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Three new hires at Regional Hospice in Bessemer sit together Thursday morning. Pictured are, from left, social workers Ken Hansen and Jennifer Rye and chaplain, the Rev. Kurt Kovanen.
BESSEMER - Regional Hospice of Bessemer recently hired three new faces for its organization: the Rev. Kurt Kovanen, social services worker Jennifer Rye and social worker Ken Hansen.
Kovanen was hired last October as a part-time chaplain.
"I provide spiritual support, encouragement and a listening ear," he said. "My goal is to be with and help people as they complete their lives' journey."
Rye brings 22 years of social work experience to Regional Hospice. "My hope is to support the community in their choices and assist the community with various options of care and medical benefits with the program," she said.
Hansen, a social worker, was hired last month.
"I hope to provide support and comfort to our patients at their most vulnerable times," he said. Hansen has worked in outpatient health at Gogebic Community Mental Health in Wakefield for 19 years.
Regional Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based organization with centers in Ashland, Hayward and Spooner, Wis ., as well as Bessemer.
"This program is designed to assist those who are terminally ill or have a life-limiting illness," said community outreach director Kathy Maki. "We try to keep them out of the emergency room."
"It's a wonderful organization that values the dignity and integration in different life circumstances," Kovanen said.
For more information, call 906-663-0308 or visit regionalhospice.org.