Our Team

The Hospice Team

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras provides services under a plan of care developed by a team of caring professionals and volunteers in conjunction with the desires of the patient and his or her caregiver, and approved by the patient’s physician.
In addition to working collaboratively to provide seamless care, our various team members provide the following core functions:

Nurses – Coordinate the individualized care plan and provide treatment to help manage pain and symptoms.

Medical Director – A doctor who assists in symptom management and is available to consult with the attending physician or other Hospice staff.

Social workers – Provide emotional support and counseling to patients and family members and participate in family conferences. They make referrals to community resources and assist with practical, legal and financial matters.

Home health aides – Assist with personal care including bathing and light housekeeping services.

Chaplain – Assists in identifying spiritual concerns, providing personal support and making referrals to the community of faith.

Volunteers – Trained compassionate volunteers provide companionship, transportation and emotional support, and communicate patient and family needs to hospice staff.

Grief support staff – Supports the family throughout the first year after the death and offers grief education and support.


Executive Director
Samantha Lukow, M.H.A.

Director of Patient Care Services
Lila Thullen, R.N.

Medical Director
Donald Van Fossan, M.D.

    Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Esteemed Board of Directors:

    • Denise Langley, Board President
    • Julie Kay Eckardt-Cantrall, Vice President
    • Sonia Aramburo, Secretary
    • Neil Starr
    • Rod Burton, III
    • Louisa Almeda
    • Dan Fields, M.D.
    • Peggy Scott
    • Joey Ouilhon