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HRRV welcomes Sheila Smith to nursing team


Hospice of the Rock River Valley (HRRV) is pleased to announce the addition of Sheila Smith to the hospice team. Sheila will be working on the clinical team as a registered nurse.

Smith will be responsible for direct patient care, collaborating with other team members and physicians to provide the best care possible.

Prior to joining Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Smith has spent time working in long term care and rehabilitative nursing, most recently at Dixon Healthcare.

Of her new position, Smith said, "While still in school I was able to care for my sister who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. I knew then that hospice was my ultimate goal.” “I hope to be able to guide families and their loved ones through the process of end of life struggles. My goal is to ensure my patients are well cared for and kept as comfortable as possible through their journey,” Smith said.

Sheila comes from a large family, in which she was one of 11 children. Sheila and her husband have six grown children between them and also has six grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, boating, amateur photography and gardening.

HRRV welcomes Tiffany Hummel as new Director of Nursing


Hospice of the Rock River Valley (HRRV) is pleased to announce the addition of Tiff any Hummel, BSN, RN Director of Nursing. Tiffany joined the hospice team in late October and oversees the day to day operations within the nursing department. She is also responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance and collaborating with clinicians to maintain patient comfort and dignity during their end of life journey. Tiff any is available to meet with area hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics to help them understand the hospice mission and services that can be provided to our community.

"My passion has always been nursing since I was a young child," says Hummel, who has worked for KSB Hospital for almost 15 years. She began as a CNA, then received her associates degree in nursing and then pursued her bachelors. She has worked in critical care, quality, as well as medical/surgical. "I chose to join hospice for the opportunity to help a growing organization that focuses on patient centered care," Hummel said, "we want to continue to have a strong team of nursing professionals who can care for our patients at all levels whether it is in their home or at the hospice house."

In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her family, which includes four children - two girls, ages 2 and 7; and two boys, ages 9 and 12.

Annual Memorial Service


When: 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017

Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Ave., Sterling, IL


Hospice of the Rock River Valley Memorial Service, honoring loved ones who died during the past year. The service will be held at 3 p.m., May 7 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Avenue in Sterling. The service is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. If you did not use hospice services and would like your loved one’s name included in the presentation, call 815-625-3858.

T*I*M*E (Together in Memories) Grief Support Group


When: Noon - 1:30 p.m., second Monday of every month

Where: Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 2600 N. Locust St., Sterling, IL

Have you or anyone you know suffered the loss of a loved one? Are you grieving that loss, and feeling like you don’t know how to cope? If you would like to understand your thoughts and feelings during this difficult time, join T*I*M*E, a grief support group hosted by Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting. For more information about the group, call Cynthia at 815-625-3858.



February 2017

Speakers Bureau


Education is essential to understanding Hospice philosophy and end of life decisions. Staff members and specially trained volunteers are available to speak to your group about a variety of topics. We customize our presentation to fit your needs and welcome the opportunities to share information about Hospice, bereavement and end of life care.


To schedule a speaker, call 815-625-3858 or email us here.

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