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.
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.