Sue Ranson has officially been working in hospice since she co-founded Good Samaritan Hospice in 1992. However, her passion for working with people at the end of life began when she worked as a nursing assistant in a hospital while in nursing school. Between that nursing assistant position and her current role at CEO of Good Sam, she worked as an RN in pediatrics, med-surgical nursing, and staff education and as a facilitator for several grief support groups. She has served as Chair of the Palliative Partnership of the Roanoke Valley since 2000 and has as a Board member and Chair of the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and her masters in nursing from the University of Virginia.
Of all the patients I have been privileged to care for in my 40+ years as a nurse, those who “spoke” to me” and whom I remember best, are those who were dying. From the elderly man on the med-surg floor, to the 3-year-old little girl with a brain tumor, these people taught me the most about living and dying. They are my heroes. I feel blessed that for the past 25 years my passion for excellent care at the end of life has been part of my professional work through Good Sam Hospice and other organizations devoted to seeing that what matters most to people at the end of life is fulfilled. Sojourn Center is “passion in action”! Not everyone can stay at home at the end of life, and our Sojourn Center vision to build a beautiful place for people who want and need this type of setting will help us better assure that we can meet the needs of our families and neighbors at the end of life.