Windmill in the Harney County Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Debbie Raney

What’s Inside…

How To Contact Us:

Matt Kohl, Executive Director
415 N. Fairview
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: 541-573-8182 ext 182
FAX: 541-573-8389
Email: matt.kohl@harneycountyor.gov

Home, Health & Hospice

Home Health and Hospice Team

Administrative Staff

  • Matt Kohl, Director
    Email: matt.kohl@harneycountyor.gov
  • Jan Larson, Billing
  • Christine Biederman, CYT, Spiritual Support, Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator
  • Steve Bull, MSW

Medical Staff

  • Sara Laiosa, MD – Hospice Medical Director
  • Beth Brooks, RN
  • Phyllis Commeree, RN
  • Nancy Carpentier, RN
  • Matt Kohl, RN
  • Dawn Marten, RN
  • Hannah McCall, CNA
  • Jodi McLean, RN
  • Ty Volle, PT
  • Kris Sanders, PT
  • Jamie Rusow, PTA

Hello from all of us at Harney County Home Health & Hospice.

The hospice philosophy acknowledges that dying is a part of the normal process of living. It focuses upon filling the person’s last days with as much physical, psychological and spiritual comfort as possible. The hospice philosophy embodies the belief that quality of life and dignity are important human rights—throughout a person’s entire lifetime.” National Hospice Association

Harney County Hospice came into existence in December 1992, after a year of hard work organizing and certifying the program. Strong support from the entire community is the reason we were able to start this service, and that support allows us to continue this program for Harney County. Being the smallest hospice in the nation brings unique challenges. The entire community has been generous with donations. The businesses have been willing to cooperate in any way they can. The medical community –all of them from the Doctors, nurses, hospital and clinic staff, their office personnel, volunteers, pharmacies, and medical equipment companies have all embraced hospice, and assisted in many ways, which makes our hospice successful. Their support makes our work highly valued, and coupled with the support of the community our job is much easier to do.  The hospice staff is on call 24 hours a day– seven days a week for hospice patients and their families; to answer questions, or for a nurse’s visit to deal with the problems that may arise. Hospice is a personal and rewarding experience for all involved, and we often become friends of both patient and family members. What a great gift patients and their families give when they allow us to assist them with their care, and  to be there in their home at the time of their death. The grief that surrounds the death of each patient affects our hospice members personally. The continued support of the community makes our job much easier, and helps us walk through our grief. There is no way to truly express how much your support is appreciated, except to say that your ongoing participation and acceptance is welcomed, valued and respected.

We also provide skilled home care services to qualifying patients in the entire geographical region of Harney County under the direction of a physician.  This includes RN, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Home Health Aide services.  Please call 541-573-8360 for any questions.

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