About Benton Hospice Service
Benton Hospice Service has been a part of the healthcare community in the mid-Willamette Valley since 1980. Our goal is to provide compassionate, professional care at the end of life.
- History of Benton Hospice Service
- Mission, Vision, and Values Statements
- Key Hospice Contacts
- Current Board Members
- Website Artwork by Bonnie Hall
Founded in 1979, Benton Hospice Service is an independent, non-profit organization which is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
The modern hospice movement began in 1967 when Cecily Saunders opened the first hospice in England. The idea of helping people die at home, in comfort and surrounded by family inspired Corvallis area healthcare professionals to begin a similar program here in Benton County. In 1977, physician David Kliewer and his wife Jean, a registered nurse, began experimenting with providing end-of-life care to the terminally ill. By 1979, a dedicated group founded Benton Hospice Service, and in 1980 an all-volunteer staff accepted its first patient.
The first year of operation, Benton Hospice Service served less than 20 patients with a volunteer staff working out of donated office space. In 2001, Benton Hospice Service moved into its current office, built with donations from the community. Today we serve over 350 patients and their families annually with over 50 professional staff and more than 120 trained volunteers.
Benton Hospice Service is accredited by the Oregon Hospice Association, certified by Medicare, and licensed by the State of Oregon.
As Benton Hospice Service continues to grow, we remain committed to providing patients and families outstanding quality end-of-life care.
Benton Hospice Service provides compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care.
We focus on quality of life; to ease suffering, honor dignity, respect choices and support grieving.
We provide resources and education for individuals, families and the community dealing with caregiving, serious illness and end-of-life support.
"You are not alone." Benton Hospice is the first name that the community thinks of when they need resources on end-of-life, grief and loss, or caregiving.
Benton Hospice is a thriving non-profit that is financially stable and maintains strong relationships with key healthcare and social service partners.
Benton Hospice has an engaged and highly qualified staff that works together as a team to consistently deliver high quality care to patients and their families.
Benton Hospice Service is committed to the following values:
- Relationship-centered care
- Micky Shields, Executive Director
- Reenie Schwallie, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPPN; Clinical Manager
- Dana Evans, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW; Clinical Services Manager
- Joelle Osterhaus, Bereavement Coordinator
- Jamey Suderman, Volunteer Coordinator
- Linda Bunch, Administrative Services Manager; HR Contact
- Laurie Russell, Outreach Manager
You can also reach any Benton Hospice Service staff member at 541-757-9616
Current Board Members
Retired RN, Eldercare Consultant
|Gary DeLander, PhD, RPL
|Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy
Oregon State University
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
|Shawn Foley, MD||
Benton Hospice Service Medical Director
|Benjamin Barnett||Rabbi, Beit Am Jewish Community|
|Marilyn J. Brasier||
Jeanne Smith & Associates, PC
|Courtney Campbell, PhD||
Retired, human resources management
Jason Phillips, MD, FACP
|Samaritan Internal Medicine and Assistant Medical Director for Benton Hospice Service|
|Director of Risk Management and Patient Advocacy, Corvallis Clinic|
Kay Schaffer, PhD
Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts
Bruce Thomson, MD
Corvallis Family Medicine
Website Artwork by Bonnie Hall
The flower images on our website are the original artwork of Bonnie Hall.
"Bonnie Hall was born an artist. Though never formally trained, from her earliest school days she showed an innate talent for capturing life and transmitting it to paper. Through a nearly 40-year career as a scientific illustrator she regretted that her intensely detailed black-and-white drawings, though essential to the science, were shut away in scientific journals "very badly needed by very few people". When she discovered color seriagraphy, she found her life's mission. Her screenprints of native wildflowers and a few butterflies were immensely popular in the region. She was anxious that a larger public come to appreciate "the overlooked, the undervalued, or the threatened wild things native to our Pacific Northwest landscape."
Bonnie died of cancer, too young, at 72. She was at the height of her game, having almost mastered screenprinting after 12 years of struggle. Of the 32 large prints she produced, 14 are now out of print, and others are nearly sold out. This book is dedicated to her life and talent, in the hope that through this medium many more people will come to appreciate the natural world in the way that she did."
(from the introduction to Ever Blooming: The Art of Bonnie Hall)
Bonnie exhibited work in numerous juried events sponsored by regional arts associations and by the American Society of Botanical Artists, and continues to be represented by Pegasus Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon. Her work is collected in Ever Blooming: The Art of Bonnie Hall, published by Oregon State University Press.
Benton Hospice Service is grateful for the kind permission of Jim Hall to share Bonnie's artwork on our website and to Pegasus Gallery for their assistance.
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