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We Honor Veterans – Wilbert “Wib” Dale

“Just be nice to them, and they’ll be nice to you.”

Wise words for dealing with people and animals, from Wilbert “Wib” Dale, an attractive and thoughtful nonagenarian (92 years old) who Care Partners had the pleasure of honoring with a “Pinning Ceremony” for his service as a medic in the United States Army during World War II.

“Wib” (nicknamed by his father) grew up with four brothers and one sister on his family’s 250 acre cattle and hay ranch in Remer, Minnesota. Some of his favorite memories as a child were riding his horse “Mike” to school and church, and sharing an occasional “treat” with the family cats and dogs while milking the cows – directing the stream directly into their eager mouths.  Just over a year after graduating from high school, his 1944 Army induction noted his civilian experience, “Fed and cared for 45 head of cattle and 50 sheep, and drove horses four abreast to plow, drag and cultivate the crops.”  Wib “didn’t want to carry a gun” so chose to serve in the Medical Corps. He wasn’t told about the bombing of Hiroshima, yet found himself on a plane headed for Japan to serve as a medic at the Takeshima Rest Center in Gamagori, Japan. It was tough duty for him. He saw women and children suffering, and has painful memories from that time. “They are human beings.” Wib shared that he has some memory loss now, but lamented that he has some memories that he wish he could, but can never forget.

Wib served both Americans and Japanese while in Japan. His Army letter of appreciation for his service stated that Wib “rendered prompt and accurate diagnoses” and his “competence and quick action have not only relieved the suffering but possibly saved the lives of the individuals concerned.”

After serving his country, Wib lived in many places and served others in many different roles, including pastor, teacher, real estate broker and school principle. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D, but rarely told anyone about his advanced degree; “I didn’t want them to think I was going to leave because of my education.” His love for horses and other animals is carried on by his daughter Laura, who together with her husband Steve (a Vietnam Era Veteran who served on nuclear submarines) run a non-profit for rescue horses. Wib has recently moved into their home, where he is surrounded by rescue cats, dogs and horses, and also gets to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While Laura is proud of her Dad’s military service, she also talks about his other gifts, “He taught me how to do ‘spin brodies’ (donuts) in his 1966 Buick Wildcat.”

“The main thing is to stay in love with your family” says Wib with a big smile. While he was sad to have to give up driving at age 88, he is hoping to live to be 100, and attributes his longevity to his faith, being a vegetarian and his motto: “Live a long time, but don’t get old in the process.”

Job Opening: Hospice Nurse, RN, Evening Shift (2pm – 11pm) 4 days/week

Join Care Partners as a Hospice Nurse!

This position has been filled.


You are a highly motivated nurse who takes pride in providing excellent care to patients and family members. You enjoy working both independently and as a member of a cohesive team of dedicated interdisciplinary professionals. You enjoy the challenges of caring for the elderly and individuals living with serious illnesses. You like to empower, educate and support caregivers. You enjoy performing physical and psychosocial assessments, developing care plans, thinking on your feet, creating order out of chaos and solving problems creatively. Bringing comfort to others makes you happy. For you nursing is a calling, not a job. You want to work for an organization that is motivated by mission, that recognizes and values your engagement and voice, that believes that high performing nurses are a necessity not a luxury. You believe that death is not a medical experience, but a human one. Providing holistic, body-mind-spirit care is second nature for you.

We are one of Oregon’s oldest, community-based not-for-profit hospices. We value nurses. They are the back bone of our organization. We care for patients throughout the Portland metropolitan area in home and long-term care settings from 2 offices. A majority of our patients have a cancer diagnosis. We provide home-based palliative care through strategic partnerships with progressive health insurers. We are constantly innovating to make Care Partners the best place to give and receive care.  We have a calling to comfort. We mentor. We make every day the best day for our patients.  We invite you to check us out in person or on-line at

Hospice Nurse Position Responsibilities

The hospice nurse working the evening shift assists with patient admissions and other urgent care needs working with a team of triage nurses and case managers. Provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and coordination/care management across settings to patients in a private home, adult foster home, residential/assisted living care, and/or nursing facility. Maximizes the comfort and health of patients and families consistent with our philosophy, policies and procedures. Maintains up to date patient records so that problems, plans, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur in accordance with policies and procedures.

  • Requires current Registered Nurse (RN) State of Oregon license prior to first day of employment.
  • Prefer one- two years of nursing experience, preferably in hospice, palliative care, home health or medical surgical care.
  • Requires well developed critical thinking, patient assessment and problem solving skills.
  • Requires the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Requires strong verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with use of an electronic medical record
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes.
  • Basic Life Support CPR card for Health Care Provider. Valid card must be obtained prior to patient contact and within two weeks of hire.
  • Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing is helpful.
  • Must pass a background check and drug screen following a job offer.

To apply for this position please submit your resume along with a brief letter describing why you are interested in working with Care Partners to Director of People Services, Ciara Rogers, email:

Care Partners CEO Andy Kyler Interviewed on KUIK


Care Partners CEO Andy Kyler is interviewed for “The Business Voice” presented by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. He talks with Julie Ames, Vice President, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, about hospice, palliative care and the Care Partners difference. (This interview aired on KUIK Radio, “The Voice of Washington County” late December 2015.)

Care Partners’ Gillen named Hospice Nurse of Year

Judith Gillen named Oregon Hospice Dream Team Nurse of Year

gillan-awardSeptember 21, 2015 – Hillsboro, Oregon  – Judith Gillen, RN, a nurse with Care Partners Hospice was named the 2015 Oregon Hospice Dream Team Nurse of the Year by the Oregon Hospice Association at its recent Professional Practices Exchange Conference in Bend.

“I am overwhelmed. This is such a surprise and such an honor,” said Judith, who has had a long and varied nursing career that informs her daily practice in caring for diverse patients and families experiencing the crisis of advanced cancer and other serious illnesses at Care Partners.

“At Care Partners, I am just one of many professionals who deliver great care to our patients and families – and they inspire me every day to be the best I can be,” said Gillen.

Each year, the Oregon Hospice Association honors individuals who exemplify the best in quality hospice care by naming the Hospice Dream Team, which is made up of a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain/spiritual care provider, volunteer and a professional staff member.

Judith works the evening shift at Care Partners, a role that allows her to be involved in admitting patients and attending to families with the most urgent needs.

“A wise manager once said, ‘Your star employees are those who invite you to sigh deeply with relief when they come to work,’ remarked Andy Kyler, CEO of Care Partners. “At Care Partners we know that Judith is capable of effectively navigating troubled waters with the most complex clinical skills to create order out of chaos and to assist patients and families make successful transitions at end of life.”

For many years, Judith practiced as a nurse mid-wife assisting patients/families to make the transition to parenthood. An Oregon native, her adventurous life led her to work in the United Kingdom, Ecuador, and diverse locales across the continental U.S. Judith utilizes her fluent Spanish language skills to serve the Latino population and to mentor staff members in the care of our Spanish speaking families. As a member of the diversity committee at Care Partners, Judith has helped our organization enhance capabilities to serve immigrant communities of all types. While no longer a midwife to those entering the world, Judith serves as a compassionate, skilled midwife to the dying.

The Oregon Hospice Association (OHA) is a statewide public benefit organization helping to ensure Oregonians have access to high quality hospice and palliative care as they near the end of life.

Care Partners has been encircling patients and their families with exceptional hospice care for over 32 years. Formerly Hospice of Washington County, Care Partners has grown to serve the tri-county Portland area as a community based not-for-profit whose mission is to provide compassionate palliative, end-of-life care with focus and distinction to support the quality of life of the patients, families and community it serves.