Sarah Baltensperger – Pathways to Compassion Hospice

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When Sarah Baltensperger worked for a healthcare company in Lincoln, she discovered that was where her true passion was and that she wanted to work more directly in the field.  When the position of Community Liaison opened up at Pathways to Compassion Hospice, she knew this was a perfect fit and embraced it.  Pathways to Compassion Hospice is affiliated with Compassionate Care Hospice, which was founded in 1993.  They are a community-based organization committed to providing the highest quality hospice care to patients, their families, and close friends.  They care for terminally ill patients with a wide range of illnesses including cancer, advanced cardiac disorders, advanced neurological disorders, AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Multiple Sclerosis and any end stage disease.  They are committed to quality of life, which enables patients to remain in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, with their loved ones.  We provide the special care and services that make that choice possible.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
At one point, knowing that I’ve wanted to make a positive difference in others’ lives, but finding the right career to do so.  I love what I do, and can feel the impact every day through our organization.

What has been your most important achievement professionally?
When I learned that dreams can come true, with hard work and determination.  I don’t think there is one achievement that defines who I am as a person, but a series of experiences.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have a wonderful husband, Rob, of 3 ½ years, and a beautiful son – Sam – who will be two in December!  I am extremely blessed.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Realizing that life isn’t about what you can do for yourself, but what you can do for others.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with my family and relax.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I used to work in Recruiting at the Nebraska Football Office.  I am honored to have been a part of bringing many Husker greats to Lincoln!

What are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of my wonderful family.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
‘Character is doing the right thing when no one is looking’, from my mom.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
My goal is to educate the community on hospice care, and to help families understand the true benefits that hospice offers.

How would your friends describe you?
Hardworking, outgoing, and approachable.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be more coordinated/athletic.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more present with my family–I’m working on it!

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Help

What is your favorite movie?
I have quite a few, but love The Blind Side, Tommy Boy, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

What is your favorite TV show?
Modern Family

What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant?
Las Margaritas

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Chris Farley – he always made me laugh!

What is the best way to contact you?
Call (402) 474-0020 or visit us online at http://www.cchnet.net/locations/nebraska.shtml