Gary W. George, RN, MHA, M.DIV
Favorite piece of advice: Keep quiet and listen.
A leader in the hospice field, Gary has been Hospice House’s Executive Director since the facility first opened its doors in 1998. During that time, Hospice House has served over 6,500 residents and their family members. The nonprofit organization’s reach continues to grow each year.
Working in hospice care for over 20 years reinforces Gary’s love of humanity. Some might wonder how he remains eternally optimistic and generally at ease in life when he’s surrounded by death. Gary would (somewhat jokingly) credit this to his shirt. “When deciding which shirt to wear, a person will almost always feel more comfortable in solids as opposed to flashy prints or patterns,” he says. But even those who have known him a short time know better. To Gary, hospice equals hope. A reimagined hope — hope for achieving goals, hope for reinforcing relationships and hope for leaving a meaningful legacy.
A life-long student and teacher, Gary earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. Gary graduated with Class 15 of Leadership Omaha and actively serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Hospice Palliative Care Association.
Gary and his partner, Jim, live in a 100-year-old home they renovated and share with an assortment of personable cats. He enjoys running, snow skiing, cooking, and traveling.
Maggie Weddle, RN, BSN, CHPN
Favorite piece of advice: Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
Quick with a smile and a warm bed-side manner, Maggie believes in leading by example and makes managing a 26-bed inpatient and residential hospice home look easy. She wears many hats and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Seldom behind her desk, Maggie loves meeting every resident and their loved ones; there is something about tucking a new resident into bed for the very first time here that is incredibly meaningful to Maggie. But far before a resident arrives at Hospice House, she is working to coordinate their transfer and care with the community partners and their hospice interdisciplinary team. Simultaneously, she provides excellent support and guidance to the clinical staff at Hospice House.
With more than 15 years of nursing experience, Maggie is most proud of her certification in hospice and palliative care completed 7 years ago. Specialized in hospice and palliative care, she understands that supporting a resident means lifting them up, adjusting treatment goals, managing symptoms, and making the most of their last days, weeks, or months.
Maggie received her Associate of Science in Nursing from College of Saint Mary and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University. Her love for end-of-life care moved her to pursue a Certificate in Hospice and Palliative Care from the Hospice & Palliative Care Credentialing Center.
She is the proud wife of a U.S. Marine. She and her husband, Tony, enjoy camping, traveling and hosting dog parties for her pups, Lexie and Xena.
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We are grateful for those who lead us.
No one dies alone at Hospice House, and our Board of Directors leads the organization in sound financial practices and in making ethical decisions to ensure we are here for generations to come.