The hospice care team develops a personalized care plan for each patient and coordinates of services for home and/or inpatient care.

We are more than a team of professionals to help you along your journey. We truly care about each person and his or her family. In fact, our team stays in touch with families for months after a loved one has passed.

Mary James, RN


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In loving memory of Our Founder

Mary James RN

June 1,1949 – February 22,2021

Rev. Mark Downs, MDiv

Senior Executive Director of the Spiritual Affairs Department

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Mark is a cancer survivor and had to confront his own issues of mortality, value, purpose, and life during that time. Mark fought cancer as a professional theologian and pastor of a church.  He found himself on a journey beyond the academic to listening to people in their own mortal journeys. He is inspired every day by people and their journey as they walk together discovering grace beyond limited imaginations. He says, “I believe God did not wake us up today to die or suffer, but that despite mortal suffering, our divine spirit is larger.”

“The road goes on forever and the party never ends”  Robert Earl Keen

Education:  Master of Divinity Columbia Theological Seminary; Bachelor of Arts, Westminster College

Memberships:  Presbytery of New Covenant, Presbyterian Church USA

Charlie Lane

Admission/Intake Coordinator

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With 20 years in hospice, Charlie is passionate about spreading education on hospice. Sometimes people think that hospice means immediate death, but sometimes a person on hospice has weeks, months or possibly longer to enjoy life and live it.

Jody James


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With 20 years in accounting, human resources, and office management, Jody finds that partnering with patients and families during their final stages of life is extremely rewarding. Hospice professionals are invited to participate in one of the most private times in a person’s life. Jody finds it a gift to help someone approach their final days with comfort, peace and dignity, and says, “it is a true honor to work in the hospice field.”

Alison Moseley Gregg, LMSW

Medical Social Worker

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Alison has 18 years of experience in social work with experience in adolescent counseling, teen parent education, post adoption counseling, adoption counseling, graduate student internship counseling, and hospice. 

Alison describes hospice as a labor of love. “It is an honor and a privilege to be invited into someone’s life and to share one of the most difficult and profound times in their lives. Each and every hospice worker learns something from everyone we meet. We are often thanked for what we give and do, but the thanks truly belongs to our patients and families. Their journey and story remains with us as we care for others. Caring for a terminally ill person is one of the most difficult things we will ever do – mentally and physically. But it is also a gift, as it is a daily reminder to be thankful for everything in life, good and bad, because it all has meaning.”

Mycahla Marino

Community Liaison

Mycahla holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing. She is a young and passionate believer in hospice, and educating about all of its benefits. Mycahla has developed her love for seniors, and in hospice specifically, because of her mother, Laura Labry. Mycahla’s mother has been a hospice nurse for over ten years. Mycahla prides herself on building and developing a network around her, so that she is able to reach a greater audience and share knowledge that will hopefully clear up the common myths about hospice. She finds it a great honor to be able to step in and help light a way for her patients and their families in a time of darkness. She believes that hospice provides comfort, dignity, and quality of life, and hopes to prove it to as many people as she can.

Mycahla has been working in hospice for 2 years and absolutely loves working for Essential Hospice. Essential is a family setting, and to be able to advocate for them is an honor, in her words,“ I truly believe in the work that we do, and the team behind me.”





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