ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - For most people, 78-years-old is an age to enjoy retirement but Rockford-based doctor Mike Werckle is taking on more by becoming majority owner and CEO of Hospice Care of America.
"I'd rather not have to go to the hospital. This is ideal," says Hospice patient Doris Nilsson.
Nilsson says that starting Hospice care has made life a lot easier for her and her daughter.
Nilsson adds, "You know, she's relieved from having to take care of me and my health issues."
Nilsson's daughter, Susan, does her laundry and shopping while Hospice personnel take care of the medical aspect and any other needs. In fact, Nilsson refers to her hospice team as friends. This is the goal of Werckle, who says there is more to hospice than just medical needs.
"Kindness and compassion are ageless and I believe I'm a kind and compassionate physician, and I want to show that to my patients and deliver that at the time they need it the most," says Werckle.
Werckle says he is passionate about helping other people. At 78-years-old, he says he does not plan on retiring anytime soon. In fact, he recently bought Hospice Care of America because he loves doing house calls.
"Hospice gives me the opportunity to take care of people that need it more than anyone and we provide all of that," says Werckle.
As for Nilsson, she's grateful for Doctor Werckle's team.
"People don't know that I'm sick, you know because I have these people helping me," says Nilsson.
Werckle says he went into medicine to be able to help others.