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About Unity

About Unity

The industry leader in end-of-life care since 1977

Unity is a 501c(3) nonprofit provider of comprehensive end-of-life care including hospice care, palliative care and grief support across 13 counties throughout Northeast Wisconsin. A true pioneer in end-of-life care, Unity has the distinction of opening the state’s first hospice care program in 1977, the state’s first palliative care program in 2002 and the area’s first hospice residence in 2007. Unity operates financially independent of partner owners—Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. In addition, it is a member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). In order to expedite caregiver response time, Unity operates four offices in Wisconsin including De Pere, Marinette, Shawano and Sturgeon Bay.

The industry leader in end-of-life care since 1977

Unity is a 501c(3) nonprofit provider of comprehensive end-of-life care including hospice care, palliative care and grief support across 13 counties throughout Northeast Wisconsin. A true pioneer in end-of-life care, Unity has the distinction of opening the state’s first hospice care program in 1977, the state’s first palliative care program in 2002 and the area’s first hospice residence in 2007. Unity operates financially independent of partner owners—Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. In addition, it is a member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). In order to expedite caregiver response time, Unity operates four offices in Wisconsin including De Pere, Marinette, Shawano and Sturgeon Bay.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

Mission

To bring the best end-of-life experience to our communities by delivering unwavering strength, compassion and support.

Vision

Vision

Everyone will embrace end-of-life care as a fundamental aspect of life’s journey and choose Unity as their partner for expert physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Core Values

Core Values:

Excellence: We continuously challenge ourselves and are intensely focused on exceeding all expectations.

Collaboration: We communicate openly and honestly with a focus of maximizing our shared knowledge to cooperatively achieve common goals.

Integrity: We consistently do what is right—not what is easiest or popular—even in the most challenging situations.

Compassion: We work from the heart to nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of each other and those we serve.

Accountability: We take personal and professional ownership of our performance.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission:

To bring the best end-of-life experience to our communities by delivering unwavering strength, compassion and support.

Vision:

Everyone will embrace end-of-life care as a fundamental aspect of life’s journey and choose Unity as their partner for expert physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Core Values:

Excellence: We continuously challenge ourselves and are intensely focused on exceeding all expectations.

Collaboration: We communicate openly and honestly with a focus of maximizing our shared knowledge to cooperatively achieve common goals.

Integrity: We consistently do what is right—not what is easiest or popular—even in the most challenging situations.

Compassion: We work from the heart to nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of each other and those we serve.

Accountability: We take personal and professional ownership of our performance.

Why Choose Unity?

Unity is the only locally owned and operated nonprofit hospice in the region. With over 40 years’ experience as an innovator in hospice and palliative care, we are here to deliver strength, compassion and support. We remain committed to reinvest our financial resources back into patient care to improve the wellbeing of those in our community.

Nonprofit

Nonprofit hospices have been shown to provide*:

  • wider ranges of services
  • higher staff to patient ratios
  • a more comprehensive grief support program
  • charity care

*Source: National Hospice Survey Results For-Profit Status, JAMA Internal Medicine, April 2014

Most Experienced

Unity, the first hospice in the state of Wisconsin and the third in the nation, has provided high quality, compassionate end-of-life care for over 40 years. Trust that our well established protocols and seasoned staff will exceed your expectations of care.

Local Partnerships

Unity is the sole provider of inpatient hospice at Bellin Green Bay Hospital, Bellin Oconto Hospital, HSHS St. Clare Hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Marinette Aurora Bay Area Medical Center and Door County Medical Center. We also partner with area nursing homes & assisted living facilities to ensure seamless care in all settings.

Rapid Response Time

Unity’s local care teams, coupled with our partnership with area pharmacies and agencies enable us to ensure prompt pain and symptom control as well emotional and spiritual support to patients and families.

Veteran Care

Our end-of-life experts are specially trained in recognizing and supporting the needs of Veterans while promoting dignity, appreciation and respect. Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program and other unique Veteran-centered services ensure a meaningful end-of-life journey.

Community Grief Support

Navigating through the grieving process after the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Unity’s grief programs support not only family and friends of Unity patients, but also all members of the community. Unity offers a broad offering of regional grief support groups including Generations, the area’s only support group for children and teens.

Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence

Unity’s Jack and Engrid Meng Residence provides an alternative care option for those seeking either around-the-clock skilled nursing care or temporary caregiver relief. Located on 34 acres in De Pere, Wisconsin, experience compassionate care in a private room.

Community Impact

Each year with a grateful heart, Unity reflects on the patients, families, and community members we have been privileged to serve. We recognize each journey as unique and special and find inspiration in their stories. We invite you to review our annual report and learn how we continue to enhance the lives of our friends and neighbors throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

View highlights from our most recent annual report

Our Leadership

Alisa Gerke

Executive Director

Katie Bischoff

Senior Director of Nursing Services

Jessica Grimm

Senior Director of Finance and Support Services

Christi Schlueter

Senior Director of Business Development, Quality and Psychosocial Services

David Schrier, MD

Medical Director

Executive Team

Tom Bayer
HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Divison

Doreen Kluth
HSHS EWD/Prevea

Jody Wilmet
Bellin Health

Management Committee

Functions as Unity’s Board of Directors
Tom Bayer
HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division

Brian Burnette, MD
Green Bay Oncology

Amy James, MD
Bellin Health

Doreen Kluth
HSHS EWD/Prevea

Sally Luehring
HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division

Paul Pritchard, MD
Prevea Health

Lois Van Abel
Bellin Health

Helen Wellens, APNP, NP
Bellin Health

Jody Wilmet
Bellin Health

Community Development Council

Functions as Unity’s Philanthropy Ambassadors
Jo Beno
Nicolet National Bank

Mike Blaney
Retired Funeral Director

Dee Geurts-Bengtson
St. Norbert College

Tom Mahoney
St. Francis Xavier & Saints Peter and Paul Church

Joe Schinkten
Director Emeritus, Ryan Funeral Home

Our Story

A true pioneer in end-of-life care, Unity has the distinction of having opened the state’s first hospice care program in 1977, the state’s first palliative care program in 2002 and the area’s first hospice residence in 2007.

Timeline

2017

Unity Resale Shoppe, LLC Opens

Unity opens the Unity Hospice Resale Shoppe, LLC, providing a meaningful and inviting place for the community to donate or purchase cherished household goods and clothing.

2007

Jack & Engrid Meng Hospice Residence Opens

Unity opens the Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence, the first end-of-life care facility in the community.

2006

Unity Breaks Ground on New Campus

Unity breaks ground on a new 34-acre campus in De Pere, Wisconsin, for its Hospice Residence, Administrative Office and planned Memorial Gardens.

2002

Unity Offers Palliative Care

Unity begins offering palliative care. It becomes the first hospice organization in Northeast Wisconsin to offer a free-standing palliative care program, providing holistic physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

1993

Unity Begins Offering Hospice & Bereavement Care

Unity, a partnership of Bellin Health, St. Mary’s and St. Vincent Hospitals, begins offering hospice and bereavement care to the community on March 1. A staff of 18, assisted by 85 volunteers, serves the daily needs of 30 patients in a 25-mile radius of Green Bay.

1990

Bellin Health & St. Mary’s Hospital Combine Efforts

Realizing that a hospital-based hospice cannot meet all community needs, representatives of Bellin Health, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital create a plan to combine efforts.

1977

Bellin Health Founds Bellin Hospice

Inspired by changing attitudes in London to alleviate human suffering, leaders from Bellin Health travel to England to learn from Dame Saunders’ experience. In June, Bellin Health founds Bellin Hospice, the first hospice in Wisconsin and one of the first hospices in the nation.

1974

First Hospice Established in Connecticut

The United States’ first hospice, Connecticut Hospice, is established in New Haven, Connecticut.

1967

Dame Cicely Saunders Founds St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England

Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005), a nurse, medical social worker and physician, recognizes the importance of her patients’ emotional and spiritual needs, as well as physical symptoms, and founds St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England. It is the first research and teaching hospice linked with patient care.

News Releases

View the latest announcements to learn more about organization news and community involvement.

David Schrier, MD Joins Unity Hospice As The New Medical Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 24, 2018 Media Contact: Eli Moua, Marketing Specialist (920) 338-1111 | emoua@unityhospice.org David Schrier, MD Joins ...
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Unity Resale Shoppe, LLC Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 29, 2017 Media Contact: Eli Moua, Marketing Specialist (920) 338-1111 | emoua@unityhospice.org Unity Resale Shoppe, LLC ...
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Unity Offers Fall Volunteer Orientations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 21, 2017 Media Contact: Eli Moua, Marketing Specialist (920) 338-1111 | emoua@unityhospice.org Unity Offers Fall Volunteer ...
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