Hospice Team

The Hospice Team Every patient and his or her family are provided their very own hospice team. They consists of:


Dr. Larry Skendzel, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Skendzel completed his undergraduate studies at University of Notre Dame in 1986. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1990 and completed his residency at Marquette General Hospital in 1993. Dr. Skendzel is also the Medical Director for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Academy of Geriatrics. Dr. Skendzel says that hospice care chose him. He believes that the challenge of working with a team to improve quality of life never ends.

Dr. Stuart Johnson, DO
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Johnson attended Northern Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1994. He earned his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in 2000. He completed his residency at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003. Dr. Johnson has been a primary physician for patients receiving hospice care since 2002 and joined LSH in 2010. He also works for the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program where he has been the Program Director since 2011 and before that he was the program's Osteopathic Director. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. As a family physician, some of Dr. Johnson's most rewarding experiences have been at the polar ends of life. Dr. Johnson sees the end of life interactions important for patients, their families, the community, and is where he values spending his time as a physician.

Dr. Jennifer Dehlin, MD
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Dehlin is originally from Houghton, MI where she attended Michigan Technological University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Bio-Medical Engineering. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and moved to Marquette in 2005 with her husband Christopher. Dr. Dehlin participated in the Family Medicine Residency Program through Marquette General Hospital where she currently practices Family Medicine, including obstetrics and geriatrics, at Marquette General Family Medicine - Lakewood in Harvey. When it comes to Hospice care, Dr. Dehlin believes in the multidisciplinary team approach to care and the focus on helping patients feel well and providing support to the whole family.


Sue Kitti
Chief Executive Officer
Susie Lefler
Office Assistant
Kymber Beltrame
Volunteer Coordinator & Human Resources Assistant

Clinical Team

Lynn Johnson, RN
Compliance Officer
Carol Blashill, RN
Clinical Supervisor
Lisa Johnson, RN
Clinical Supervisor
Becky Shauver, RN BSN OCN CHPN
Education Specialist
Christy Maki, RN, CHPN
Julie Higbie, PhD, RN, CNE
Louise Wilcox, RN
Nichol Hewitt, RN
Samantha Thocker, RN
Eileen Smit, RN
Nurse Practitioner
Joanne Gwinn, RN

Social Work Team

Deb McDonnell, LMSW
Social Worker
Martha Smith-Process
Social Worker

Spiritual Care Team

Chuck Tooman
Barb Tooman
Michele Napier
Bereavement Coordinator & Chaplain

Home Health Aides

Debra Beyer, CHPNA
Home Health Aide
Carley Leanes, CHPNA
Home Health Aide
Brenda Argall
Home Health Aide
Erica Hattis
Home Health Aide
Emily Carefoot
Home Health Aide
Cassie Ploof
Home Health Aide

Palliative Care

Nina VandenEnde
Community Care Nurse Practitioner