Hospice is a philosophy of care.
It is a special way of caring for the terminally ill that allows an individual to stay at home, safely and comfortably with family and friends, due to the help and guidance of the hospice team. The team at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice offers emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social and physical support to patients and their families. They teach caregivers how to meet the ever changing needs of the patient and provide them with resources to help cope during one of lifes most difficult journeys.
Meet our Team
Director: Pam Mezyk, R.N., BSN., CHPN, has been with Adventist St. Thomas since 1997.
Medical Directors: Adventist St. Thomas Hospice is fortunate enough to have two Medical Directors on staff. Rajeev Kumar, M.D., is a board-certified geriatrician, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is part of the Department of Geriatrics at Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Hinsdale Hospitals. Dr. Rahmawati Sih is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine, and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians. She is also a certified medical director through AMDA. Dr. Sih is part of the Department of Geriatrics at Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Hinsdale Hospitals.
Intake Nurses: Requests for hospice services can be made by an individual's family members or friends, hospital and nursing home staff, as well as physicians. Intake Nurses are available to answer questions and to schedule appointments for patients and their families with the hospice staff. If services are desired, hospice care can be initiated after receiving a physicians order.
Nurses: Many of our nurses are certified in hospice and palliative care. Each patient is assigned a primary nurse, who functions as a case manager. The nurse provides ongoing support and education for the patient and family, while coordinating pain and symptom control under the direction of the patient's physician. Nurses are available when needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Medical Social Workers: Adventist St. Thomas Hospice Medical Social Workers, provide ongoing psychosocial and emotional support for patients and families, and work closely with the hospice team.
Certified Nursing Assistants: The Certified Nursing Assistants work closely under the supervision of the Registered Nurses, providing personal care and light housekeeping for our patients and families.
Pastoral Care: Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and their families. Chaplains demonstrate God's love throughout the most difficult life experiences by offering services such as bedside visits and prayers, scripture readings, crisis ministry, assisting you with contacting your clergy and planning and conducting funeral services upon request.
Bereavement Coordinators: Bereavement Coordinators are available for support to the patients and families upon admission to the hospice program, and continue to provide support throughout the 13-month bereavement program.
Volunteer Coordinators: Volunteer Coordinators supervise and coordinate the activities of more than 100 volunteers, who are available for assistance, companionship and support for our patients and families.
Volunteers: Hospice volunteers are cherished members of the Hospice team. They are extensively trained and provide services that are extremely important in assisting the patient and family through this difficult period. They may be involved in direct patient care, office help, special projects and bereavement services.
Office Staff: Adventist St. Thomas Hospice boasts a dedicated office staff that provides the administrative support that keeps the hospice functioning on a day-to-day basis.