John Deck, Chaplain
"John is our rock – he is our gentle giant who holds the team together."
On September 11, 2001, John worked for the Elgin, Illinois police department. While the rest of the country mourned the loss of so many, John, a disaster response specialist, traveled to New York City to help with cleanup and recovery. A few years later, he moved to Oregon and began working for Amedisys. He currently works as a chaplain for not just the Roseburg care center, but the Oregon State Police and the Roseburg fire department as well. John is asked by many family members to preside over memorial services for their loved ones because of the bonds he forms with our patients.
Sarah Casey, RN
"She is very modest about the work she does, but she has a true calling in her life for hospice."
It is a true compliment when facilities and patients request you over and over. This is the case with Sarah Casey. Sarah is the role model and example for what a great RN should be. Patients call her their "angel," "friend," and "the sunshine of their day." She is not afraid to use her spare time to do what is needed for a patient. She is given the most challenging cases often because of her ability to get everyone on the same page, educate on end-of-life care and take the lead among staff. Not every patient case is easy, and Sarah has had them all, but one thing her care center can be sure of – she will tackle each case with the utmost professionalism, a kind warm heart and a true passion for caring for patients at the end of their lives.
John Robinson, RN
"John loves hospice and you can just see it in his eyes when he speaks about it!"
John Robinson is the hospice RN you would want in your care center. His demeanor is always kind and caring. In 2005, John and his wife established Unity: A Journey of Hope, which is a non-profit organization that provides wishes for terminally ill adults. In 2010, he arranged for a Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player to come to the home of a 28-year old dying of bone cancer. Last year, he helped a 103-year old woman live her dream as she rode in the sidecar of a motorcycle with her neighbors cheering and a police escort who cleared the roads. Also, in July, he helped a couple fulfill their dream of having a formal wedding ceremony before the groom died of liver disease. John is active with the volunteer coordinator and helps with the annual widow retreat providing relaxation and visual imagery. He is the perfect example of hospice excellence in the northeast region.
Michelle Keasler, Case Manager
Rainbow City, AL
"Michelle goes out of her way to pay special attention to the small details of the needs most of us take for granted."
As a child, Michelle Keasler was sitting in church when a tornado hit and trapped her and many others in rubble. That terrifying memory came rushing back when another devastating tornado hit Alabama last spring. Michelle faced her fears and continued to provide care for patients while living without power, running water and basic necessities. That strength and compassion does not go unnoticed by patients. The care center receives many referrals due to the commitment Michelle has shown as an Amedisys hospice nurse. She also acts as a mentor inspiring and motivating other nurses and new staff.