Our care ambassadors are those employees who uphold Hospice of Southern Illinois’ standard for excellent hospice care and service by going above and beyond for patients, families, team members, or the community.
Lori Schobert and Amanda Cunningham
Lori Schobert, Receptionist/Medical Records, joined us a year ago. Lori joined the Hospice of Southern Illinois’ team after “watching and admiring for many, many years how my (now) co-workers were so caring, friendly, responsive and wonderful when they are out in the field. I decided if there was a job that came up at Hospice of Southern Illinois, that I was able to do, I would go after it. This organization represents and does so much for the people and communities that we serve. I wanted to be part of it.” Lori is one of the voices of Hospice of Southern Illinois. You can count on her friendly and professional voice to assist your needs. She makes sure our patients and families get to the correct nurse, social worker or other healthcare professional to get their questions or needs met. Lori also helps caregivers communicate with our team to ensure the highest quality of care. She adds: helping patients and families is one of the favorite parts of her job. She also loves her co-workers that she works beside and supports each day!
Lori is a true asset to us. Among all her great qualities, her positive attitude, willingness to help others and work ethic stand out beyond the rest. Lori values being a positive energy in the office. She works hard to support the whole team, which can be extremely important in the always-changing healthcare field and, specifically, in hospice care. “It is hard to leave what you already know or have known for years. However, when you take the step to work at Hospice of Southern Illinois, you will be working with the BEST caregivers I have ever seen, from the administration to nursing or anyone else who has the pleasure of having a career at Hospice of Southern Illinois.” Lori, it’s our pleasure to have you as an employee. Thank you for all you do!
Outside of the office you can find Lori doing lots of outdoor activities. Some of her favorite hiking spots include Pere Marquette & Garden of the Gods. She also enjoys area lakes and walking the track at Moody Park at Longacre, watching the geese and ducks. Anything that keeps her active, involved in the community, and talking to people will keep her happy.
Amanda Cunningham, Registered Nurse, started working for Hospice of Southern Illinois in 2014. Since her start, she has become a wonderful caregiver for our patients and with her warm heart, support to many families. “I wasn’t sure if hospice would be “my thing,” but I wanted to find a career I could be passionate about and, hopefully, make a difference in people’s lives. Shortly after starting with Hospice of Southern Illinois, I realized it is the most gratifying job I have ever had. I am honored that patients and families allow me to be a part of some of the most private moments during their end-of-life journey.” She has found her hospice heart and that reflects in her care, getting to know those she cares for and their specific needs.
Amanda loves being able to take the time and provide the special type of care that a hospice patient needs and deserves. Her hospice heart reflects that. She takes pride in helping patients achieve the best quality of life for as long as they are with us. She adds, “When the time comes, I am just as grateful to be able to help give our patient comfort and the ability to die with dignity.”
When Amanda isn’t caring for patients, she enjoys time with her family at home, hanging out with her cat, 3 dogs and chickens. She also loves local music and art festivals, parks, waterfalls, swimming and hiking. Her favorite quote, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did for them. But people will never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou, represents how she cares and supports Hospice of Southern Illinois’ patients and families when she is working. We know being a hospice nurse is “Amanda’s thing” as she shares her hospice heart with grace and compassion, day in and day out. She is an asset to the team and we appreciate her service to those lives that she touches.