Hospice Caregiver Spotlight Winner
Congratulations Denise Burdick!
I have worked as a hospice nurse for 10 years with the last 2 of those being part of the caring team at Vantage Hospice. I became a hospice nurse after a difficult family crisis and feel this experience helped me understand what patients and their families encounter as they navigate through the changes and challenges at the end of life. I strive to provide hospice care that is a blend of nursing, teaching and ministry. I feel blessed to work with a wonderful team of administrators, chaplains, social workers, aides and a variety of support staff who all truly care about the individual needs of our patients and their caregivers.
Over the years, I have learned much about living, loving and the importance of relationships. I am in awe of the diversity and uniqueness of mankind, and the unifying truth that we all have been given inherent worth, dignity and purpose. Hospice nursing has enriched my life by teaching me to find joy in the simple things in daily life –smiles, hugs, times of stillness and quiet, the gift of being present with a loved one, kindness, and even tears. I have 6 adult children and 2 precious grand-darlings. When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, gardening and outdoor activities.
To learn more about Vantage Hospice, visit their website at www.vantagehospice.com
Congratulations Jan Gartenberg!
Jan Corey Gartenberg, a native of Southern California, is currently the Admissions Nurse and Clinical Liaison for Pathway Hospice. He graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1999 magna com laude with both Registered Nurse and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. He immediately took a position as an oncology nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and later became a clinic nurse at Texas Oncology. There he was honored by Cure Magazine with an Extraordinary Healer Award. What soon followed was a rewarding career in hospice nursing.
While his first degree in 1981 was in graphic design from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, he knew that one day he would become a hospice nurse. He has developed his skills in patient care and is committed to positive patient and family outcomes. He has built strong relationships with his hospice team and other medical professionals in the community.
His volunteer activities include social service and advocacy. While living in Los Angeles, he was a grant writer and a member of the speakers’ bureau for Nechama: A Jewish Response to AIDS. Nechama is the Hebrew word for “comfort” or “compassion”. Launched in 1986, Nechama was the first Jewish AIDS program in the country. Its purpose was to educate the Los Angeles Jewish community about the disease and to provide support for those who suffered from it.
Jan assists DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in completing their renewal applications. He taught religious school at Temple Shalom and was a 17-year member of their adult choir. He is currently a member of Congregation Beth El Binah and is actively involved in interfaith activities bringing Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to discuss their similarities and differences.
He enjoys reading, gardening, theater, and expanding his Jewish and nursing knowledge. He was a founding member of the local Hadassah chapter’s Lillian Wald Nurses Council. The Council provides American Jewish nurses of all ages and backgrounds with a unique opportunity to join together to form professional relationships and personal friendships. A volunteer for TPAPN (Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses), Jan provides advocacy to Texas nurses who have an identified substance use or mental health condition so they may return to work and practice nursing safely.
“We focus a lot of attention on the birth of a child at the beginning of their life, and we celebrate a baby’s arrival,” Jan says. “As someone nears the end of their life, I turn my attention to providing as much comfort and compassion as is possible, helping them live out their final days in dignity.”
To learn more about Pathway Hospice, visit their website at www.pathwayhospice.net