About Comforting Hands Hospice
Our facility is the only locally-owned and operated hospice in the Bartlesville, OK, area. As such, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our services are delivered in the patient’s home or nursing home. We strive to provide individualized, personalized, palliative care to every patient and support, empathy, and compassion to every family.
Our staff is involved in the Greater Bartlesville community through participation in numerous public events throughout the year — Blue Christmas, food pantries, meal sharing, agency fundraisers, etc. Making a difference in our communities.
Our Interdisciplinary Team
Our Hospice Team develops each patient’s individualized care plan. This team consists of:
The Patient and Their Family
The Patient’s Physician
Our Executive Director, Sam Hill
Certified Home Health Aides
Chaplin and Bereavement Coordinator, Pastor Jsue Wagner
Medical Social Worker
Volunteer Coordinator, Nick Perry
Patient Care Coordinator, Lyndee Taylor, BSN, RN
Community Education Liaison, Whitney Swanson
A Higher Level of Care
Comforting Hands Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission. This accreditation is designed to recognize exceptional patient and family-centered care for patients with serious illnesses and their families. The Joint Commission standards focus on state-of-the-art performance improvement strategies that help health care organizations continuously improve the safety and quality of care, which can reduce the risk of error or low-quality care. We are proud to carry this accreditation. Our facility is also a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, devoted to maintaining quality care for persons facing the end of life and their families.
Sam Hill, Executive Director/President
Sam Hill is a Bartlesville native and has resided in Bartlesville his entire life. Sam has been the Executive Director of Comforting Hands Hospice since its inception in 2007.
Sam attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Northeastern State University.
Sam is married to Tama who is an administrative assistant and minutes clerk at Tri-County Technology Center. They have one son, Sam Hill II, or “Little Sam.” Much of their free time is spent watching Little Sam play sports.
Sam is a member of the Daybreak Rotary Club, the local Ducks Unlimited Committee, and Grace Community Church. Sam enjoys being with his family, hunting, fishing, golfing, and most outdoor sports.
Lyndee Taylor, BSN, RN/Patient Care Coordinator
Lyndee is originally from southwest Kansas and moved to Bartlesville, OK, in 1991. She has over 33 years of nursing experience, primarily in family practice, acute care, and hospice. Lyndee has worked with Comforting Hands Hospice since 2007.
Lyndee is a graduate of Rogers State University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing through the University of South Alabama.
Her husband, David, is a Bartlesville Professional Firefighter and together they have five children and three grandchildren. Lyndee enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Jsue (“Sue”) Wagner, Chaplain
Ms Wagner is an ordained minister and a graduate of Indiana University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has lived in the Bartlesville area since 2013.
Ms. Wagner’s areas of knowledge encompass various religious traditions, psychological consesling and spiritual growth, and pastoral leadership and support. This diverse background well equips her to serve the diverse spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families, in addition to supplying bereavement care.
For 13 ½ years prior to moving to Oklahoma, Ms. Wagner managed in-home care for her late husband and mother. It was during this period that she felt the call to hospice chaplaincy. She knows first-hand the difficult road at end-of-life but also is able to point out the abundant blessings that are available.
Chaplain Wagner is an active member of First Christian Church, Nowata, where she is a Diaconate as well as a member of Fellowship and worship committees. In her free time, she reads and writes Haiku, medications, and devotionals. She is a participating member of the online St. Anna Monastic Community. Pulpit supply, weddings, and funerals round-out a service-driven life.
Whitney Swanson, Community Liaison
Whitney has lived in Oklahoma her entire life, and she has worked in diverse areas of healthcare since 2014.
Whitney graduated with honors from Coffeyville Community College in 2011, and in 2012 she was first introduced to hospice when her grandmother needed end-of-life care. That’s when she realized the many services hospice could provide to patients and families during a difficult time.
As Community Liaison, Whitney is giving back to the community by helping people better understand hospice and what it provides for patients and their families. She frequently volunteers as a representative for Comforting Hands Hospice at community events and is in demand at local assisted living and long-term care facilities when extra help is needed for activities and special events.
In her downtime, Whitney can be found on the back of a horse, enjoying the outdoors. She participates in competitive barrel racing and loves time with her family — the also compete in the rodeo!
Nick Perry, Volunteer Coordinator
Nick was born here in Bartlesville and grew up in Oglesby, attending high school at Caney Valley, and furthering his education through online classes.
Nick is has always had a passion for Volunteer work and has done so much for the community by volunteering with the American Cancer Society, Hopestone Cancer Support, the American Heart Association, and several other nonprofit organizations.
Nick is married, he and his spouse live in Nowata Oklahoma and they enjoy spending time with their families and traveling. Nick has a passion for cooking and baking and one day in the future hopes to write a cookbook.