Living with Serious Illness
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Our Staff at Springhill Home Health and Hospice

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At Springhill Home Health and Hospice we make it a point to hire individuals who not only meet high professional standards, but who are also gentle and compassionate. They all have special training for working with the seriously ill and understand that our care extends beyond the client to his or her family members as well.

Caring for the seriously ill involves more than just the physical aspect. We recognize that this is a time of deep emotional and spiritual significance for everyone involved. Therefore, we work as a team, with a medical staff, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. Everyone contributes their expertise so we can deliver a plan of care that is responsive to the needs of each individual and his or her family.

Our Administrative Team

There are several key managers who help our organization run smoothly and set the standard for our high quality of care. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

Bob Hale, MHA
Director of Operations
Bob has spent over 30 years in the home care field.

Anne Self RN, BSN
Hospice Adminstrator
Anne has over 30 years experience in nursing.  The last 10 years she has focused on Hospice and Palliative Care.

Ian Burge RN, MSN, CHPN
Clinical Director
Ian has recently obtained his Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus on Palliative Care.

Amy Polansky, RN
Home Health Administrator

Terri Yurak, RN
Director of Nursing-Home Health

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Our Bereavement Coordinators

Our Springhill Hospice team continue to care for the families/caregivers of hospice patients after the passing of their loved ones.  Our bereavement coordinators provide support for 13 months afterward and draw from a variety of resources tailored to the individual needs of the families/caregivers.  These resources could include sympathy cards, letters of encouragement, personal visits, phone calls, periodic memorial services, and an ongoing grief support group.

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Our Certified Nursing Assistants

There's nothing like a bath or shower to boost one's sense of well-being! Our certified nursing assistants come to the home and even if your loved one is unable to leave the bed, they will give him or her a sponge bath, shampoo, shave, help with makeup, put on fresh clothes, change the sheets, etc. Their cheerful presence often provides relief for family caregivers as well as for the patient.

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Our Medical Staff

Hospice patients remain under the care of their primary physician and any specialists they have been seeing. In addition, they have the benefit of our medical director and hospice physicians who have special training in treatments designed to keep hospice patients comfortable and pain free.

   Dr. Daniel Cameron has been Medical Director of Springhill Home Health and Hospice since the inception of the hospice program in 2005.  He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.  He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.  During his residency, he participated in several clinical studies related to colorectal cancer and thrombophilia.  As a senior staff physician at Mitchell Cancer Institute, as well as Medical Director here at Springhill Home Health and Hospice, Dr. Cameron uses his extensive knowledge to manage the symptoms of our hospice patients.

   Dr. Peter Lutz, Hospice Physician with Springhill Home Health and Hospice since 2007, attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.  He has been a staff physician at Pulmonary Associates since August 2006.

   Dr. Brian Heller, Hospice Team Physician, has been with Springhill Home Health and Hospice since 2008.  He is a staff physician at Southern Cancer Center and brings extensive experience in hematology and medical oncology to his position.  He attended medical school at Louisiana State University, completed his internship and residency at Keesler Medical Center, and received board certification in medical oncology.  Dr. Heller served for ten years in the United States Air Force and strongly believes in integrating fitness and nutrition into each patient's care.

   Dr. Reece Jones, Springhill Home Health and Hospice Team Physician for Baldwin County, is a staff physician at Southern Cancer Center.  He completed medical school, residency, and a hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology.  He brings more than ten years of oncology experience to his position.

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Our Nurses

The Springhill Home Health & Hospice nursing staff has over 50 years combined experience in the fields of oncology, hospice, pain and symptom managment, and medical surgical nursing.  Our team of skilled nurses work in collaboration with our medical staff and your regular physician to ensure you receive the individualized care you deserve. Our nurses develop close relationships with patients and families. They learn about your concerns and are quick to respond to questions and symptoms. We even have a nurse on call by telephone 24 hours a day.

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Our Social Workers

Springhill Home Health & Hospice provides experienced, licensed social workers to assist with special needs of families dealing with a new or existing illness.  Social workers can assist with care planning, community resources, financial issues, insurance questions and emotional support.  This extra help can be an invaluable resource.

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Our Spiritual Care Coordinators

Spiritual/religious beliefs and practices are universal, but their expressions are personal and unique to each individual.  With the advent of a serious illness, some people experience a crisis of faith.  Even family members find themselves facing tough ethical and spiritual questions.  For others, faith may be a more settled matter that merely needs support and reinforcement during trying times.  Whatever the need, our Spiritual Care Coordinators are especially skilled at helping people address their spiritual and emotional needs within the framework of each person's belief systems.

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Our Volunteers

Our hospice is blessed with kind and caring members of the community who have participated in our volunteer training program. Frequently they have cared for a seriously ill friend or relative, so they know what you are going through. They can offer a sympathetic ear, lend a hand with daily tasks, and provide an opportunity for the person you care for to visit with someone new. Many of our volunteers are trained in the art of life reminiscence. Patients often find it helpful to reflect upon their past experiences and acknowledge achievements. Talking with a new friend, someone who has no history with the patient’s family and no judgments, can be a very meaningful experience. A volunteer can simply allow family caregivers a few hours to get out of the house and take a much needed break.

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"I became very passionate about Hospice Care after experiencing the care my grandmother received as a hospice patient. This experience inspired me to want to give back the same care and support to others."
-Monica, R.N.