Carol Berra, RN Coordinator for Advance Care Planning
Bio: Berra is an experienced RN in Gundersen’s palliative care department. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides care for patients with advanced disease in the clinic setting, while also supporting two healthcare providers. In her role as Next StepsÂ® Advance Care Planning (ACP) coordinator and trained facilitator, she facilitates discussions with patients about the progression of their illness and related healthcare decisions, such as life-sustaining treatments. Berra started her position in palliative care in June 2008 but has been an employee of Gundersen for 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.
Michael J. Dolan, MD, FACP Medical Vice President
Bio: A practicing internal medicine physician, Dr. Dolan partners in managing audiology, dental, emergency medicine, rehabilitation therapies, anesthesia, otolaryngology, neurosciences, orthopedics, surgery, urology, plastic surgery, ICU, inpatient medical surgery, occupational services, sports medicine, pain medicine, and podiatry. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, he completed his internal medicine residency with the Gundersen Lutheran Graduate Medical Education Program.
Bernard Hammes, PhD Director of Medical Humanities
Bio: Dr. Hammes provides educational programs for house staff, medical students, nursing students, and physician assistant students, as well as in-services and workshops for the medical staff, nursing staff, social workers, and pastoral care department. He also chairs the Institutional Review Board and Ethics Committee. Dr. Hammes developed two nationally recognized programs on advance care planning, If I Only Knew... and Respecting Choices, and edited the book Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most. He holds a bachelor of arts and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Jeffrey Thompson, MD CEO and Chairman of the Boards
Bio: Dr. Thompson is also chairman of the boards of Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and a practicing pediatric intensivist and neonatologist. He previously was chairman of the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and is chairman of the board of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as their subsections in Neonatal and Critical Care Medicine, and is a member of American College of Physician Executives.
Jackie L. Yaeger, MD Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director of Hospice
Bio: As a palliative care physician and the hospice medical director at Gundersen, Dr. Yaeger assists families with decision-making. Her experience with a wide variety of disease processes, combined with a passion for excellent communication, allows her to meet the needs of patients and families as they navigate through what can be a difficult but also meaningful and memorable time. Dr. Yaeger received her medical degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and completed a family practice residency at Wausau (Wis.) Family Practice. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice as well as in hospice and palliative medicine.