is married to her high school sweetheart and has lived in Lake County for 30 years. Her other passions include traveling, birding, her pets, spending time with family and friends, and wintering in Arizona.
Michael Van Oeveren has been a hospice chaplain for our organization since
Elisabeth Mistretta joined Midwest CareCenter's Marketing Communications team in June, after nearly 15 years as a staff writer and editor for both the Daily Herald Newspaper and Sun-Time Media's Pioneer Press. Elisabeth was part of teams that won the 2012 and 2010 Lisagor Award for covering breaking news.
In 2003, Elisabeth's work was published in the book "That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women and their Brazen Acts." After the book inspired a nonprofit organization that helps abused women throughout the world, she hosted open mic events with professional authors throughout Chicago that raised funds for the cause.
Stay tuned to this blog to learn how her sister's life-changing experience with CampCare ultimately led Elisabeth to Midwest CareCenter.
Marlene Delaney is a proud mother of two adult children, a widow who lost her husband to brain cancer, a structural engineer working at a small firm in Mount Prospect, and a volunteer in a non-native English speaking adult tutoring program. She loves to travel, read, crochet, and spend time with friends and family.
Debra joined Midwest CareCenter's Volunteer Department as Volunteer Coordinator in 2013. "I have had the good fortune to work in a number of interesting fields over the years," Debra says. "Some of them were business-oriented and some of them were more creative. As Volunteer Coordinator, I finally have an opportunity to use of all my diverse and eclectic skills in one job." Debra's father received hospice care from Midwest CareCenter three years ago. "He was treated with care, kindness and dignity," she says. "It is an honor to be part of a team that provides this kind of service to families when they need it most."
Jeffrey is an RN at Midwest Care Center's Hospice Suite at Northwest Community Hospital. Looking for new challenges and wanting to be of service to others, Jeffrey left a 25-year career as a banker and commercial lender, completed his MSN at Rush University College of Nursing, and joined Midwest CareCenter in May 2013. "I find great joy in hospice work," he says. When he's not at home with his two dogs, Thor and Freja, he loves to travel, especially to Paris and Mesa, Arizona, for Cubs spring training.
Martha Twaddle, MD, is an internationally-recognized leader in palliative medicine and hospice care, having be involved with the organization since 1989. She is now Senior Medical Advisor for Midwest CareCenter.
Nineteen year-old Sarah Hehemann is a nursing student at Marquette University in Milwaukee. She actively participates in community service programs around campus and in the community, as well as playing guitar every week at her church. Her aunt, Eileen Boggins, is a staff member at Midwest CareCenter.
Kimber joined our organization seven years ago, and is still amazed at how each day unfolds. "My priority is always patient care and helping families navigate this journey," she says. "It's humbling to be invited into this sacred part of life. Even after seven years of service I'm still learning and growing." Kimber enjoys meeting the families and feels honored to hear stories about the lives her patients have lived. She looks forward to many more years of service to the hospice population.
In addition to being a part-time staff member assisting at Midwest CareCenter’s Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion, Mimi Korcak is a volunteer at Midwest CareCenter’s Hospice Suite at Northwest Community Hospital. She also enjoys mentoring new patient volunteers. “I give them the information they need for when they visit a patient's room, to create a bond or assist a family that needs a smile or special attention that day,” Mimi says. “It has been a great experience.”