February 9th, 2007

Great River Hospice Social Worker Joan Rodgers has earned a Certificate in Bereavement from Madonna University. The certificate is recommended for people with graduate degrees to supplement their clinical knowledge and expertise in working with people who are experiencing grief. Rodgers has a master’s degree in social work.

Madonna University, Livonia, Mich., offers the only university-based hospice program of its kind in the United States. The course work for the bereavement certificate includes knowledge about the complexity of grief, diagnosis, intervention and current research.

Rodgers, of Mt. Pleasant, has been a medical social worker for 30 years. She came to Great River Hospice to help patients in her hometown and nearby communities after Crossroads Home Health Care and Hospice closed in December 2003.

Great River Hospice is a part of Great River Home Health Care and Hospice. Offices are located at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington and next to the Medical Office Building at Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. A hospice house for southeast Iowa is under construction in West Burlington; it is expected to open in September.

Great River Hospice offers bereavement care to all hospice families following the death of their loved ones. For more information, please call (319) 986-6325, (319) 768-3350 or toll free, (877) 404-4766.