Sunflower Pediatric Program Team

All members of Hospice & Community Care’s Sunflower team have specialized training in addressing the unique needs of children and teens living with serious illness. The team includes:

Sunflower Pediatric Program Team

Laura Burns, RN, Pediatric Coordinator

Education and Specialty:

Education: Registered Nurse, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Pediatric Experience: I have worked for a pediatric home health organization and a labor and delivery hospital.

Why Pediatrics? I choose to care for pediatrics because children have always held a special place in my heart. They are a very vulnerable population and need and deserve special care in all aspects of their life, especially when it comes to hospice care. I hope to bring peace and comfort to a family during such a delicate time.

Favorite Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out, stop you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

Tanya Burrell, LPN

Education and Specialty:

Pediatric Experience: I worked for a pediatric home health organization for seven years as an LPN. During this time, I worked independently on infant and pediatric trach/vent clients. I was a preceptor, which allowed me to train and orient new nurses to pediatric skills.

Why Pediatrics? As a team, we can assist families with having their child at home and enjoying the time they have instead of being in a hospital environment. We also work diligently to help families with making the time with their loved ones less stressful.

Favorite Quote: “To the world, you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world.” –Taylor Hanson

Ray Christman, Chaplain

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o Pastoral Master's degree (M.Div)
o Pastor for 14 years
o Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains
o Chaplain for five years

Pediatric Experience: The focus of my chaplain residency was on pediatric patients and in a 100-bed NICU at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

Why Pediatrics? I want to let children, parents and loved ones know that they are not alone in the journey and serve as a gentle reminder that each one is still loved despite the possible emotional and spiritual pain and suffering.

Amanda Diaz, RN Team Leader

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences
o Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)

Pediatric Experience: I worked in a level IV NICU for one year. I have been a NICU mom myself, having my twins there for seven weeks. As a mom of children who were born early, I have personally worked with pediatric outpatient and community resources that some of our patients are using.

Why Pediatrics? I remember what it was like to be scared and feel alone as a parent with ill children. If I can be a comfort and a guide to other parents how those NICU nurses were for me, it is worth it.

Erica Heisey, RN, Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center

Education and Specialty:

Education: BSN, Messiah College

Pediatric Experience: Four years in Pediatric Oncology at Hershey Medical Center

Favorite Quote: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

Ellen M. Liberto, LPN/Licensed Massage Therapist

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o LPN, Harrisburg Area Community College
o Massage Therapy, Lancaster School of Massage
o Certification in Pediatric Massage
o Certified Hospice and Palliative LPN

Pediatric Experience: I have been involved in providing massage therapy for pediatric patients since I have been at Hospice & Community Care. I believe that children should be treated with respect and dignity. As a nurse massage therapist the blending of nursing and massage helps to provide a safe treatment for children who benefit from therapeutic touch. I have training in a variety of techniques that can be incorporated to provide an individualized treatment that is comforting and relaxing. I also enjoy teaching family members how to give massages to their ill loved ones as I truly value the importance of touch as a means of connection.

Why Pediatrics: I did not have good experiences with the healthcare system when I was a child and feel because of those experiences, that I am able to help provide safe and compassionate support to both children and families. I have always enjoyed working with children of all ages, having spent time working in daycare settings and also a summer camp.

Juliet Mitton, Music Therapist

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o BA, Music, Millersville University
o MMT (Masters Music Therapy), Temple University

Pediatric Experience: I have been providing hospice care to pediatric patients for the last 15 years.

Why Pediatrics? I began the music therapy program when I started working at Hospice & Community Care. Working with pediatric patients and their families has always been something I have been drawn to, so I am excited to be a part of the Sunflower Pediatric team. Music therapy provides families with a way to be together, for siblings to feel a part of the visit when one of their siblings is ill. I have presented my work with pediatric patients at the regional music therapy conference.

Rebecca Moilanen, LPN, Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o Lancaster County Practical Nursing Program
o Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing
o Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing
o ELNEC Train the Trainer Pediatric Core
o Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN)

Pediatric Experience: Before working at Hospice & Community Care, I worked primarily in home care, and most of my experience has been in ‘high-tech’ pediatrics. I worked exclusively with the pediatric population for approximately 12 years and continue to be a resource for staff, families, and pediatric patients in the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center. I have three children of my own, all with their own medical needs.

Kristen Moyer, Physician

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o BS, Biology and Psychology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
o Master of Theological Studies, Duke Divinity School
o MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Medical Training:
o Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
o Internal Medicine Chief Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital (Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program)
o Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, The Ohio State University (Adult/Pediatric Track; completed in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

Pediatric Experience: Clinical Faculty, Advanced Illness Management (AIM) Team, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (2018-2020): Provided inpatient and outpatient consultative pediatric palliative care as well as clinical oversight for home-based pediatric palliative and hospice programs

Favorite Quote: “Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.” –Erik H. Erikson

Brief Bio: I grew up along the East coast and have loved every place I’ve had the opportunity to live – from Massachusetts, to North Carolina, to Connecticut; a brief stent in Ohio, and now Lancaster. Along the way, I’ve developed a love of exploring the local outdoors and cultural flavors of each place. My husband and I enjoy traveling and kayaking and hope to introduce our young daughters to these experiences.

Why Pediatrics? I love working with children and their families. Children are authentic, creative, expressive, resilient, and hopeful, and their families are unmatched in their ability to hope alongside them while providing powerful, generative, self-giving love. To be able to walk alongside children and their families in the most vulnerable times, witness and support their strengths, and attempt to lighten some of the burdens of serious illness, is one of the greatest honors of my lifetime.

Heather Shenk, Bereavement Counselor

Education and Specialty:

Education:
o Master of Social Work – Edinboro University
o Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication – Elizabethtown College
o Diploma of Practical Nursing – Lancaster County Career and Technology Center

Pediatric Experience: I have served as a bereavement counselor with Hospice & Community Care since 2018. I am part of the Coping Kids & Teens team which provides services to children, adolescents, and families facing the death or serious illness of a loved one, including individual and group supports and a weekend bereavement camp.

Other: Prior to Hospice & Community Care, I worked with individuals of all ages who were facing various social and health disparities within a local Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. I also coordinated a child and adolescent partial hospitalization program in York City and acted as clinical liaison for an area continuing care retirement community.

Favorite Quote: “Broken crayons still color.” – unknown

Lori Smyser, RN

Education and Specialty:

Experience: I was a Registered Nurse with Oncololgy and I am certified in nursing and hospice and palliative care.

Why Pediatrics? My love for taking care of the whole family as a unit is why I love taking care of all hospice patients but especially the pediatric population.

Favorite Quote: “Hospice isn't about adding days to your life. It's about adding life to your days.” No matter what age this doesn't change.

Kathy Worley, Pharmacist

Education and Specialty:

Education: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Pediatric Experience: I have experience with the use of medications in patients of all ages.

My Role: My role in the team is to share my knowledge of medications with the team, patients, and families to ensure that medications are used safely and effectively.