Our Passionate Hospice Care Team

Caring for our hospice patients and their families is a special mission for every McCortney employee. Our hospice care staff in Norman and Ada works and lives in the same communities as our patients and is dedicated to making our patients’ final months as peaceful as possible.

Greg McCortney, Owner/President

Greg McCortney is a native of Ada, Oklahoma where he graduated high school and later served as mayor, a city council member, and board member on the Chamber of Commerce.

After pastoring a church in Norman, Greg took a job as a hospice chaplain where he quickly realized he had found his calling. In 2003, he and his wife Ashley founded McCortney Family Hospice and in 2006 established McCortney Family In-Home Care—in which he is also an owner. Greg has served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association—including two terms as its president. He is chair of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s Home Care and Hospice Advisory Board. He is currently running for the Oklahoma State Senate’s District 13 seat.

“There is something sacred and important about your final months on earth, and it’s an honor to be a part of that. We are the experts in an area where nobody wants to be an expert, and I’m proud to be able to do it. Our team makes a difference every day.”

Norman Location

Jennifer Cary, VP of Operations/Director of Nursing

Jennifer Cary, RN, was instrumental in establishing the McCortney Family Hospice office in Norman two years ago, where she now serves as VP of Operations and Director of Nursing. Certified by the National Board of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, Jennifer has specialized in hospice care for 14 years. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma City Community College. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Oklahoma March of Dimes’ Oklahoma Nurse of the Year Award.

“Our challenge in hospice care is to meet the patient where they are—physically, mentally and emotionally—and in doing so help keep their quality of life as high as possible for as long as possible. I am rewarded each day when I look into the eyes of a patient whose pain is under control, when I work with a spouse who knows he/she is not alone, and when family members find the support they need from me and my hospice team. This is what keeps me going.”

Maggie Logue, Admissions RN/Case Manager

A former intensive care nurse, Maggie Logue, Admissions RN/Case Manager, has been caring for hospice patients for nearly five years, and has been a part of McCortney Family Hospice in Norman since 2014. She received her nursing training from Wesley School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas.

“I serve hospice patients because I firmly believe in the concept of hospice, which is to provide both medical and emotional support to the patient and their entire family. Helping people through their final journey is extremely meaningful to me.”

Jeanie VanBuskirk – RN/Case Manager

Jeanie VanBuskirk, RN, started working with McCortney in May of 2017.  She obtained her LPN in 2010 from Metro Technology Center.  She later obtained her RN Associates Nursing degree from Oklahoma State University-OKC campus in 2014.  Her nursing experience includes pediatric long term care, hospital med-surgical, home health, and adult long term care with skilled care focus as well.  During her time with adult long term care, she became experienced and gained understanding to the process of hospice care and the daily involvement of those around the patient to provide the care and support needed to make each day the most it can be during a difficult and life-altering time.

“When a patient and their family gets a specific diagnosis or comes to a crossroads in life that proves to be a struggle to understand or cope with all the decisions needing to be made, I would like to be that professional and caring voice and image that will be able to assist with the physical, mental, and/or emotional care needed to make that time less difficult for everyone.”

Jill Callen – RN/Case Manager

Jill Callen has been a nurse for 14 years, and has been in hospice for 5 years. She graduated from Rose State College with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2003, graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2010 with her Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing. She then obtained her Master’s from Kaplan University in 2015.

“I enjoy hospice because it provides a valuable service to the patient and family during a potentially stressful time. It is very rewarding to be able to provide care to my patients.”

Kerri Hyland, Home Health Aide

Kerri Hyland, CHHA, has been a member of McCortney Family Hospice’s Norman team since the office opened in 2013. After spending 17 years as a paralegal, Kerri switched careers, then earned both her certified nursing assistant and certified home health aide licenses from the Moore-Norman Technology Center. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I chose to enter this field after seeing several family members go through the hospice process. I knew that was what I needed to do. It is very gratifying to be able to help others who are going through the same thing.”

 

Terri Caruso, Volunteer Coordinator

Terri Caruso joined the Norman McCortney team in February 2016 after spending a year as a volunteer for the office. Terri is an Occupational Therapist, receiving her degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, specializing in Geriatric Rehab for 12 years prior to staying home with children.

“My mother received care from McCortney. The support that she and our family received far exceeded our expectations. Being able to be a part of the McCortney team allows me to assist in giving just a portion of that support back to our patients and family members.”

Linn Potter, Social Worker

Linn Potter, LCSW, social worker for the Norman McCortney office, has been specializing in hospice care for 11 years. She previously worked in community mental health and maintained a private practice as a licensed clinical social worker. She holds both masters and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Oklahoma.

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people during the end of their life or their loved one’s life. For me, I find the experience of working with families and helping them through such a challenging time to be very interesting and fulfilling.”

Tom Amos, Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator

Tom Amos serves as both chaplain and bereavement coordinator for McCortney’s Norman office. A pastor for 20 years, he began doing hospice work in 2002. He is a graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I enjoy simply being there as a support and helping our patients focus on valuing the time they have left and living it to the fullest extent that they can. My goal is to walk with the family through the grief and pain long enough to realize they can enjoy life again. It is very fulfilling when I can provide resources and comfort and help family members achieve greater peace of mind.”


Ada Location

Pia Williams, VP of Operations/Director of Nursing

Pia Williams, RN, has been with McCortney Family Hospice for 10 years, and currently serves as VP of Operations and Director of Nursing for the Ada office. She has specialized in hospice care for 15 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Central University in Ada and an LPN degree from Kiamichi Vo-Tech in Durant. Pia is certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, and the Oklahoma Hospice & Palliative Care Association selected her as their 2014 Hospice Nurse of the Year.

“I consider hospice to be a very gratifying job. There are two main events in people’s lives – birth and death – and with hospice I feel like I’m truly making a difference with the patients and their families.”

Amy Ballagh, RN/Case Manager

Amy Ballagh, RN, has been a case manager with McCortney Family Hospice in Ada since 2014. She received her LPN from Pontotoc Technology Center, and her bachelor of nursing degree from East Central University in Ada.

“We celebrate births all the time, but sometimes the end of our lives gets overlooked. I like that hospice makes the final days of someone’s life just as important as the beginning. It’s something we should celebrate.”

Neidra Young, RN/Case Manager

RN/Case Manager Neidra Young has been a part of the McCortney Family Hospice staff in Ada since 2013. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. She earned her RN degree from Murray State College in Tishomingo and her LPN from Pontotoc Technology Center.

“Even though it’s a sad time, as a hospice nurse you can go in there with a positive attitude and make a huge difference in people’s families and in their situation. I enjoy getting to be with these families for a while and knowing that I’ve helped to make it better.”

Sasha Osborne-Franks, Social Worker/Bereavement Coordinator

Sasha Osborne-Franks has been with McCortney Family Hospice in Ada for the entire nine years that she has specialized in hospice care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from East Central University in Ada.

“I enjoy helping families negotiate change, like the personal changes that are necessary when adapting to health issues. I also enjoy helping patients and families with the process of building or rebuilding support networks. Helping them work through all the sadness, depression and other emotions that accompany patients and families in these situations is very meaningful.”

Susan Ayers, Chaplain

McCortney Family Hospice Chaplain Susan Ayers joined the Ada office in 2010. She is ordained through the Light House of Prayer church, and maintains a prison ministry and a singing ministry at area nursing homes and assisted living centers.

“I do hospice work because I was called to do it, and there’s no greater joy than doing what you’re called to do. I treasure bringing the comfort of the Lord to patients and families and encouraging them through prayer and song.”

Christal Minor, Home Health Aide

Christal Minor completed training for her CNA and certified home health aide licenses at Pontotoc County Technology Center, and has been with the McCortney Family Hospice Ada office since early 2015.

“I love the people I take care of and the people I work with. Their personalities make it all worth it, and it’s a blessing to know I’m helping them every day.”

Please contact us if you have further questions or to set up hospice care for you or a loved one.

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