Staff Stories

Tammy Baehler_1

The Distinct Role of a Hospice Social Worker

National Social Work Month is celebrated every March and offers us an opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions of our hospice social workers. The role of a hospice social worker is to advocate for each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help individuals address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. Hospice social workers also assist families in …


Joy Query

“Why Not”: The Story of How Hospice of the Red River Valley Formed

In the quaint village of Quinton, a suburb of Birmingham, England, Joy Query grew up as one of three children in a socially conscious, well-educated family. The focus on health and welfare of their fellow countrymen was an important family value passed down from generation to generation, beginning with Joy’s grandfather who was a physician …


Hospice Chaplains Help Bring Comfort and Peace to Patients at the End of Life

Spiritual care can be vital to the well-being of a person. Such care is often where we find our purpose, direction in life, values, self-worth and morals. As part of the hospice interdisciplinary team, Hospice of the Red River Valley’s chaplains promote caring for the whole person by providing spiritual comfort at the end of …


Celebrating the Vital Role of Hospice Certified Nursing Assistants in Caring for Patients

It is National Nursing Assistants Week, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in providing high-quality care to patients. Hospice of the Red River Valley 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, …


A Heart for Hospice: One Hospice Employee Shares Her Calling to Care

For Hospice of the Red River Valley employee Miranda Heintzman, this line of work is more than a job, it’s her calling. It speaks to the core of who she is as a person—kind, patient and, most of all, compassionate. “When I was a certified nursing assistant (CNA), I knew every day when I got …


Kelly Haneca

Caring Hands and Open Hearts: Celebrating the Important Role Hospice Nurses Play in Patient Care

It is National Nurses Week, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of nurses in delivering the highest level of quality care to patients, as recognized by the American Nurses Association. The celebration starts May 6 and closes on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing. Nurses play an important …