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Your Hospice of Mercy Team

We're your family

At Hospice of Mercy, your family is cared for by our family - a team of professionals and volunteers that includes the patient's physician, nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, music and massage therapists, bereavement counselors and trained hospice volunteers.

Our promise to our patients and families

As we share the journey with you, our team promises to provide a compassionate presence, professional care, education and ongoing support to you and your loved ones.

Meet our family...

Our staff brings hundreds of years of experience providing compassionate hospice care. Here are a few of the many people who are making a difference in our House.

Amanda Sommerfeldt, MD, Hospice of Mercy Medical Director

"Hospice care promotes the joy of life, the miracle of family and faith.  To have so many necessary services interwoven into the hospice facility allows people to spend their final days in a caring and nurturing environment, surrounded by family and caregivers who are both competent and compassionate."

Colleen Mohr, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BCRN, Hospice Nurse Practitioner

"I chose hospice because I wanted the opportunity to help make both the family and patient's final journey one of dignity and comfort."

Sister Mary Lou Podzimek, Chaplain, Hospice House, Cedar Rapids

"I approach my ministry with enthusiasm and energy each day. It is truly a gift for me to be with the patients on their last journey, to help them with spiritual, emotional, and any other concerns they might have. It is also a blessing to be with the families and to offer support in any way."

Robinn Borrett, RN, Marion

"My job isn't ‘work.' It's giving of myself - knowledge, empathy, compassion - to those who are dying and their caregivers."

Cindy Staton, Massage Therapist, Cedar Rapids

"I truly felt called to this work. It's not a job, but a ministry. It's so important to be able to offer physical and emotional comfort at a critical time in life."

Jodee Gaines, RN, patient care coordinator, Marion

"While I cannot change the outcomes our patients face, I can make a difference in being present to them during difficult times, managing their symptoms with a team approach, listening, or by just being there."

Lorie Bruns, RN, Cedar Rapids  

"Life here at the House makes you want to live like there is no tomorrow."