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CORVALLIS — Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care announced Shannon Winterton as director of nursing and welcomed five new members to the nursing team — Jenny Larkin, Chris Miller, Susan Sparks, Susan Triggs and Barbara West.

“Nurses are the heart of hospice, and we are thrilled to welcome such talented and passionate nurses to the Lumina family,” Executive Director Elizabeth French said through a press release. “Under Shannon’s leadership, our growing team can better serve the end-of-life needs of our community.”

Lumina said the expansion allows the organization to return to its practice of admitting patients within 24 to 48 hours of referral.

“This is great news for our community,” said Helen Kao, Lumina’s medical director of clinical innovations who has been advocating at the state level for policies to increase nurse education and workforce, and an equitable distribution of nurses throughout the state.

“The benefits of hospice care are tremendous,” Kao added, “not only for the patient who is dying, but family members, loved ones and the entire community.”

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