St. Luke's Hospice Celebrates 30 Years of Service


Compassionate, Trained Professionals at
St. Luke's Hospice

Love and care is our mission

Hospice patients are cared for by a team of highly trained professionals. Hospice team members see love and caring as key parts of their mission.

The hospice team includes...

  • Medical director 
  • Registered nurses  
  • Therapists
  • Home health aides
  • Medical social workers
  • Volunteers
  • Chaplains 
  • Your own physician

Most of our nurses and many of the other health care professionals on the team have special training or certification in hospice and palliative care.

Featured Staff

Dr. Ric Baxter

Ric A. Baxter, MD, FAAHPM

Chairman, Department of Pain Medicine/ Palliative Care, St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem
Medical Director, St. Luke's Hospice
Program Director, Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship, St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency Program, St. Luke's University Health Network

  • Completed residency in family medicine at The Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Trained in Mind/Body Medicine at Mind/Body Institute, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Completed Acupuncture for Physicians at The Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco, California
  • Board certifications include:
     - Diplomat of the American Board of Family Physicians
     - Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

More about Dr. Baxter

Joanne Calabrese, DO

  • Physician Designee for St. Luke's Hospice Carbon office
  • Earned undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Earned medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Completed traditional internship at Suburban General Hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Completed the Family Practice Residency program at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in southeastern, Pennsylvania
  • Completed the Internal Medicine Residency program at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Received master's of bioethics degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a particular interesting community and professional education on topics dealing with end of life care.
  • Board certified in internal medicine
  • Her private practice is St. Luke's Internal Medicine – Tamaqua, an office-based internal medicine practice with emphasis on preventative care and disease management.

More about Dr. Calabrese

Linda Moller, RNC, MSN, CHPCA

Director of Hospice

  • Graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from DeSales University
  • Master's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix
  • 21 years of leadership and management experience
  • Developed a perinatal bereavement program and facilitated a support group working with parents and families affected by perinatal loss
  • Winner of St Luke's 2007 Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership; award nomination in 2008
  • Formerly the Patient Care Manager for Bethlehem home Hospice team and Inpatient Hospice House
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator

Rev. Anne Huey, MDiv, MSHS, BCC

Spiritual and Bereavement Care Manager, St. Luke's Hospice

  • Earned Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Master of Science in End-Of-Life Care from The George Washington University
  • Board certified as a chaplain since 1989
  • Experience includes over two decades of working with hospice and end-of-life programs and more than 30 years in the ministry 
  • Currently supervises the spiritual and bereavement care programs and provides end-of-life education
Judy Putnam

Judy Putnam RN, BSN, CHPN

Patient Care Manager St. Luke's Hospice House

  • A graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing
  • Received Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Cedar Crest College
  • Certified as Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse
  • Member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; and Hospice Quality Council
  • Hospice Experience as a Case Manager, Clinical Coordinator and Weekend Hospice Manager
  • Recipient of the St. Luke’s University Health Network Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership in Nursing
  • Received St. Luke’s PCRAFT Award – based on the values of Pride, Caring, Respect, Accountability, Flexibility and Teamwork

Mary O'Donnell-Miller RN, BSN, CHPN

Patient Care Manager, St. Luke's Hospice- Bethlehem Office

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Gwyenned Mercy College
  • Certified in Hospice Palliative Care since 1998
  • Member of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Oncology Nursing Society, VNA Patient Education Committee, St. Luke's Network Strategic Planning Task Force.
  • Experience includes 15 years in Hospice Nursing as Case Manager, Liaison, and Manager
  • Received the Nursing Excellence Award for Definition of Nursing in 2006

William Holland, RN, CHPN

Manager, St. Luke's Hospice - Carbon County (Lehighton)

  • Employed at Bethlehem Steel for 23 years
  • Volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association
  • Previous experience in Behavioral Medicine
  • Graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing
  • Member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association and VNA Hospice Quality Council
  • Certified in Hospice & Palliative Care Nursing
  • Served as the Palliative Care RN for the VNA
  • Experience in hospice includes Case Manager, Clinical Coordinator and Interim Patient Care Manager
  • Recipient of St. Luke's PCRAFT Award