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Honor your "Guardian Angel" Caregiver

Honor your caregiver through the Guardian Angel program. You can touch the life of someone who has cared for you, and make sure that same quality care is available to people who may not be able to afford it!

Make a donation to the Home Health United - Visiting Nurse Service Foundation in honor of the nurse, therapist, delivery person, volunteer or other HHU employee who made a difference in your life.

When you make a donation, your Guardian Angel will receive a card informing him or her of your thoughtful gift and a custom-crafted angel lapel pin to wear proudly.

With your gift, you provide support for patients recovering from serious illnessness and injuries, and help families cope with terminal illness. You help people who cannot afford healthy, nutritious meals; and help provide home health care or hospice services to people who have no health insurance or are underinsured.

Recognize your Guardian Angel with a donation.

Call (608) 276-7590 or email .

Jim Nolan, RT

Jim Nolan, RT, Madison West nominated by an anonymous donor. Also pictured: Rick Bourne, President/CEO and Angelika Fernholz, Respiratory & Compliance Manager.

"This note is to let you folks know of my deep appreciation for your help and support during a very stressful time. I am forever grateful for allowing me to keep my husband home for the last month of his life."

Hospice Staff

Back row from left: Rick Bourne, Suzie Van Horn, Paula Wedig, Caly Green, Jennifer Clark, Mike Amberg, Sue Everson, Vicky Murdock, Lynne Willer. Center row from left: Sally Parish, Kay Fry, Jan Gruber, Judy Scowden, Jan Ebert, Natalie Westegard. Front row from left: Terri Dewey, Emily Acheson, Diane Brunk, Beckie Herndon, Sandy Lobe, Janet Bollig.

Andrea Hanson, RNCM

Andrea Hanson, RNCM, Madison West nominated by Natalie Hendrickson. Also pictured: Rick Bourne, President/CEO and Mary McKenna, PCM, Madison West

"So pleasant and willing to help!"

Shelly Hadley, Companion Caregiver

Shelly Hadley, Companion Caregiver, Madison West nominated by David Katz. Also pictured: Rick Bourne, President/CEO and Julie Hitt, Client Services Manager.

"Outstanding performance."

Marilyn Donaldson, WOCN

Marilyn Donaldson, WOCN, Madison East nominated by Kenneth & Ramona Strohbusch and Wilbur & Jean Fiedler. Also pictured: Mary McKenna, PCM, Madison West and Rick Bourne, President/CEO

"Marilyn is concerned, caring and skillful in her many duties."

Kevin Zacharias, PT, Beth Stellberg, PT, and Olivia Pitchford, RNCM

Kevin Zacharias, PT, Madison West; Beth Stellberg, PT, Madison West; and Olivia Pitchford, RNCM, Madison West nominated by Barbara Main. Also pictured: Mary McKenna, PCM, Madison West and Rick Bourne, President/CEO

"Oh, all the people from HHU were wonderful. They got me on my feet. I can always count on your services. HHU is the best!"

Kari Legler, Administrative Assistant

Kari Legler, Admin. Asst., Madison West nominated by David Katz. Also pictured: Rick Bourne, President/CEO and Julie Hitt, Client Services Manager.

"Outstanding performance."

Marilyn Green, Social Worker

Marilyn Green, Social Worker, Hospice was nominated by Jan Mittlesteadt. Also pictured: Lynne Willer, Vice President Clinical Services and Janet Bollig, Social Services & Spiritual Counselor Director, Interim Hospice Director.

Maria Hanson, Social Worker

Maria Hanson, Social Worker, Hospice was nominated for a Guardian Angel by Pat & Ed McDonald. Also pictured: Janet Bollig, Social Services & Spiritual Counselor Director, Interim Hospice Director and Lynne Willer, Vice President Clinical Services.

HHU IT Department

The HHU IT department was nominated by the HHU social workers. Pictured: Matt Pharo, Network Administrator, Lynne Willer, Vice President Clinical Services, Ryan Payne, Technician, Allen Damrow, IT Director, Tim Kelly, IT Support Specialist, Karen Bohon, IT Coordinator-Clinical and Janet Bollig, Social Services & Spiritual Counselor Director, Interim Hospice Director. Not Pictured: Mary Nachreiner, Switchboard Supervisor/IT Trainer and Jason Mayfield, Web Designer/Developer.

Sue Bindl, Social Worker and Julie Morris, Social Worker

Sue Bindl, Social Worker, Hospice & Julie Morris, Social Worker, Hospice were nominated by the Family of Mary Litty. Sue Bindl was also nominated by David Baley, Stephen Schuelke & Audrey Tluczek. Also pictured: Lynne Willer, Vice President Clinical Services and Janet Bollig, Social Services & Spiritual Counselor Director, Interim Hospice Director.

Julie Woodward, Social Worker

Julie Woodward, Social Worker, Madison East was nominated for a Guardian Angel by Enid Funck. Also pictured: Janet Bollig, Social Services & Spiritual Counselor Director, Interim Hospice Director and Lynne Willer, Vice President Clinical Services.

Betty Petry, RN

Betty Petry, RN admission nurse was also nominated by Ms. Henrickson. "All of them were so pleasant and willing to help!" she said. From left: Deb Plendl, Betty Petry and Rick Bourne.

Tim Budke, Physical Therapist

Tim Budke, physical therapist, received a Guardian Angel Award from Natalie Hendrickson. From left: Mary Jean Eisenga, Tim Budke, and Rick Bourne.

Yvonne Rosenthal, Home Health Aide

Yvonne Rosenthal, home health aide, received a Guardian Angel from an anonymous donor who said, "Yvonne is a real professional. She is very compassionate and capable." From left: Rick Bourne, Yvonne Rosenthal, and Denise Gloede.

Kay Fry, Home Health Aide, John Van Dyke, RN

The family of Leonard Miller nominated Kay Fry, home health aide, and John Van Dyke, RN case manager, for Guardian Angel Awards. "We loved their care and caring," the nomination read. John also received awards from Shirley Henry, Steve Udelhofen, and Heidi Gendusa. "You brought hope when there was none, laughter when there was little in our lives, relief to me, knowing you really cared about Curt and what he was going through," Shirley Henry wrote. From left: Rick Bourne, John Van Dyke, Kay Fry and Denise Gloede.

Sue Everson, RN

Sue Everson, RN, was nominated for a Guardian Angel Award by the family of Audrey Campbell. "Sue showed compassion to the whole family. She was always there for us and explained things very well. Sue made a difficult time easier." From left: Rick Bourne, Sue Everson, and Denise Gloede.

Diane Brunk, RN, Mike Amberg, Spiritual Counselor, Maria Hanson, Social Worker, and Jan Ebert, RN

Diane Brunk, RN case manager; Mike Amberg, spiritual counselor; Maria Hanson, social worker; and Jan Ebert, RN, were nominated for Guardian Angel Awards by Edward Fesus. "Their care was excellent. What else can I say," he wrote. Mike also received an award from an anonymous donor. Diane and Jan were also nominated by Geoffrey Brereton. From left: Maria Hanson, Mike Amberg, Diane Brunk, and Jan Ebert. In the rear: Rick Bourne and Denise Gloede.

Sally VanWormer, Home Health Aide, Vicky Murdock, RN, Diane Brunk, RN, Maria Hanson, Social Worker, and Tim Anderson, Spiritual Counselor

The family of hospice patient Florence Hall nominated Sally VanWormer, home health aide; Vicky Murdock, RN; Diane Brunk, RN; Maria Hanson, social worker; and Tim Anderson, spiritual counselor, for Guardian Angel Awards. "This is a really devoted crew of people," said Jean Lottridge. Diane also received an award from the Jean Westcott family. Vicky also received an award from Gene and Beverly Van Buskirk. "Vicky was a ray of sunshine that brightened our days each time she visited," they wrote. From left: Maria Hanson, Tim Anderson, Vicky Murdock and Diane Brunk. In the rear: Rick Bourne and Denise Gloede, vice president of hospice and admissions.

Various HHU Staff

Cayla Minear, customer service rep, Diane Fortunato, rehab specialist, and Monica Gehin, customer service rep, received Guardian Angel Awards from David and Nancy Hoffman, vice president marketing and fund development, for their help with Nancy's mom, Charlotte Skelly. They also nominated Jane Bernatovich, physical therapy supervisor; Jackie Church, physical therapist assistant; Sandi Tooley, RN case manager; and Mary Beth Miller, social worker.

Nan wrote: "My 88-year-old mother was living independently, loading her walker in her car and driving. She suffered a compression fracture in a vertebra and was hospitalized, suddenly unable to walk even a few steps to the bathroom. As the "health care daughter," I felt the burden of navigating the system to determine our plan. The first thing I did was ask the Hospital Discharge Planner to make a referral to Home Health United. What a relief! We found an assisted living facility with an opening and she was admitted on May 29. Home Health United was quickly on the scene the next day to admit her.

Several HME staff helped me get a hospital bed, over bed table, wheelchair cushion and loaned me a scooter until we could order her one. Cayla, Diane and Monica took extra time to help me with all the details.

And on the HHU side, many staff were involved in Mom’s care at the assisted living, but Sandi, Jackie, Jane and Mary Beth took extra time to communicate with me and helped me avoid having to take even more time off work than I did.

I always knew we had great staff at HHU. Now I have a much greater understanding of the wonderful care our staff provides. My Mom is doing very well and has adjusted very well to her new home – thanks to all these Guardian Angels!"

Tina Zander, Companion Caregiver

Tina Zander, companion caregiver MW, received four Guardian Angel Awards recently. Catherine Gedko, Marilyn Everitt, Nancy Jenison, and Polly Ricksecker all made donations to the Home Health United-Visiting Nurse Service Foundation in her name. "She is a very good caregiver, kind and generous with giving care and will do anything I ask and more. Love having her come to help me," wrote Polly Ricksecker. Rick Bourne, president and CEO, presented Tina with her Guardian Angel pins.

Darlene Zeman, Home Health Aide

Darlene Zeman, home health aide ME, received a Guardian Angel Award from Margorie Fontana. "I depend on them so much as I am in bed 24 hours a day," Margorie said. "I can't make it without them and just love them all. They take good care of me!" From left: Deb Plendl, Darlene Zeman, and Rick Bourne

Roxanne Weihert, RN

Roxanne Weihert, RN case manager ME, received a Guardian Angel Award from Elsa Jacobsen who said: "Roxanne was so thoughtful. She really knew my moods and helped me so much. She was very thoughtful to me and careful to let the doctor know what was going on." From left: Deb Plendl, Roxanne Weihert, and Rick Bourne.

Jean Frank, RN

Jean Frank, RN case manager ME, received a Guardian Angel Award from Ruth Ann Mathis. From left: Deb Plendl, patient care manager; Jean Frank; and Rick Bourne.

Linda Watson, Home Health Aide, Mayme Spurley, RN

Linda Watson, home health aide Madison East, received four Guardian Angel Awards. Wilbur and Jean Fielder, Arlene Karlov, Helen and Harold Polzer and Charles Ambrosavage all praised Linda's work and caring attitude. Ambrosavage also nominated Mayme Spurley, RN case manager ME, for a Guardian Angel. From left: Deb Plendl, patient care manager; Mayme Spurley; Linda Watson; and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Erin Bentley, RN

Erin Bentley, RN case manager for Hospice in Portage, received a Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation to the Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation from Barbara Jones, wife of a patient. She was nominated along with Marilyn Green, LuAnne Depons, Sarah Paul and Shelley Mussehl. "They were a godsend," Mrs. Jones remarked. From left: Denise Gloede, vice president of admissions and hospice; Erin, and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Reedsburg Staff Members

Home Health United Reedsburg staff members received Guardian Angel awards as the result of a donation from Rita and Garrett Schultz. Rita wrote: "We feel that everyone went above and beyond to help our family during our difficult time. The meals they prepared to raise money every Friday, to the awesome benefit they organized. It was a great example of what coworkers (friends) will do for each other in a time of need. Even coworkers from outlying areas came together to help. It was unbelievable!"

Mike Amberg, Spiritual Counselor

Mike Amberg, spiritual counselor, received his third Guardian Angel award as a result of a donation from the Westcott Family. "He helped our loved ones and family with our spiritual needs without being an evangelist," said Jean Westcott. From left: Denise Gloede, Mike and Rick Bourne.

Sue Everson, RN

Sue Everson, RN case manager in Prairie du Sac, also received her second Guardian Angel award. "There are no words adequate to express the gratefulness to those so instrumental in my recovery. These caregivers, such as Sue, are amazing people," said Ginger Parkhurst. From left: Denise Kellner, Sue and Rick Bourne.

Kay Fry and Jennifer Simon, Home Health Aides

Kay Fry and Jennifer Simon, home health aides, receive Guardian Angel awards on the nomination of Jeanette Budig, wife of a hospice patient. "He looked forward to their visits and greeted them as friends. Their respect, kindness, cheerful compassionate love always brightened his days," she said. From left: Denise Gloede, Kay, Jennifer, and Rick Bourne. This was Kay’s second Guardian Angel and Jennifer's fifth.

Maureen Kouba, RN

Maureen Kouba, RN case manager in Reedsburg, recently received her second Guardian Angel award. Juanita Oetzman nominated Maureen. "She's my health care angel and she CARES," Ms. Oetzman said. From left: Denise Kellner, RN patient care manager; Maureen; and Rick Bourne.

Mary Abalos, RN

Mary Abalos, RN case manager received her fourth Guardian Angel award from Hazel Mikkelson. "She is a very nice person, warm and very knowledgeable. I find her easy to talk to and to ask questions of," Hazel said. From left: Mary McKenna, RN patient care manager, Mary and Rick Bourne.

Stefanie Moyer, RN

Stefanie Moyer, RN case manager received a Guardian Angel Award as the result of a donation from Alan Kaltenberg. "She always came with a smile and good cheer," he said. From left: Rick Bourne, Stefanie and Laurie Millard.

Shelley Mussehl, RN

Shelley Mussehl, RN case manager received a Guardian Angel Award as the result of a donation from Barbara Jones, wife of a patient. From left: Rick Bourne, Shelley and Laurie Millard.

Ramona Manthey, Home Health Aide

Ramona Manthey, home health aide, also received a Guardian Angel award from Dorothy Coon. From left: Rick Bourne, Ramona and Laurie Millard.

Jay Hanson, Occupational Therapist, and Tammy Moran, RN

Jay Hanson, occupational therapist, and Tammy Moran, RN case manager received Guardian Angel awards as the result of a donation to the Home Health Untied – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation from Dorothy Coon. "The therapist, nurse and aides were all angels to me. They were dedicated and excellent," Dorothy said. From left: Rick Bourne, president and CEO, Jay Hanson, Tammy Moran and Laurie Millard, RN patient care manager.

Mary Beth Miller, Social Worker

Mary Beth Miller, social worker in Janesville, received a Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation to the HHU-VNS Foundation from Evelyn Agnew. "Mary Beth went out of her way to give me more time in order to get my paperwork made out for my final days," Agnew said. From left: Rick Bourne, president and CEO of HHU, Mary Beth and Janet Bollig, social services manager, congratulated her.

Sandi Tooley, RN

Sandi Tooley, RN in Janesville, received a Guardian Angel Award as the result of a donation from Michael Bennett for care provided to his wife, Delores Bennett. He praised Sandi for "knowledge, care, concern and ownership." From left: Kimberly Reynolds, RN patient care manager; Sandi Tooley, RN; and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Amy Millard, RN

Amy Millard, RN in Janesville, received a Guardian Angel Award as the result of a donation by Margaret Downing. "Amy was very good," she wrote. From left: Kimberly Reynolds, RN patient care manager; Amy Millard, RN; and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Patricia Coppernoll, RN

Patricia Coppernoll, RN in Janesville, received a Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation to the HHU-VNS Foundation from Wallace and Mildred McRoberts. "I was very satisfied. What more can I say. I was so glad to have all of you come help," said Mrs. McRoberts. From left: Kimberly Reynolds, RN patient care manager; Patricia Coppernoll, RN; and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Mary Beth Miller, Social Worker

Mary Beth Miller, social worker in Janesville, received a Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation to the HHU-VNS Foundation from Evelyn Agnew. "Mary Beth went out of her way to give me more time in order to get my paperwork made out for my final days," Agnew said. From left: Rick Bourne, president and CEO of HHU, presented Mary Beth with the Guardian Angel pin and Janet Bollig, social services manager, congratulated her.

Kyle Houghton, Rehab Specialist and Mary Ray, Assistive Technology Professional

Kyle Houghton, rehab specialist, and Mary Ray, assistive technology professional, received Guardian Angel pins as the result of a donation from Steve Levine, a long-time rehab equipment customer. From left: Rick Bourne, presented the pins to Mary and Kyle with Gene Salisbury, rehab manager, and Tim Shatzel, vice president of HME there to congratulate them.

Linda Watson, HHA, and Katie Baumgartner, HHA

Linda Watson and Katie Baumgartner, home health aides, received Guardian Angel awards as a result of a donation by Margorie Fontana. She wrote: "All are different and all have their own areas of expertise. I depend on them so much as I am in bed 24 hours a day. I can't make it without them and just love them all. They take good care of me!" Katie also received an award from Shirley Birkle, wife of Don Birkle, who said, "I could not have brought Don home without HHU and Katie made it possible to stay at home." From left: Rick Bourne, president and CEO, Katie Baumgartner, Linda Watson, and Deb Plendl, patient care manager.

John Van Dyke, RN

John Van Dyke, RN, was also named a Guardian Angel by Margaret Tadder and Family. "John took such wonderful care of us," Mrs. Tadder said. "Honestly, he took care of us as much as he took care of Bob. John is just terrific and I highly recommend him to anyone!"

Sally Parish, Spiritual Counselor, Terri Dewey, Admission Nurse, and John VanDyke, RN

Sally Parish, spiritual counselor, Terri Dewey, admission nurse, and John VanDyke, RN, were honored as Guardian Angels by Marge Timmons, wife of hospice patient Bob Timmons. "Everyone was very helpful and sincere," she said. From left: Rick Bourne, Sally Parish, Terry Dewey, John VanDyke, Natalie Westegard and Denise Gloede.

Emily Acheson, RN

Emily Acheson, RN, received her third and fourth Guardian Angel award. The family of Joan Shelton nominated her and Jack Haasl also made a donation in her name. "Everyone speaks of my wife's acceptance of her illness, her high spirit, and cooperation with everyone that cared for her. Emily was a major component of it all. DeDe's day brightened each time she saw Emily," Mr. Haasl said. From left: Rick Bourne, Emily Acheson and Denise Gloede.

Mike Amberg, Spiritual Counselor

Mike Amberg, spiritual counselor, received his second Guardian Angel Award as the result of a nomination by Marilyn McFarlane. "Mike was so good to us," she said. "He was close to my husband because they were kind of similar. He is a quiet man who knows exactly the right words to say to bring you comfort." From left: Rick Bourne, Maria Hanson, Diane Brunk, Mike Amberg and Denise Gloede.

Diane Brunk, RN

Diane Brunk, RN, received three Guardian Angel awards as the result of donations to the Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Foundation from Marilyn McFarlane, Richard Rogge and an anonymous donor. "Diane was a very friendly and helpful person in all ways. My wife liked her very much," wrote Mr. Rogge. "Diane is the most caring person. She listens to you and helps you with your concerns. She truly works with you and is so compassionate," said Ms. McFarlane. From left: Rick Bourne, president/CEO of Home Health United, Diane Brunk and Denise Gloede, hospice program director.

Maria Hanson, Hospice Social Worker

Maria Hanson, hospice social worker, received two Guardian Angel awards as the result of donations from Richard Rogge and Marilyn McFarlane. "Maria was very helpful and good to talk to. You were the greatest. You treated (my wife) with love and care," Mr. Rogge said. "Maria is awesome. She is the sweetest little thing," said Ms. McFarlane. From left: Terri Peterson, Vice President – Clinical Services; Maria, Janet Bollig, Social Services Manager; and Rick Bourne, President and CEO.

HHU Social Work Team

The entire HHU Social Work Team was given Guardian Angel awards by Janet Bollig, Social Services Manager, in recognition of Social Work Month (March) and their committed, loyal and caring clinical practice. "They are a very cohesive and supportive team," Janet said. "They are truly incredible caregivers!"

Susan Bindl, Hospice Social Worker

Susan Bindl, hospice social worker, received her second Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation by the family of Joan Shelton. "For the care everyone gave to Mom in her time of need," they wrote. (Also included in the nomination were Emily Acheson and Dr. Tony DiGiovanni.) From left: Terri Peterson, Susan, Janet Bollig and Rick Bourne.

Marilyn Green, Hospice Social Worker

Marilyn Green, hospice social worker, received her second Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation from Barbara Jones. “They were a God send,” she said. (Also nominated: Erin Bentley, LuAnne Depons, Sarah Paul and Shelley Mussehl.) From left: Terri Peterson, Marilyn, Janet Bollig and Rick Bourne.

Natalie Westegard, Hospice Social Worker

Natalie Westegard, hospice social worker, received her third Guardian Angel award as the result of a donation from Marge Timmons. (She also nominated Sally Parrish, John Van Dyke and Terri Dewey.) "Everyone was so helpful and sincere," Mrs. Timmons said. From left: Terri Peterson, Natalie, Janet Bollig and Rick Bourne.

Marsha Strutz, RNCM, and Shelley Mueller, OT

Marsha Strutz-Amberg, RNCM, and Shelley Mueller, OT, received Guardian Angel awards as a result of a donation by Elsie Oesterreicher. "Oh they are just wonderful! I couldn't ask for better service," she said. "Nowhere could I have gone for better service. I just feel love for them and it was so nice to have them help me. I am fine now but I miss seeing the girls." From left: Rick Bourne, Home Heath United president and CEO; Shelley, Marsha, Terri Peterson, vice president – clinical services; and Denise Kellner, RN, PCM

Sue Everson, RNCM

Sue Everson, RNCM, received a Guardian Angel award as a result of a donation from Leo Rose. "All my nurses were very good but Sue was just excellent," he said. "She really deserves to be recognized as a Guardian Angel." From left: Cheryl Ortiz, RN, PCM; Sue; Terri Peterson and Rick Bourne.

Paige Pickarts, RNCM

Paige Pickarts, RNCM, received a Guardian Angel award as a result of a donation from Catherine Pratt. "I have never met a recently graduated RN with such compassion, genuine personality, intellect and professionalism. Do ALL YOU CAN to keep her!" said Ms. Pratt. From left: Cheryl Ortiz, Paige, Terri Peterson and Rick Bourne.

Maria Wadzinski, RN

Maria Wadzinski, RN Madison East, was nominated for a Guardian Angel award by Milo Swenson. From left: Rick Bourne, Maria, Lynne Willer, Mary McKenna. Mr. Swenson said: "They are friendly and took good care of me. They are just wonderful people. I am very happy with everyone who represents HHU!"

Mary Abalos, RN

Mary Abalos, RN Madison West, received a Guardian Angel award as the result of an anonymous donation. From left: Rick Bourne, president & CEO; Mary, Lynne Willer, RN, home health program director; Mary McKenna, RN, patient care manager. According to the donor: "She was good to have come here. She knew her work well. Mary was just pleasant to have come help me."

Tina Zander, Companion Caregiver

Tina Zander, companion caregiver, received a Guardian Angel award as a result of a donation from Paul Martinelli, who said: "Tina is the best thing to happen to me. She's my Guardian Angel and she helps me out a lot. I'm not able to live on my own without help and she does that. She shoveled snow for me so I can get my meals and the bus. She cleaned my whole house." From left: Rick Bourne, president & CEO; Christi Archer, RN, community health services manager; Terri Peterson, RN, vice president – clinical services; and Julie Hitt, RN, companion care supervisor.

Jo Ann Maciorowski, Companion Caregiver

Jo Ann Maciorowski, companion caregiver, received a Guardian Angel award from Anita Gurda who said: "I have enjoyed knowing Jo Ann. She is gracious and just wonderful. I am 90 and people come into the house to help, but Jo Ann is someone I can call a friend." From left: Rick Bourne, Christi Archer, Jo Ann, Terri Peterson, Julie Hitt.

Amy Lahr, Customer Service Representative

Amy Lahr, customer service representative, received a Guardian Angel award for assisting patients to their vehicles. With Amy are: Rick Bourne, Brian Kelly and Tim Shatzel.

Madison West Employees

This group of Madison West employees was given Guardian Angel awards for assisting special needs staff members to exit the building during a fire. (Left to right) Rick Bourne, Celine Fitzgibbon, customer service supervisor; Brian Kelly, director of HME; Christi Archer, CHS manager; Brian Lutz, inventory and purchasing manager; Sam Gauger, delivery tech supervisor; and Tim Shatzel, vice president of Home Medical Equipment.

Katie Baumgartner, Home Health Aide

Clarence and Ellen Kroah nominated Katie Baumgartner, Home Health Aide, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Lynne Willer, RN, Home Health Program Director, Deb Plendl, RN, Patient Care Manager, Katie Baumgartner, Home Health Aide, Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services and Rick Bourne, President & CEO.

John Navine, RN, and Darlene Zeman, Home Health Aide

David and Carol Peck nominated John Navine, RN, and Darlene Zeman, Home Health Aide, for Guardian Angel awards. (left to right) Rick Bourne, President & CEO, Lynne Willer, RN, Home Health Program Director, John Navine, RN, Darlene Zeman, Home Health Aide, Deb Plendl, RN, Patient Care Manager, and Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services.

Andrea Hansen-Nelson, RN

Claire James nominated Andrea Hansen-Nelson, RN, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Lynne Willer, RN, Home Health Program Director, Rick Bourne, President & CEO, Andrea Hansen-Nelson, RN, Deb Plendl, RN, Patient Care Manager, and Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services.

Yvonne Rosenthal, Home Health Aide, and Emily Achenson, RN

Luella Cassity nominated Yvonne Rosenthal, home health aide, and Emily Achenson, RN, for Guardian Angel awards. (left to right) Rick Bourne, Yvonne, Denise Gloede, and Emily Achenson.

Sandy Lobe, Spiritual Counselor

Bess Little nominated Sandy Lobe, spiritual counselor, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Rick Bourne, Sandy and Denise Gloede.

John Van Dyke, RN

Mildred Bruhn nominated John Van Dyke, RN, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Denise Gloede, John and Rick Bourne.

Lois Weyh, LPN

Jim Bolgrien nominated Lois Weyh, LPN, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Denise Gloede, Lois and Rick Bourne.

Mike Amberg, Spiritual Counselor

The family of Russel Salswedel nominated Mike Amberg, spiritual counselor, for a Guardian Angel award. (left to right) Denise Gloede, hospice program director, Mike and Rick Bourne, HHU president and CEO.

Hospice Staff

Several members of the hospice staff were unable to attend the presentation when Patty Spragg nominated the whole hospice staff for Guardian Angel awards. (left to right) Rick Bourne, Molly Pettit, RN, Maria Hanson, social worker, Vicky Murdock, RN, Suzie Van Horn, RN, and Denise Gloede.

Frieda Schowalter, PT

Gwendolyn Ellis nominated Frieda Schowalter for a Guardian Angel award. (from left) Jane Bernatovich, physical therapy supervisor, Frieda Schowalter, physical therapist, Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Rachel Lauer, PTA

Janice Schaub nominated Rachel Lauer for a Guardian Angel award. (from left) Rick Bourne, president and CEO, Jane Bernatovich, physcial therapy supervisor, Rachel Lauer, physical therapist assistant, and Mary Jean Eisenga, rehab program director.

Hospice Staff

Patty Spragg nominated the whole hospice staff for Guardian Angel awards.

Sarah Nguyen, OT, and Katie Baumgartner, Home Health Aide

Clarence and Ellen Kroah nominated Sarah Nguyen, OT, and Katie Baumgartner, home health aide, for Guardian Angel awards. (Katie was unable to attend the presentation.) Terry Peterson, vice president clinical services, Mary Jane Eisenga, rehab program director, Sarah and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Sandy Lobe, Spiritual Counselor

Dale Williams and Bernice Herritz both nominated Sandy Lobe, spiritual counselor, for Guardian Angel awards. Denise Gloede, hospice director, Sandy, Terry Peterson, vice president clinical services and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Sally Vanwormer, Home Health Aide, and Emily Achenson, RN

The Virginia Keller family nominated Sally Vanwormer, home health aide, and Emily Achenson, RN, for Guardian Angel awards. Denise Gloede, hospice director, Sally, Emily, Terri Peterson, vice president clinical services, and Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Rachel Lauer, PT

Jim and Kathy Richardson nominated Rachel Lauer, PT, for a Guardian Angel award. Terri Peterson, vice president clinical services, Jane Bernatovich, PT supervisor, Rachel, Rick Bourne, president and CEO.

Amanda Mertens, RN, and Shelley Mussehl, RN

Glen Smith, husband of a hospice patient, nominated Amanda Mertens, RN Case Manager, and Shelley Mussehl, RN Case Manager, for Guardian Angel awards. (From left) Rick Bourne, President and CEO, presented the awards to Shelley and Amanda along with Laurie Millard, RN, Patient Care Manager, and Lynne Willer, RN, Home Health Program Director.

Patty Haylock, Home Health Aide

An anonymous donor nominated Patty Haylock, Home Health Aide, for a Guardian Angel award. "Patti was wonderful and very caring to my husband. He looked forward to her visits and was very happy with her care. No one could take her place," the donor wrote. From left: Rick Bourne, President and CEO; Patty, Laurie Millard, RN, Patient Care Manager; and Lynne Willer, RN, Home Health Program Director.

Tom Melah, RN

James and Georgette Fiedler, and Joyce Gaffney nominated Tom Melah, RN, for Guardian Angel awards. "A very kind, thoughtful person who really kept up my spirits," Joyce Gaffney wrote. From left: Pat Leonhardt, RN, Intake/UR and Reimbursement Manager; Deb Plendl, RN, Patient Care Manager; Tom, Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services; and Rick Bourne, President and CEO.

Vicky Murdock, RN

Thomas Toolis nomined Vicky Murdock, RN, for her second Guardian Angel award. Presenting the award were: Rick Bourne, President and CEO; Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services; and Denise Gloede, RN, Hospice Director.

Suzie Van Horn, RN, and Marilyn Green, Social Worker

The Barbara Beecraft family nominated Suzie Van Horn, RN, and Marilyn Green, social worker, for Guardian Angel awards. From left: Rick Bourne, President and CEO; Suzie, Marilyn, Terri Peterson,RN, Vice President Clinical Services; and Denise Gloede, RN, Hospice Director.

Meals on Wheels volunteer Sylvia Williams

Milo Swenson nominated Meals on Wheels volunteer Sylvia Williams for a Guardian Angel award. Rick Bourne, President and CEO, presented the award at the San Damiano Friary in Monona, a pick up point for Meals on Wheels.

Kay Fry, Home Health Aide

Helmut Stankevicious nominated Kay Fry, Home Health Aide, for a Guardian Angel award. From left: Denise Gloede, RN Hospice Director; Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services; Kay, and Rick Bourne, President and CEO.

Jennifer Simon, Home Health Aide

The family of Virginia Keller nominated Jennifer Simon, home health aide, for a Guardian Angel award. From left: Denise Gloede, RN, Hospice director, Jennifer, Rick Bourne, and Terri Peterson, RN.

Natalie Westegard, Social Worker, Sandy Lobe, Spiritual Counselor, and Molly Pettit, RN

The Virginia Keller family also nominated Natalie Westegard, Social Worker, Sandy Lobe, Spiritual Counselor, and Molly Pettit, RN, for Guardian Angel awards. From left: Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services; Natalie, Rick Bourne, Sandy, Denise Gloede, RN, Hospice Director; and Molly.

Norma Owen, Home Health Aide

The Virginia Keller family also nominated Norma Owen, home health aide, for a Guardian Angel award. From left: Denise Gloede, RN, Hospice Director; Terri Peterson, Vice President Clinical Services; Norma Owen, and Rick Bourne, President and CEO.

Jan Gruber, Hospice RN

Connie Mason Burke nominated Jan Gruber, Hospice RN, for a Guardian Angel award. From left: Rick Bourne, President and CEO, Jan, Terri Peterson, RN, Vice President Clinical Services, and Denise Gloede, RN Hospice Director.

Cathy Chandler, OT

Cathy Chandler, OT, received another Guardian Angel award as a result of a gift from Anne Bruno who wrote, “As an OT, Cathy helped most in the “recovery” (as much as possible) of my right broken humerus with excellent exercises and massages.” Cathy received a Culvers gift card from Rick Bourne, president and CEO, and Mary Jean Eisenga, rehab program director.

Sharon Schuler, PTA, Jenny Gorelich, OTA, and Cathy Chandler, OT

Sharon Schuler, PTA, Jenny Gorelich, OTA, and Cathy Chandler, OT, received Guardian Angel pins and certificates from Rick Bourne, president and CEO, Mary Jean Eisenga, rehab program director and Jane Bernatovich, PT supervisor. Sharon Hanushewicz made a donation to honor her caregiving team. “The world needs caring, compassionate nurses. They were special blessings to me when I needed help, " Ms. Hanushewicz wrote.

Kathy LaPhilliph, PT

Kathy LaPhilliph, PT, received her second Guardian Angel recognition from Rick Bourne, president and CEO, and Jane Bernatovich, PT supervisor. Frances Koenig nominated Kathy and said , "Through her encouragement, she performed a miracle each visit to help me stand and walk, neither of which I could do until she started her therapy."

Denise Juve, OTA

Denise Juve, OTA, received her Guardian Angel pin and certificate from Rick Bourne, president and CEO, and Mary Jean Eisenga, rehab program director. She was honored by Frances Koenig who said, "Denise helped me strengthen my muscles and showed me how easily and helpful daily chores could be accomplished."

Kris Sorenson, RN

Kris Sorenson, RN, received her Guardian Angel pin and certificate from Rick Bourne, president and CEO, along with Terri Peterson, RN, vice president of clinical services. Margorie Fontana nominated Sorenson and home health aides Katie Baumgartner, Darlene Zeman and Linda Watson. She had this to say about them:

"The girls are excellent caregivers and they are always upbeat and bring joy into my home. All of them have good personalities. I'm in bed and can't walk and when they come in with their smiles, it means so much. They are cheerful in different ways and have nice families that they talk about to me. You sure picked good ones to do this work!"

Jean Frank, RN

Jean Frank, RN, received her third Guardian Angel award from Rick Bourne, president and CEO. Terri Peterson, RN, vice president clinical services, was also present to congratulate her. In her nomination Shanna Yule said this:

"Jean was a wonderful, caring skilled nurse. She did all she could in order to make my treatments go smoothly in a friendly and efficient way. I will always thank her for her time and the difference she made in my life!"

Betty Petry, RN IV referral coordinator

Betty Petry, RN IV referral coordinator, received her Guardian Angel pin and certificate from Rick Bourne, president and CEO. Terri Peterson, RN, vice president clinical services, was also present.

The family of Barbara Becraft nominated Betty along with Donna Van Horn, RN, and Marilyn Green, social worker. In their nomination the family wrote this: "No words can say how thankful we were for the nurses, aids, social worker and ministerial staff that were assigned to our Sister Barb. They were supportive, compassionate, caring and went the extra mile to make her as comfortable as possible. They showed concern for not only Barb's welfare but her family too. Their knowledge and compassion in sharing that knowledge with Barb and her family helped us understand what she was going through as well as what to expect so there were no surprises. We were always informed of what to expect next and felt comfort that we could always call on them if we had questions. They were indeed Guardian Angels in our eyes and we are sure our sister Barb would have said the same. God Bless them and thank God for people like them!"

Vicky Wilcox, CMA

Vicky Wilcox, CMA, at St. Clare Hospice House, received her Guardian Angel pin and certificate from Rick Bourne, president and CEO of Home Health United.

Vicky was named a Guardian Angel by Michelle Macleish for the care she gave her mother, Dolores Peasall while she was a resident at the St. Clare Hospice House. "They spent so much time talking to her, they really became her friends. She felt so comfortable with everyone and they did so much; getting her ready, doing her nails, dressing her, washing her, making special meals, doing puzzles with her and just listening to her," she said.

Home Medical Equipment staff honored

Deb Benisch, patient account rep team lead, Celine Fitzgibbon, lead customer service rep, and Judy Brandenburg, patient account rep, received their Guardian Angel pins and certificates at Madison West.

The anonymous donor said "All three did an outstanding job in answering the "hot line" regarding the Medicare Provider mix up. They explained the mix up appropriately and put the patients at ease. Thank you for all you do!"

Katie Baumgartner, HHA, Linda Watson, HHA, Darlene Zieman, HHA, Kris Sorenson, RN

"The girls are excellent caregivers and they are always upbeat and bring joy into my home. All of them have good personalities. I'm in bed and can't walk and when they come in with their smiles, it means so much. They are cheerful in different ways and have nice families that they talk about to me. You sure picked good ones to do this work!"

Mary Abalos, RN, Katie Gross, RN, Denise Juve, OTA, Myrna Peterson, SW

Your staff have all been so wonderful and an expert in each of their fields of work.

Mary - She took care of my vital signs, the wounds on my legs and when necessary gave me shots. She nursed me back to health.

Katie - Through her encouragement, she performed a miracle each visit to help me stand and walk, neither of which I could do until she started her therapy.

Denise - She helped me strengthen my muscles and showed me how easily and helpful daily chores could be accomplished.

Myrna - She encouraged my husband and me to be aware of the help available in order to stay in our home, or assisted living if needed. She also wrote up an order for emergency care (DNR).

Winnifred Lindsay, LPN, Diane Boden, CMA, Vicki Wilcox, CMA, Julie Krueger, RN

Vicky and all the girls went above and beyond for Mom. They spent so much time talking to her, they really became her friends. Julie talked to her all the time about family and it helped when they could not be there.

She felt so comfortable with everyone and they did so much; getting her ready, doing her nails, dressing her, washing her, making special meals...doing puzzles with her and just listening to her.

Jay Hanson, OT

Jay was just the nicest man. He was very helpful to me and I enjoyed seeing him all the time and we always got along. We talked about alot of things while he was giving me therapy. I really enjoyed his work and wanted to help in some way.

Gail Vanderhoef, PT

All of your nurses were very professional and nice. They were very good to me. Gail just went the extra mile. She wanted to make sure I was doing the exercises right and she was very gentle.

Corinna Engel, RN, John Navine, RN, Jean Frank, RN

"We nominated Corinna (Engel) and John (Navine) because they were always nice, always pleasant. And when we had questions, they always gave us information on my illness."

"Jean (Frank) is thoughtful and considerate, very thorough in her job. She is a good person for the job."

Julie Krueger, RN, Kay Fry, HHA

The Hospice Team took good care of Dad. He and Mom were always happy to see them. Dad's home, he is on the mantel but they really took care of him in Hospice. If meds or anything were needed, they picked them up (Mom does not drive.) And they did a great job of explaining things to my folks even if Mom did not want to hear it.

Denise Kellner, RN, Maureen Kouba, RN, Sandy Lobe, Jennifer Simon, Norma Owen

Not only did the hospice team provide my mother with the best care ever, they all treated my entire family with dignity and respect. I am so glad things worked out the way they did for her. With the help of HHU Hospice she did have a "wonderful end of life."

Kathy LaPhilliph, PT

When he got home from the hospital, George wasn't moving very much. Kathy got him up out of his chair and doing exercises. She praised every effort he made. He was always glad to see her.

JoAnn Maciorowski, Homemaker/Companion

Anita had wanted to give Jo Ann a monetary gift at Christmas - however Jo Ann explained she could not accept such a gift, so Anita wrote the check out to HHU to honor Jo Ann.

Vicky Murdock, RN

"Vicky was always there. She gave me her personal phone number and said I could call her at any time. That meant a lot. She was always nice and I liked her, so did my wife."