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.”
Midwest CareCenter Marketing Communications team members (from left) Beth Dempsey, Kristin Gover and Elisabeth Mistretta. Senior Director Kristin has been leading the Midwest CareCenter Marketing Communications team since joining the organization in 2002. Beth serves as Online Communications Manager and Elisabeth as Senior Brand Communication Specialist. Janice Lake (not pictured) is Senior Brand Communication Specialist. The group is excited and pleased to manage and contribute to Your Best Day, Today, to share inspirational stories, insights, and helpful information about the end-of-life journey with others.
Carrie Jackson became involved with Midwest Palliative & Hospice Center when her father Henry was admitted to hospice care in January 2010. According to Carrie, “The incredible care and support she and her father received over the next 2.5 years allowed her to be a daughter, and not just a caregiver, to Henry,” who died from Alzheimer's in June 2012.
Since February 2013 Judi Ronan has been a Midwest CareCenter volunteer, visiting patients and families at the The Marshak Family Hospice Pavilion every week. She also has had weekly visits with “eight wonderful patients and their families” in their homes and at nursing facilities during the last year and a half.