Our Staff Speak


“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


“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”   
Cheryl Vahl, MSN, ARNP – Nurse Practitioner
(Founder of UIHC Palliative Care Program - Retired)


“I bring patients and families together during times of great emotion. Music therapy may decrease anxiety and pain, offer opportunity for reflection, and allow for expression of feelings. It is rewarding to work with patients and families through music”
Meredith Cairer, MT-BC - Music Therapist 


“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