Hospice Staff

Southeast Hospice staff includes:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Bereavement Counselor
  • Medical Social Workers/Counseling
  • Nurses and Nurse Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Therapies (physical, occupational, speech, dietary)
  • Volunteers

Team Staff Members

Dr. Donald Edwards

Dr. Donald Edwards
Medical Director

The Medical Director, as a member of the interdisciplinary team, facilitates communication among the medical staff and serves as an advocate of the hospice care concepts. The Medical Director keeps the team abreast of the new developments in pain and symptom management and shares in discussions and decisions regarding moral and ethical issues. Dr. Edwards visits patients routinely in their place of residence so that they do not have to go back and forth to a doctor’s office anymore, which is often too taxing on patients to continue. He provides patients, families, staff and contracted facility’s staff with his expertise in handling difficult cases with the best possible outcome for the patient. He has over 17 years of experience as the Southeast Hospice Medical Director, and nearly 50 years of clinical experience as a physician.

Vickie Schnurbusch

Vickie Schnurbusch, MSN, RN, CHPN
Southeast Home Care Services Administrator

The Homecare Services Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Southeast Hospice, Home Health and Building Blocks programs, consistent with goals and objectives established by SoutheastHEALTH. Inherent with this responsibility is the financial management and daily operations of all aspects of the Home Care Programs. Vickie has been a member of the Southeast Hospice Staff since 1994. She has served as a staff nurse, Patient Care Coordinator and now Director of Homecare Services. Vickie is the Southeast Hospice representative to the state and national Hospice and Palliative Care Associations, and is a board member for the Hospice Advisory Council appointed through the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

Teal Biri

Teal Biri, BSN, RN, CHPN
Patient Care Coordinator

The Patient Care Coordinator processes referrals and provides the initial clinical interaction with the hospice patient/family. The Patient Care Coordinator reviews patient cases on a continuous basis to ensure needs are being met. The Patient Care Coordinator coordinates the hospice team services for patients, daily scheduling of staff and supervises the entire hospice team. Teal began with Southeast Hospice as a Registered Nurse in 2001 and became the Patient Care Coordinator in 2013. Teal’s goal for Southeast Hospice is to provide comfort and dignity. We strive to help our patients be able to add life to days when days can no longer be added to life.

Gary Tinsleyhospice

Gary Tinsley, BSN, RN
Hospice Team Coordinator

The Hospice Team Coordinator assists the Patient Care Coordinator with processing referrals and scheduling visits. The Team Leader also assists with the Interdisciplinary Group Meeting weekly and keeps track of patient’s recertification periods. Team Leader also sees patients as a Registered Nurse. Gary came to work at Southeast Hospice in 2004 as a Registered Nurse. In the fall of 2015, he was appointed Hospice Team Leader. Gary has over 29 years of nursing experience with many of those years being in cardiac care and ICU nursing. Gary is always eager to help do whatever is needed to assist patients and staff meet their goals.

Vicky Hyslop

Vicky Hyslop, MSW
Social Worker

Vicky Hyslop, MSW has been a social worker at Southeast Hospice since 2001. Vicky has a wealth of knowledge to help guide families along their hospice journey. She is a strong patient advocate and is dedicated to making the difficult journey at the end of life as full of dignity and comfort as possible for each Southeast Hospice patient. Vicky believes that it is an honor and privilege to share in our patient’s lives, hear the wonderful stories, see the love and commitment, and work together to make a difference.

Pam Buchheithospice

Pam Buchheit, MSW
Social Worker

Pam Buchheit, MSW has been a social worker for 25 years, with the last 15 working for Southeast Hospital in the areas of Oncology/Hematology. Pam transferred to Southeast Hospice in fall of 2016. Pam feels fortunate to be a part of the Southeast Hospice team. Hospice sees dying as a normal process of life and the goal is to help patients continue to live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible, and to help them and their families with the transitions along the way. Patients come into hospice at a very vulnerable and often difficult time. Hospice strives to respect each patient where they are along that journey and help them maintain as much dignity, respect and independence as possible. I find each patient leaves behind a unique part of themselves that touches us in different ways.

Crystal Montgomery

Crystal Montgomery, MSW
Bereavement Coordinator & Counselor

The Bereavement Counselor becomes involved with the family after the hospice patient dies. This person assesses the grief and bereavement intervention level and with the help of the family, determines the frequency and type of contacts the family will receive throughout the 13 months following the death. The Bereavement Counselor is also in charge of the Grief Support Group and the Annual Community Memorial Service. Crystal started as Southeast Hospice’s dedicated bereavement counselor in 2009. Crystal states that her background in grief and loss counseling coupled with her passion for helping families through this difficult time is why she feels dedicated to this work, to this calling.

Stan Hargis

Rev. Stan Hargis
Spiritual Counselor

The Hospice Chaplain is available to provide spiritual support to hospice patients and their families. A hospice patient may have their own minister, priest, or rabbi and may choose not to receive visits from the Hospice Chaplain, although each family will be contacted upon admission. At any time while in hospice, patients or families can choose to add Chaplain visits. Services the Hospice Chaplain may provide include: Prayer, Communion, Baptism and assistance with funeral services, if desired. Stan has served as the Southeast Hospice Spiritual Counselor since 2008.

Robert Conway

Robert Conway RN

Robert (Bob) Conway, RN has been a Southeast Hospice RN since 2007. Bob states, that at the nursing homes he has made a point of getting to know a lot of the staff which helps him to have a good working relationship with them. In getting to know patients, families, caregivers he tries to use appropriate humor to build relationships and tries to meet people where they are at in their journey.

Ginger Rampleyhospice

Ginger Rampley, BSN, RN, CHPN

Ginger Rampley, BSN, RN, CHPN has been with Southeast Hospice since 2000 and has her certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. She has 32 years of nursing experience, with many years specializing in cardiac care. Ginger is compassionate and very knowledgeable regarding disease progression and symptom management. She is calm under pressure and is seen as a leader among her peers. Ginger expressed that being able to help someone get relief from horrible symptoms, and return quality to their life is the most rewarding part of her job as a hospice nurse.

Deb Sabellahospice

Debbie Sabella, MHA, BSN, RN

Debbie Sabella, MHA, BSN, RN joined the Southeast Hospice team as a Registered Nurse in 2016. Debbie has 26 years of nursing experience, with many years specializing in medical - surgical nursing. She is a wonderful addition to the hospice team and is committed to the hospice philosophy of striving to provide excellent symptom management and preserving dignity of every Southeast Hospice patient she serves. Debbie describes her move to joining Southeast Hospice as the most rewarding job she has ever had.

 Gina Frazierhospice

Gina Fraizer, BSN, RN, CHPN

Gina Fraizer, BSN, RN, CHPN began working as a Registered Nurse for Southeast Hospice in 2004. She has her certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Gina has 15 years of nursing experience in oncology, case management, and appeals. While in case management she has had experience in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry. Gina remarked that hospice nursing allows her the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life at a time when they most need open and honest communication, compassion and support. Gina states that her patients have taught her what it means to show strength and gratitude even when life is complicated.

Jessica VanDeusenhospice

Jessica Vandeusen, RN

Jessica Vandeusen, RN joined the Southeast Hospice team in 2016. She has been a registered Nurse for 9 years, working majority of that time with Veterans. Jessica is enthusiastic about helping meet the needs of her hospice patients and supporting their families. Jessica remarks that being able to answer patient/family’s questions, put their minds at ease, and make a difficult time easier for them, is the best part of being a Southeast Hospice nurse.

Pam Simmons 

Pam Simmons, RN

Pam Simmons, RN is a new addition to the hospice team. Pam has been a nurse since 1994, and has years of experience in geriatric, orthopedic, long term acute care, oncological, and psychiatric nursing. Pam is a wonderful addition to the hospice team and reports she looks forward to being able to spend one on one time with her patients; guiding and supporting them during their time of need.

Lydia Bohnerthospice

Lydia Bohnert, CNA
Hospice Nurse Aide

Lydia Bohnert, CNA has been employed by Southeast Hospice since 2013 . She enjoys the one - on - one special attention she is able to provide her patients and the bonds of friendship that can be created at a time in someone’s life that they need a friend the most.

Leslie Bailiff 

Leslie Bailiff, CNA

Leslie Bailiff, CNA joined Southeast Hospice in July of 2017. Leslie has an kind heart and shows appreciation to each of her patients for allowing her to be a part of their journey. Leslie is excited about joining the hospice team and looks forward to easing the burdens of personal care for the families she assists.

Bev Hefnerhospice

Beverly Hefner
Billing Secretary

Beverly Hefner, Hospice Billing Secretary has been with Southeast Hospice for 17 years. Beverly assists with fielding phone calls from families, answers critical questions regarding billing issues and works with insurance providers, Medicare and Medicaid to best assist hospice patients with their financial needs. Beverly is the calm voice on the other end of most phone calls made to the hospice office. She is warm and genuinely caring about every patient touched by Southeast Hospice services. Beverly remarks that she is blessed to work along side such a Christian group of individuals and is proud to be part of the Southeast Hospice team.

Karen Schererhospice

Karen Scherer
Secretary

Karen Scherer, Hospice Secretary has been an employee at SoutheastHEALTH for 35 years with 24 of them being in the hospice office. Karen is usually the first person to ever talk to a potential Southeast Hospice patient or family member. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and abounding in patience. Her warm demeanor put even the most nervous caller at ease. Karen is responsible for ordering the supplies needed for patients and staff, she overseas all the behind - the - scene needs required to run a dedicated and professional office. Karen describes her time working in hospice as am opportunity to learn something new everyday. My job is rewarding and the my co - workers are focused on making each day of our patient’s lives the best they can be.

Lynn Borenhospice

Lynn Boren, BSW
Volunteer Coordinator

Lynn Boren, BSW, Volunteer Coordinator has been a member of the Southeast Hospice team since 1996. She worked the first 21 years as a Hospice Social Worker and in 2016 stepped into the position of Volunteer Coordinator. As Volunteer Coordinator, Lynn is the point person for the volunteer program; recruiting, training and supervising the Hospice Volunteers. Lynn also assists with providing community education programs, and special events. Lynn expressed that working along side of the Southeast Hospice Team has been a life - shaping career choice. Everyone of my co - workers and volunteers are devoted to making sure the patients of Southeast Hospice get the best care possible. I am honored to know each of them and proud of the care they provide.