A Team Approach to Hospice Care
Hospice care is based on a team approach. Here’s how the different members of the Serenity team can best serve you. We take care of everything so you can focus on what matters.
Our Medical Directors
J. Gregory Kahrs, MD
A Wichita native and Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Kahrs graduated with a B.A. from Wichita State University in 1984. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine followed by a residency in Family Medicine in Milwaukee Wisconsin at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Kahrs joined the United States Air Force in 2003 to assist in the middle-east conflict. Now back in private practice, Dr. Kahrs emphasizes a full range of office-based family medicine from infants to seniors.
Dr. Kahrs provides medical direction to the Serenity Hospice Care team of clinicians, offering a special kind of caring that encompasses the medical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of treatment.
Dr. Susan Giovanni
A native of Wichita, attending elementary, high school and college in this area. Her medical school years were spent in Kirksville Missouri, the home of Osteopathy. Clinical rotations in all specialties helped her find her place in primary care and she completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Francis Hospital. Since that time, she has been with small, independent practices and even practiced solo for six years. Most recently, her time has been dedicated to hospice work, helping teams provide comfort and dignity to families and loved ones as they transition to the end of life.
Dr. Giovanni is active in church and has worked with the underserved at Grace Med and students at WSU Health Clinic. She considers bringing triplets into this world as one of her greatest accomplishments and finds a great deal of joy and fulfillment as she raises them to be productive citizens. And, Dr. Giovanni likes to say: “Helping someone learn anything new and getting people to understand their worth and value bring the greatest joy of all to me. Keep your fork! The best is yet to come!”
Dr. Casandra Butler
Another Kansas native, graduated from KU School of Medicine in 2007 and completed her internal medicine residency through KU School of Medicine/Wichita in 2010. She practices full time as a hospitalist in Andover and also serves as a Serenity team physician. With over 14 years of diverse experience, especially in Internal Medicine, Dr. Butler is well affiliated in the Wichita area. Dr. Butler grew up in Plains, KS and enjoys returning to Western Kansas from time to time, to help provide medical services.
She lives full time in Wichita, KS with her husband and two kids and their two Golden Doodles. She enjoys travel with friends and family, including adventurous activities such as scuba diving, hiking, and camping and she loves watching KU and WSU basketball.
Tyler Buser, MD
Serenity Hospice Team
Jerrod Bush, RN, MS, CHPCA is the Administrator of Serenity Hospice Care. Jerrod is a Registered Nurse and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator with many years of hospice experience. He supervises and supports the other members of the hospice team and is always available to patients and their families.
Hospice Nurse Case Manager
Hospice patients and their families are assigned a Registered Nurse case manager. The RN case manager collaborates with the patient, family, caregivers, interdisciplinary group (IDG) members and the physician to develop the patient plan of care (POC).
Hospice Medical Director
The Serenity Hospice Care Medical Directors attend all of the hospice team meetings, providing advice and direction for the team. They will work closely with the attending physician and RN case manager to ensure that your medical care is meeting your needs.
The attending physician continues to play an important role while you or your loved one are a patient with Serenity Hospice Care. The physician will be made aware of any changes in condition or needs. He or she will continue to prescribe medications and will be responsible for approving any changes in the plan of care.
Volunteering is rewarding on so many levels. Volunteers are the heart of hospice care, meeting patients in a “neighbor to neighbor” sort of approach. As a Serenity Hospice Care volunteer, you fill the gap between loved ones and professional caregivers, working with the clinical team, and assisting the patient. Volunteers provide important services to Serenity Hospice Care and those we serve. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fund-raising, of volunteers are an essential part of the important work that is provided by Serenity Hospice Care.
Hospice Nurse Practitioner
The Nurse Practitioner, working in collaboration with our Medical Director, may visit you to provide recommendations of your care to the hospice team.
Our non-denominational Chaplains are available to provide spiritual care. They are able to discuss issues such as fear, loss, forgiveness, anger, or spiritual questioning. They may also help with or arrange a visit by a local rabbi, priest, or minister.
Your Bereavement Counselor supports you and your family from the beginning of your hospice journey to thirteen months after the death. Phone calls, visits, mailings, and support groups provide comfort for your family and friends. Learn more about our bereavement services here.
Certified Home Health Aides
Our Home Health Aides are available to provide personal care, such as bathing.
Medical Social Workers
Our social workers are available to patients and caregivers to discuss the emotional challenges of serious illness. They may also assist with healthcare decisions, funeral planning, legal matters, or access to other community resources.
Let us take care of everything.
The word "hospice" was once used to describe a place of refuge for people on a difficult journey. Our excellent care and deep compassion for patients and families offer a place of comfort on the end-of-life journey. Recognizing that in hospice care the main guardians are the family caregiver and the hospice team, care is most often provided in the home setting or community setting, rather than in hospitals and hospice care facilities. The Serenity Hospice Care team will support the patient and family wherever they are to call home.
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