Mike and Patty Nicholas
Patty and I (Mike) have been married since 1982. Together we have raised two daughters and a son.
During that time I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from what is now Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. For over 15 years I worked in that field in positions ranging from reporting to the Controller of all of Koch Industries to me being the Controller of a smaller company. Some computer programming was done over the years as part of my accounting and project duties.
However, I was unfilled. I was not making a direct difference in peoples lives. I needed that - - - and I still do. I believe a person has to have that desire to be part of a hospice team.
People that want to make a difference in hospice patients'
lives will be ready for anything and be happy to do whatever they can at this critical time in our patients' lives.
As a result of this desire to make a difference, I applied to a local nursing school and was accepted. After graduation, I passed the toughest test of my life, the Registered Nurse (RN) exam, and have been an RN ever since. After working as an RN for a few years, I was recruited into a local hospice which turned out to be a perfect fit for me in every way.
I worked in that hospice for a time, and saw that by starting my own hospice I could have an even greater impact on patient and family lives.
Therefore, we founded and operated our first hospice. It grew to an average daily census (or # of patients under our care each day) of 60. That growth was achieved through only word-of-mouth referrals; so we must have been doing something right.
Patty helped put me through college working as a Nurse Aide in the local skilled nursing facility. After taking a few years off while our children were young, she went back to working as a Nurse Aide in a hospital. She worked at that position in the same hospital for over 14 years. She then became a unit clerk in a critical care unit of that hospital and was there for 6 years. As you can see from our 35 years of marriage and her 20 years at one facility she has been dedicated to whatever she does. She has the dedication it takes to provide the best possible care.
When she joined the first hospice it immediately benefited from her warm personality, "hospice heart", genuine care for the staff and those we serve, and for what we did. She quickly became the face, heart, and sole of our hospice while working tirelessly as the Office Manager.
Thank goodness my partner and best friend was also there with me for the second hospice we founded and operated. She was the heart of that hospice and will be that for Mother's Touch.