Star City Six: Lisa Pham
Strongly committed to the dignity and worth of each individual human being, Hospice Community Care of Nebraska seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families who are facing a life limiting illness. Lisa Pham, RN is the Executive Director of Hospice Community Care of Nebraska (www.hospicecarenebraska.com).
Tell us a little bit about your role with the company. – I am responsible for ensuring that the company stays consistent with the mission, vision and philosophy of care and assuring that all local, state, and federal regulatory standards are met; maximizing resources and coordinating employees in a unified organization; policy/procedure and regulatory compliance; promoting communication among staff, management and related organizations.
How did you get started in the business? – I began nursing in 1997 and obtained my oncology certification in 2007. My belief is constant education helps to develop confident, compassionate caregivers. I worked for Bryan Health, Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center and for the last three years as a hospice case manager with Hospice Community Care until accepting the position as Executive Director in 2014.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Time management, including work/family balance. I’m sure every working mom has that challenge! I look forward to the moments spent with my family and friends.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I’m incredibly honored to have been given the opportunity to serve in my current position at Hospice Community Care of Nebraska. I am so lucky to work with such wonderful people who truly exemplify the heart of hospice care.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have two children, ages 19 and 16. I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, traveling, cooking, and just relaxing at home.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – My sister’s death in 1998 led me to pursue a higher nursing education and inspired me to live life fully. I count every moment as precious with my family and feel this adds to the care and compassion we give to families entering hospice care.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I worked in a meat packing plant prior to becoming a nurse! I learned a lot about my ability to endure physically challenging work and how to work well on a team to achieve a goal.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Don’t look back with regret, only forward with knowledge.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Kind.
Which talent would you most like to have? – Musical ability!
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Teaching.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – The Lincoln East High School Music Department. Our family has been fortunate enough to see our two boys thrive in the orchestra and participate in fundraisers to help the music department continue to provide this important work. Music brings people together and brings out the best in us.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Pride and Prejudice.
What is your favorite movie? – Braveheart.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Tandoor Indian Cuisine.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Eleanor Roosevelt.