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Dr. Kate Hospice honors social worker with "High Five Service of Excellence" awardSubmitted: 03/16/2018
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
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Dr. Kate Hospice honors social worker with
ARBOR VITAE - Hospice workers help people in their finals days. 

It's a hard job that sometimes goes unnoticed.

That's why co-workers and community members took the time Friday to honor one social work at Dr. Kate Hospice in Arbor Vitae.


Brie Hoban was given Ascension's "High Five Service of Excellence" award Friday. 

The award was a complete surprise to Hoban.

"I'm very surprised by it, humbled, very appreciative," said Hoban. 

Hoban was nominated by three of her co-workers for her work both in the office and with patients. 

"I've been able to work with Brie for over a year. She's just an amazing presence for our team. She's always able to step outside of a box and kind of meet those things that are on bucket lists that the patient might have before they finish the end of their life," said Clinical manager Chris Reed-Roeser. She was one of the people to nominate Hoban. 

One of Hoban's patients had ALS and could only speak through a computer. 

Hoban was able to find a video of the man speaking before he lost his voice. At the request of her patient, Hoban gave it to the man's wife as a Christmas gift after he passed away. 

Hoban said it's moments like that that keep her going. 

"When we get hospice patients, they have spent however long fighting," said Hoban. "By the time we get them, we get to bring them peace and end of life comfort and care so that they can have quality of life so I guess that's what keeps me going."

High Five award recipients have to meet certain criteria.

This includes "exceptional interpersonal skills" and listening "not only with ears but also with heart."


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