Greg McCortney, Owner/President

Greg McCortney, Owner/President

A native of Ada, Oklahoma, Greg McCortney graduated from Ada High School, then earned his bachelors degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. After pastoring a church in Norman, Greg took a job as a hospice chaplain and quickly realized he had found his calling. He and his wife, Ashley, founded McCortney Family Hospice in September of 2003 and have operated it from day one. He is also the owner of McCortney Family In-Home Care, which was established in 2006. Greg has served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association, including two terms as its president, and is currently a member of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s Hospice Advisory Board. He has served six years on the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including two years as Chairman. He is a former mayor and city council member for the town of Ada, and 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," Greg says. "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."

Jennifer Cary, VP of Operations/Director of Nursing

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 for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care, Jennifer has specialized in hospice care for 14 years. She earned her associates 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 goal in hospice care is to meet the patient where they are at -- physically, mentally and emotionally – and in doing so help keep their quality of life as high as possible for as long as possible,” Jennifer says. “I am rewarded each day when I look into the eyes of a patient whose symptoms are 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.”

Pia Williams, VP of Operations/Director of Nursing

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 in recognition of her achievements, 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,” Pia says. “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/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,” Amy says. “I like that hospice makes the final days of someone’s life just as important as the beginning. It’s something we should celebrate.”

Maggie Logue, Admissions RN/Case Manager

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,” Maggie says. “Helping people through their final journey is extremely meaningful to me.”

Neidra Young, RN/Case Manager

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 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,” Neidra says. “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, 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,” Sasha says. “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.”

Linn Potter, Social Worker

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 master’s 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,” Linn says. “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, 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,” Tom says. In his role as bereavement coordinator, “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.”

Susan Ayers, Chaplain

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 also 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,” Susan says. “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, 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,” Christal says. "Their personalities make it all worth it, and it’s a blessing to know I’m helping them every day.”

Courtney Powers, Home Health Aide

Courtney Powers, Home Health Aide

Home Health Aide Courtney Powers joined the McCortney Norman team in 2015 after working as a surgical technician. She received her CNA certification from the Moore-Norman Technology Center and is currently attending nursing school. “I love taking care of people,” Courtney says. “Making our patients feel comfortable and safe is a wonderful feeling.”