Welcoming new team members to Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care

Welcoming new team members to Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care

Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care recently welcomed three new members to its team. The new team members will add to the existing bereavement and spiritual support services offered to patients and family members. 

Joyce Wizda, LSW, MSW, : Allied Services Integrated Health System proudly announced Joyce Wizda, LSW, MSW as Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator for their Hospice program. Wizda holds a Master of Social Work from Marywood University. In her role, Joyce will provide support to current patients and families. She also provides bereavement support to family members for up to a year after a loss. She brings more than 35 years of hospice experience to her role at Allied Services. Prior to joining Allied Services, Wizda was a social worker for Hospice St. John. She lives in Peckville with her husband, Stephen, and their dog Ben, who is currently being trained as a therapy dog.

Gerlin Valencia, MDiv, ThM, PhD: Allied Services Integrated Health System proudly announced Gerlin Valencia, MDiv, ThM, PhD as the new Chaplain for their Hospice program. Valencia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bluefield College, as well as a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Theology in the Psychology of Religion and New Testament Language and Literature, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his role Gerlin will serve as a spiritual companion to patients and their families as they face the challenges of end-of-life care. Prior to joining Allied Services, Valencia was a Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. He lives in West Pittston with his wife, Lori.

Jamie Overholser, MAAllied Services Integrated Health System proudly announced Jamie Overholser, MA as the new Bereavement Coordinator and Spiritual Care Coordinator for their Hospice program. Overholser holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. In his role Jamie will provide support services and spiritual care to bereaved families and individuals after the passing of a loved one. He brings more than 30 years of hospice experience to his new role at Allied Services. Prior to joining Allied Services, Overholser was a Bereavement Coordinator for Heartland Hospice. He lives in Clarks Summit with his wife, Julie.​