Meet the Hospice Team

The Hospice team works tirelessly to make sure all the needs of the patient and family are met physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

Medical Director

Dr. Kaur, UnityPoint Hospice Medical Director, works closely with each patient's doctor to provide oversight and assistance as needed for Hospice care. She is involved with patient care meetings, is available for consultation and may visit Hospice patients in their home and in care facilities. 

Physician support

Support for Dr. Kaur is of key importance to the Hospice team.  Dr. Claire Baumgartner also provides support and visits Hospice patients in their home and in care facilities. Amy Ganske is the Hospice Nurse Practitioner. Amy visits patients where they reside for routine care and re-certification visits.

Nursing staff

Our Hospice Nurses focus on providing comfort measures, effective symptom management and compassionate care for patients and their families. The nurses are your primary contact for any medical questions or needs as they will work closely with your physician. Hospice nurses are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Social workers

Hospice Social Workers assist patients and their families by providing counseling and support. They maintain patient dignity through support of their cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. They also provide bereavement support to the family after a loved one's death for up to 13 months.

Chaplains

Our Hospice Chaplains are available to meet the spiritual needs of our patients and their families. Chaplain services are non-denominational and optional. Patients and families may choose to receive support from their own clergy.

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Hospice aides

Our Hospice Aides are available for personal care and one-on-one assistance. They will help with bathing, feeding, small household chores and more. Their goal is to help you and your loved one with your everyday needs.

Therapists

Our Hospice provides several therapies as needed to patients. Our massage therapist is available to help release tension for patients and provide a form of relaxation. Music therapy and art therapy are also available upon request to bring added relief where needed.

Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important part of the services provided by UnityPoint Hospice. The ability to cope after a loved one's death is often dependent upon the support system of each individual. This support system may include family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, recreational groups and faith communities. It is sometimes helpful to seek out additional support, such as support groups, to learn about the grief process and share with people who are on the same journey.

Our bereavement program can support you with: 

Volunteers

Our Hospice Volunteers use their interests, skills and experience to comfort and enrich quality of life for patients and families. Hospice Volunteers advocate for patients and families by being compassionate listeners and willing supporters. Visits are scheduled to match a patient's individual needs.