- Cedar Rapids, IA 524045005 Bowling StSuite B
Primary Services:Hospice Care
Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama
We know you have important questions about hospice care, especially if you’re dealing with urgent medical concerns. Our first step is listening and understanding your goals and priorities. Together, we can offer you and your family comfort care that helps you make the most of your time together.
- 24/7 access to care from licensed professionals
- Medical equipment, medication and personal care supplies
- Care coordinated with your doctor
- Managing pain and other symptoms
- Physical, dietary and other therapy services
- Spiritual care and support
- Respite care (relief) for family caregivers
- Hospice aides to help with the tasks of daily living
- Care provided wherever you call home, whether it be a hospital, nursing home, assisted living or your personal residence
- Ongoing grief support
Hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit.
Coverage includes nurses, other caregivers, medicines, supplies and equipment, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the hospice diagnosis.
Patricia Christy, BSN RN CHPCA, is executive director for our Eastern Iowa program, overseeing operations in 28 counties. Patricia earned her BSN from of the University of Illinois College of Nursing in 1989. Previously, she received her diploma in nursing from the Akron General Medical Center School of Nursing in 1974.
Patricia is an active leader in hospice, home care, oncology and holistic nursing. She is one of the Great Iowa Nurses from its inaugural year in 2005 and has current and past certifications in oncology nursing, hospice and palliative care nursing both clinically and administratively, holistic nursing, and integrative therapies including aromatherapy and reiki. Patricia is married and has 6 children, 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Her personal passions include family, gardening, herbalism and social justice.
Director of Clinical Services
Keri Ganoe is director of clinical services for Compassus – Cedar Rapids, where she is devoted to providing compassionate, quality care to patients and their loved ones. In this role, Keri oversees the interdisciplinary team of health care providers, including nurses, hospice aides, chaplains and social workers, to ensure patients receive the highest quality care. She develops care plans to meet the individual needs of patients and to provide them and their families with the comfort and support needed to have a meaningful end-of-life experience.
Prior to joining Compassus in 2014, Keri worked in the Quad Cities area providing cardiac care. She earned her degree from Kirkwood Community College.
Managing Clinical Director
Mashell Belzer is the director of clinical services for Iowa. A graduate of Southeastern Community College, Mashell has focused the majority of her nursing career on long-term care and has extensive experience leading successful teams. In her role, Mashell strives to ensure patients receive the care they deserve to preserve quality of life in their end-of-life journey.
Tiffany's clinical hospice experience makes her uniquely qualified to coordinate care that ensures the best quality of life for patients and their families. She is a Washington native who began her career as a photographer in the obstetric units at local hospitals. She later pursued a nursing degree at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. She returned to Washington after graduation to raise her three children. She joined Compassus in April 2017.
Whether you serve behind the scenes at the office or one-on-with families, you'll be part of a volunteer team helping families navigate life's closing chapters.
Enter your details below and a volunteer coordinator will send you information and an application.
Medical Director, Cedar Rapids / Washington Teams
Dr. Scott Piper MD graduated with his MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine after completing his undergraduate work in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. Dr. Piper started his own practice, Piper Family Medicine PC, in 2012, to spend more time with his patients listening, learning and working with them to achieve better care. Dr. Piper has five years of experience as a hospice medical director and six years of experience as a medical director for long term care facilities. He is married with five children ages 9 to 17. He enjoys Jazz music and being a Dad. His professional passions are End of Life Care and improving chronic illness to maximize patient quality of life.