Carla Thompson has been named the new director at Hospice of Siouxland. She succeeds Linda Todd, who is retiring at the end of 2015 following more than three decades in the position.
A Siouxland native, Thompson has worked in the field of hospice care, palliative care and home care for 15 years, including 10 years in hospice management. She is a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA), Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN), and a registered nurse with her Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in nursing.
“With experience in all levels of hospice care and a career focused on improving that care for patients and families, Carla is the perfect addition to our amazing Hospice of Siouxland team,” said Karen Van De Steeg, Executive Director of Health Inc., which oversees Hospice of Siouxland’s operations. “We look forward to adding her experience and compassion to our hospice and palliative care services as well as to the grief support we offer to area residents and their loved ones.”
“I am excited to work with Hospice of Siouxland’s dedicated staff and caring volunteers to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families throughout the Siouxland region,” said Thompson. “Preserving the dignity of our patients and honoring their wishes are key to fulfilling our mission to provide high quality and compassionate service to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for individuals and their families facing advanced illness, end of life and grief.”
As director of Hospice of Siouxland, Thompson will lead a dedicated team of nearly 100 employees and more than 250 volunteers who provide hospice, palliative care and grief services to individuals and families throughout a 60-mile, 13-county radius of Sioux City.
Thompson was born in Sioux City and grew up in Northwest Iowa, graduating from Spirit Lake High School. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of California-San Bernadino.
Hospice of Siouxland has been serving Siouxland for over 30 years, and is a non-profit organization locally owned by UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City.