Our Hospice Team
Lean on people who understand.
Our experienced staff of doctors, nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, and volunteers are specially trained to guide you through this end-of-life process. We listen to your unique wishes and integrate them into our care.
Our administrative team puts into action our quality-of-life philosophy for you and your loved ones.
Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members
In order to meet the needs and goals of the patient and family, a Plan of Care is created for the patient by the interdisciplinary team.
Patient and Family - The patient and family are the primary unit of care and have a decision-making capacity in the Plan of Care. They are encouraged to be actively involved and to express their wishes and priorities so that the hospice care plan will be designed to meet their particular needs and goals.
Clergy - The clergy of the patient and family are welcomed as members of the hospice team to provide spiritual care and support to the patient and family.
Primary Physician - The primary physician directs the medical care for the patient and works in close cooperation with the other members of the hospice team.
Hospice Nurses - The hospice nurses are responsible for managing patient care, assessing the patient's condition, education and guiding caregivers and initiating changes in the care plan, as well as for carrying out a supportive role.
Medical Social Workers - The medical social workers provide psychological, emotional and social support to the patient, family and hospice staff. Social workers can also assist with financial matters and locate appropriate community resources for the patient and family as needed.
Nursing Assistants - The hospice nursing assistants will provide personal care and light housekeeping to the patients, along with educating family members on care for their loved ones.
Volunteer Coordinator - The volunteer coordinator is responsible for directing and coordinating the hospice volunteer program.
Hospice Chaplain - The chaplain assists with or directs both non-religious and religious spiritual care. This person also provides spiritual guidance for the Hospice program and is a liaison between clergy and hospice staff.
Hospice Volunteers - Hospice volunteers are people who have been screened and trained to become members of the team as hospice care providers. At least one hospice volunteer is assigned to the interdisciplinary team for each patient and their family. The volunteer may stay with the patient, run errands, deliver supplies or medications, or assist other hospice team members.
Bereavement Coordinator - The bereavement coordinator is an assistant or a member of the bereavement team. Their role is both supportive and educational regarding the grieving process.
Hospice Medical Director - The medical director serves mainly in an advisory capacity for the hospice program's medical direction. This physician assists in the development of treatment plans and acts as a consultant and liaison physician.
Hospice Manager - The hospice manager is responsible for the overall management and direction of the hospice program.
Your hospice interdisciplinary team will be in constant communication with each other to ensure the best possible care. If you would like to speak to someone from our hospice team, please call 419-824-7400.
Meet the People Guiding Your Hospice Care
Rick Russell, BSN, RN, CHPCA
Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President of Patient Care Services
"The philosophy of 'Patients
and Families First'" has been my guide for the entire 25+ years of my
nursing career. This philosophy is at the core of all we do at ProMedica
Hospice, and what drives me each and every day as I lead this team of