Our Team


They truly are "Saints in disguise" coming forward to assist in caring and comforting those caught up in one of life's most difficult times.

Bob Walton

It is reassuring to know your loved one is cared for by a team of professionals whose goal is to ensure dignity and comfort for our patients and support for the family. Volunteers receive training to assist in a wide variety of ways. Our staff and volunteers are your friends and neighbors who feel it is an honor to be part of this special time of life. Our patient-to-staff ratio is kept low so we can be there when you need us.

Patients are cared for by a trained interdisciplinary team of volunteers and professionals to help patients and families deal with the physical, psychological social and spiritual issues they are facing. Members of this team include:


Medical Director/Physicians

The Medical Director will work with your physician and our team to develop a care plan that is specific to your needs. Our Medical Director is available for consultation 24 hours a day.



Dr. Tim Swinton



Dr.Tim Swinton
Medical Director

Dr. Maria Olberding
Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Kenneth Lyons
Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Milt Vangundy
Assistant Medical Director



Our Pharmacist has over 10 years of hospice experience in her 17 year career and attends our weekly team meetings to educate our staff and review patient profiles. Pharmacy support is available 24 hours a day.


Donna Eakins



Hospice Nurses

Under the direction of the physician, your nurse will manage symptoms and function as an important advocate for patient needs. They will provide support and valuable information to family members who are caring for their loved ones. Nurses are available 24-hours-a-day / 7 days a week to respond to patient and family needs.

(Not Shown:  Karen Coulter, Connie Schutte & Teresa Huston)



Emily Carson RN/CHPN
Director of Clinical Operations

Christy Coffelt RN
Hospice Home Manager

Cathy Stafford RN

Trish Patten RN/CHPN
Quality Performance Coordinator

Paige Harvey RN/BSN
Education & Out-Reach Coordinator

April Hill LPN

Roger Hatch RN

Sally Young Bear RN

Margi Renihan RN

Jeni Mohr RN

Karla Newton RN

Shelly Wise RN


Pat Thompson RN

Amy LeWarne RN/BSN

Michele Thomas RN

Bonnie Kozak RN

Felicia Simmons RN

Felicia Calzada RN


Danessa Quigley RN





Home Health Aides

Hospice Aides assist with daily care needs such as bathing and grooming. With regular visits they become a source of comfort, emotional support and companionship for patients and their families

(Not Shown: Melinda Fricke)


Angie Ryerson

Angie Gunderson


Claudia Fernandez

Esmeralda Adkins

Brooke Ballard

Vivian Wertzberger

Sheryl Foster

Lori Warnell

Megan Riemenschneider

Sandy Beals

Frankie Ramsey

Linda Keller









Social workers

The social work team relieves the emotional stress on families who are facing critical life issues. They coordinate community resources when available and can also assist patients and families understanding of legal and financial matters involving their situation. Bereavement support is offered for families through mailing and group activities as well as individual consultations when needed.

Karen Bursley LBSW, Karla Minear LISW, Kirstan Condit LBSW


Administrative Staff
The Administrative staff consists of Joyce Stupp-Office Manager, Danielle Plaehn-Administrative Assistant, Connie Workman-Receptionist, Betty Lundeby-Receptionist, and Rhonda Miller-Community Liaison

 Rhonda Miller
Community Liaison


Joyce Stupp
Office Manager

Danielle Plaehn
Administrative Coordinator



Spiritual support is offered directly or in collaboration with the patient and family’s clergy. Diversity in religious belief is honored.

 Harlan Nuss Chaplain



Our specially trained patient volunteers serve as support to patients and their families in countless ways. They offer friendship to our patients and families and their willingness to serve and support is an inspiration.


Kay Iverson
Volunteer Coordinator



Too numerous to mention by name but each volunteer is appreciated for their unique talent and gifts they bring to our program!!





502 Plaza Heights Road

Marshalltown, IA 50158, USA

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