Hospice Nurses are the Midwives of the Soul


OLP shows appreciation with May baskets for our nursing staff

Time and time again, our hospice nurses say they are “called to serve.” They bring a high level of compassion to the job, resulting in peace and comfort for patients and their families. To show our appreciation, we’re delivering colorful May baskets to more than 50 nurses working in hospice in the community and in our hospice residence.

Cathy Kramer is a nurse who is gracious in everything she does, and when she walks out of a building, she is missed. Her ability to take care of people in the moment, in spite of the family dynamics that surround her is remarkable. It’s been said that Cathy has an endearing quality, with the ability to navigate changing situations and make people feel immensely comfortable, amid the struggle of a terminal diagnosis. She has cared for people with grace for over 25 years and serves patients and families in our Hospice program in the community.

Patients and families trust Community Hospice Nurse Mia Yang because she’s always there when they need her. Mia advocates for her patients, and they value her ability to prepare them for the journey ahead, while guiding them along the way. She has a pleasant disposition and acts professionally in every situation. Mia is currently volunteering her time to help Our Lady of Peace provide information on hospice care to people within the Hmong community. Her commitment to this initiative will help make it possible for people to access care for themselves and loved ones, when they need it.

Lynette Baker has cared for Our Lady of Peace patients and families for over three decades.

She is a thorough nurse who is loved by patients and colleagues. Community Hospice and Home Health Care Director Nancy Larson said Lynette was recently recognized by her colleagues for a “Moment of Excellence.” Knowing her elderly patient and his wife loved polka dancing before his illness, she wheeled the man out into a common area within the memory care wing and turned on polka music. He “danced” with Lynette from his wheelchair and delighted in the moment.

Tom Cassidy came to Our Lady of Peace 30 years ago as a nurse’s aide. He later earned his nursing license and has cared for patients in our residential hospice home ever since. Tom describes himself as “a worker bee.” OLP Residential Hospice Director of Nursing Matthew Stafford says, “He is without a doubt, the person I think of when I think of integrity and passion as a person and a nurse.” Tom is aneven keeled, gentle caregiver that Stafford calls upon to mentor newly hired nurses. Time and time again, family members tell Stafford, “We love Tom.” He added, “Tom Cassidy is a great example of what hospice care is.”

Thank you, Cathy, Mia, Lynnette, Tom and all of our wonderful OLP nurses who show love and provide comfort and care to patients and families. As we celebrate National Nurse’s Month, we celebrate all that you are and all that you give. Please know that you are valued.