About Seasons Hospice
The Seasons Hospice Story
Since the early 1990’s, Seasons Hospice has been providing hospice services in the Rochester, Minnesota area to persons who are living with terminal illness, who no longer seek curative treatment. Originally part of Shamrock In-Home Nursing, Seasons became an independent non-profit agency, certified both by Medicare and Medicaid, in the Spring of 1996.
In November 1997, the Seasons Hospice House was opened in southwest Rochester, representing the first Medicare certified freestanding hospice facility in the state of Minnesota. Originally built in 1952 as a home for the family of Dr. F. Edmund Donoghue, a Mayo Clinic physician and his wife Winifred, Seasons Hospice House is situated on 13 beautifully wooded acres in rural Rochester, Minnesota.
Our Service Area
Seasons Hospice provides hospice and bereavement care to individuals and families in southeastern Minnesota, within a 30-mile radius around Rochester and encompassing Dodge County, Fillmore County, Goodhue County, Mower County, Olmsted County, Wabasha County, and Winona County.
What is Hospice?
The first modern hospice emerged in England in 1968. By the mid 1970’s, hospice had come to the United States and soon thereafter the Medicare and Medical Assistance programs established hospice benefits. Now, most private insurance plans, HMO’s and other managed care organizations include hospice benefits, making hospice available for people of all ages.
Hospice is comprehensive care offering services and support to those living with terminal illness and their loved ones when a cure is no longer the goal. Generally, hospice is appropriate for persons who are in the last six months of their life; however hospice services are available as long as needed, provided the eligibility criteria are met. The emphasis of hospice care is on quality of life, and on maximizing comfort as conditions take their natural course. Hospice care is holistic, delivered by a team of professionals and trained volunteers, designed to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological issues that accompany end of life. Focus is given to controlling distressing symptoms, as well as other concerns the patient or family may have.
Seasons Hospice Leadership Team
Seasons Hospice is governed by a board of directors who meet bi-monthly and advise the staff on policy issues and provide fiduciary oversight. They represent both consumers who have used our services, and members of the medical and business communities with expertise in hospice care, finance, law, marketing, and fund development. The executive committee works closely with the executive director on administrative matters.
Board of Directors - 2015
C. Robert Stanhope, MD - President
Tim Hansen - Vice President
Carol Lingbeck - Secretary
Carmen Pleschourt - Treasurer
Richard Christiana, MD
Mary E. Johnson - Chaplain Emerita
Thomas Poterucha, MD
Executive Director: Beverly Haynes, RN
Medical Director: Michael Mesick, M.D., Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine
Beverly Haynes is Executive Director of Seasons Hospice, a position she has held since July of 2009. Beverly has an intimate knowledge of Seasons Hospice, and in particular the unique needs of our hospice patients and families. She started with Seasons as an on-call nurse and was the first nurse to work at the hospice house when it opened in November of 1997. From there she went on to work as a Patient Care Coordinator, Performance Improvement Coordinator, and Clinical Director of Seasons Hospice.
Beverly is originally from the Boston area, where she received her RN degree from the New England Deaconess School of Nursing and her BSN from Northeastern University. Prior to working in hospice, Beverly worked as a registered nurse in medical surgery, neurology, emergency room and homecare.