Our Staff Speak

New Staff Member, James Ray

James Ray portrait

James B. Ray, PharmD, CPE
“Too often we hear the words ‘there is nothing else that can be done’. In my view there is always care to given, pharmacotherapy necessary to manage symptoms and suffering that demands our attention. This is the kind of care that we would all wish for ourselves and our loved ones."


From Cheryl Vahl, MSN, ARNP – Nurse Practitioner (Founder of UIHC Palliative Care Program - Retired)
“I work in palliative care because I want to make a difference in the lives of patients and families dealing with serious illness. Too many patients suffer with pain and other symptoms. Families struggle with stress and how to cope. In my work, I provide good symptom management and clear communication to help them cope and plan for the futures”  


“For me, our work promotes listening to the patient and using medical science to reduce suffering. This is why I chose to become a doctor in the first place. I love teaching young doctors and nurses the value of hearing the patient’s story.”
W. David Clark, MD – Physician


“I meet with patients and their families at a very difficult point in their lives. I can have an impact every day by listening and designing plans that meet their goals”   
Marcy Wenberg, LISW – Social Worker


“It is an honor to walk next to and support patients and families during a serious illness.  My work at the bedside deepens my sense of awe at the power of the human spirit”  
Mary Kay Kusner, MA, CC – Chaplain

“Sometimes I never meet the person at the other end of the phone line, yet I know that being a listening ear is a crucial part of my job. I take pride that I convey kindness with every phone call.”
Jo Gritton – Support Staff


“The help I received when my family was ill was priceless. My work here is a fulfilling way to pay it forward.”
Linda Steburg – Volunteer Coordinator