Hospice care is a highly-coordinated layer of care for the patient and their family who no longer wish to seek curative medical care and, instead, have elected to have to have care from the hospice team. The hospice team consists of a rigorously trained and cohesive team of caregivers that include: a physician, a nurse, a social worker, a personal care aid, spiritual care, medical equipment, music therapy (music thanatology), physical therapy, and pain and symptom management. Hospice House For Missoula will be a beautiful, warm, supportive place where a patient on hospice care can come and live when being at home is not a option. Hospice care costs are usually paid for by Medicare, private insurance and/or Medicaid.
The Hospice House For Missoula board of directors began meeting in May of 2016 to address the pressing need for a hospice house in Missoula. Many of our board members work with hospice patients and their families and have seen many situations where a patient lacks a steady or safe place to live, does not have enough family members to help provide the care they need or both. Our local hospitals and nursing homes are increasingly at full capacity and must turn away the hospice patient and family in need of 24-hour care. We envision a state-of-the-art hospice house with 12 to 15 private rooms each with a private bath and a comfortable, home-like area where family and friends can gather to be with their loved one with a fold-out couch for those loved ones who want to stay over night.
The Hospice House For Missoula Board has retained local non-profit attorney, Joel Kaleva, to assist us in our application for non-profit status. Our 1023 application was submitted to the IRS in May of this year and we are a 501(c)(3).
Hospice House For Missoula has just completed our the internal operational planning phase of the Fundraising Feasibility Study with Curt Miner of Curt Miner and Associates.
The Board of Hospice House For Missoula will be conducting a three-months long Operational Feasibility Study that is to begin in late August to early September of this year. This study team will thoroughly examine the current and projected population of Missoula and Western Montana and, therefore, help us to determine the right number of beds, the best location for the hospice house and what we will need to fund, staff and run the house.
After completion of the operational feasibility study, we anticipate starting our Capital Campaign in early 2019.
To help offset the costs of our two feasibility studies (fundraising and operational) and attorney's fees, we are accepting donations for the hospice house now. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the new 2017 tax code.
Nancy LeBuhn Pickhardt, R.N., B.S.N.
Claire E. Sherwood, M.S.W.
Betsy W. Bach, PhD. Professor of Communication at the University of Montana
Carla Davis, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine, Certified in Hospice and
Palliative Care Medicine
Angie Rogers, R.N., B.S.N., C.H.P.N.
Deb Rivey, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Toni Rehbein, M.C.S.
Nancy LeBuhn Pickhardt, R.N., B.S.N.
Nancy grew up north of Chicago and attended Northwestern University for three years. She received her nursing degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. She worked at for four years at Craig Hospital in Englewood, a specialized rehabilitation center for people with spinal cord and head injuries. She then worked for six years in the neurosurgery ICU Denver General Hospital. After moving to Missoula with husband, Brad, she stayed home to raise their four children. In 2013, she returned to work at Partners in Home Care as a hospice nurse. After a year, she quit in order to make regular visits back to Chicago to help her younger sister, Barbara, as she was dying from a brain tumor. That experience helped fuel her passion for a hospice house in Missoula.
Claire Sherwood, M.S.W.
Claire Sherwood is a recently retired medical social worker who has most recently worked for Partners in Home Care as a Hospice Medical Social Worker. She received her masters degree from the University of Montana in May of 2012. Her experience over the past 6 years has influenced her passion for a hospice facility as she continually discovered a need for veteran care, respite care, and facility care for her patients and their families at end of life. Prior to her move to Montana, Claire worked as a sales and Marketing executive in the hospitality field for 37 years. Her most recent experiences were as General Manager for Hornblower/Alcatraz Cruises in San Francisco, and as Vice President Sales, Marketing and Guest Services for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Her hospitality career included Sales and Marketing positions with Royal Viking Line, Princess Cruises, SeaWorld, American Express, and Frontier Airlines.
Betsy Wackernagel Bach, Ph.D.
Betsy is a professor of Communication Studies at The University of Montana-Missoula, where she has taught since 1984, and served as President of the National Communication Association in 2009.
During her tenure at Montana, Bach served as Associate Provost for Retention and Enrollment management for 4 years and as Interim Dean for the Davidson Honors College for 2 years. She has won several teaching awards, including Montana’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Western States Communication Award for Teaching Excellence, and most recently the National Communication Association’s Eckroyd Award for Teaching Excellence in Higher Education in 2017.
Carla E. Davis, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine, credentialed in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Carla Davis, MD is a Montana native, born and raised in Helena, Montana. She received her medical degree at University of California at Davis. After training in Family Medicine in Renton, Washington, she relocated to Missoula, MT in 1994. In addition to practicing family medicine, Dr. Davis served on the Board for Partners in Home care. She has served as Medical Director for Partners in Home Care Hospice program, since 1999. From 2013-2016 she developed Providence Ambulatory Palliative Care in Western Montana, providing whole person care for vulnerable and homebound patients. As a Board Member for Hospice House for Missoula, she is committed to ensuring excellent end of life care for all people on hospice care.
Angie Rogers, R.N. B.S.N
Angie received her degree in nursing in 1990. She has worked in hospice for twelve years and has been the director of nursing for hospice at Partners in Home Care for the past six years.
Debra Rivey, BA, BSW, MSW, LCSW
Deb has been practicing as a social worker since 1993 at: the Agency on Aging, home health, home hospice, and inpatient acute care in the hospital setting. Deb currently works at the Community Cancer Care and Prevention Center located on the Community Hospital campus. Her work as an oncology social worker since 2009 has provided her with the privilege of supporting and caring for over 650 patients who have died.