DHCS for Hospice
Terry Delavan was born and raised in Wausau, then spent her adult life as an Army Nurse and a military spouse. After 29 moves, including 12 states and 4 foreign countries, Terry is back in Wausau to help care for her aging parents. She was involved with the foundational steps to set up the Hospice program, and is now the Director of Health Care Services.
Terry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has held a multitude of positions in the nursing field, from Neonatal nursing, Maternal and Infant, school health, college health services, to refugee clinics.
Terry joined Interim as a Home Care nurse in 2009, and moved to the Hospice program in 2012.
Why you are passionate about what you do?
“Being with someone on their end-of-life journey is such a privilege! When people say they couldn’t do this work because it must be so sad, I always tell them that knowing each patient is such a joy. They each take a little piece of my heart with them, but I am so enriched by their lives and experiences that I wouldn’t be doing anything else at this time in my life! We aren’t the largest hospice in our local area, but I like to say that we are the little hospice with a big heart! We tailor our care to the needs of each patient and family, and are able to be more flexible than our larger area agencies.”