Renda Brooks

Bismarck Hospice Nurse Finds Joy in the Care

Georgia-native Renda Brooks moved to Bismarck, N.D., three years ago. She was drawn to the beautiful landscape and not only the openness of the terrain, but also the people. At her core, Renda possesses a deep love and passion for others. You can see it in her warm smile and when her eyes light up …

Casey Donarski hospice registered nurse

Hospice Nurse Finds Fulfillment Providing Patient Advocacy and Comfort

A Hospice nurse takes on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Providing comfort and advocating for patients is always their primary focus. Hospice of the Red River Valley’s registered nurses (RNs) are specially trained in pain control and symptom management. They provide exceptional patient-centered care guided by the individual’s …

Offering Comfort & Education: A Hospice Nurse’s Calling to Care

Hospice nurses take on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Providing comfort is and advocating for patients is always their primary focus. Hospice of the Red River Valley’s registered nurses (RNs) are specially trained in pain control and symptom management. They provide exceptional patient-centered care guided by the individual’s …

Steve Johnson_Heirlooms Assistant Manager_man standing next to retail counter

Heirlooms Employee Brings Knowledge, Love of Antiques to the Store

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift is an upscale resale store and gift shop benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley. It’s a one-stop destination for new and gently used furniture, clothing, housewares, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gift items, greeting cards, home décor and more. Community members generously donate the merchandise sold in the thrift store. The store …

Brittany Hack

Offering Choice to Those in Need: A Hospice Social Worker’s Passion

Hospice of the Red River Valley social workers help patients and families navigate the end-of-life journey through emotional support, planning and problem solving. Their role includes advocating for the patient’s wishes and educating his or her caregivers, so they feel confident in their roles. Hospice social workers also work with families to identify local resources …

David Montecuollo

Hospice Chaplain Cares for Others in Their Time of Need

Spiritual care can be vital to the well-being of a person. When someone is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, he or she may rely even more heavily on religious beliefs, faith or spirituality. Or, they may question their long-held beliefs and wrestle with life’s “big” questions, such as: What’s the meaning of life? …

Jennifer Messelt_woman sitting on bench

Personal Loss Leads to Career in Helping Others with Their Grief

The death of a loved one can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s a life—whether the death is expected or not. The grief that follows is a natural part of life, but navigating grief can be difficult, especially given the daily demands of life. Part of Hospice of the Red River …

Angie Judd

Pampering Patients: Hospice Certified Nursing Assistant Takes Pride in Providing Delicate Care

Hospice of the Red River Valley certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work with patients to provide individualized care based on each person’s preferences. Hospice CNAs help patients with personal care needs, including feeding, bathing assistance, shaving and nail care. They also provide light housekeeping services for individuals under our care. But perhaps the most important aspect …

Ruby Gramlow

From Ashley to Wyndmere: Hospice Nurse Covers Thousands of Miles Caring for Patients

Hospice of the Red River Valley’s registered nurses (RNs) specialize in pain control and symptom management for terminally ill individuals. They advocate for the patient and provide exceptional patient-centered care guided by the person’s wishes. They monitor vitals and manage all equipment, medications and supplies in the patient’s home. Another important aspect of the field …