Who is Agave?

The team at Agave is comprised of a fantastic group of compassionate, caring, and talented folks who share a deep dedication to providing the best care and resources we possibly can to our patients, their families, and all involved in the Hospice & Palliative care processes.

Our Team

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Amy Hawkins

Executive Director

Amy Hawkins

Executive Director

Amy Hawkins is a Registered Nurse who has been taking care of hospice patients and serving the
Maricopa County and its communities for over 20 years. Amy has worked with several of Arizona’s largest and smallest hospice organizations, growing and developing staff to provide compassionate care to patients and their family members.

Amy leads with kindness and respect for her team. Always looking to grow and develop both herself and the team. She brings years of experience and knowledge of hospice care that she freely shares with her employees and the community.

Amy desires to bring a sense of joy to her patients and team members. Caring for people at end of life is
difficult and it is always sad to lose a loved one, but there is joy in honoring the lives of our families and friends.

In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her family, water skiing, resting on the lake, weight
lifting and supporting her church.

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Dr. Greg Alestante

M.D.

Dr. Greg Alestante

M.D.

Coming Soon!

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Kristen Reiter

Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Reiter

Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Reiter is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and holds a national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Norther Arizona University in 2013 where she graduated with honors. Kristen enjoyed over seven rewarding years at the bedside in various specialties including a cardiac unit, hospice, and emergency room nursing. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University where she focused on the health care needs of rural communities.
Kristen brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a relaxing sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and their family members. She believes in a holistic approach to health care that centers around the individual. Kristen is a nurse practitioner who genuinely cares about her patients and has the patience to explain all aspects of treatments and answer questions and concerns. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two growing daughters and two energetic Carin terriers.

Experts United By A Mission: The Hospice Team

Hospice patients and their families may require many different types of support, and needs may change suddenly. We are organized to respond with an interdisciplinary team of hospice experts. Most are professionals; others are trained volunteers; all share a commitment to our promise of comfort. The team's first step is to assist the patient and family in the creation of an individual plan of care that details how a patient will be served. Input from the patient and his or her circle of support ensures that this document centers on their wishes and priorities.

Physicians

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Physicians

Your personal physician and hospice physician will work together to meet your general medical needs for pain and symptom management to oversee your care as needed.

Counselors

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Counselors

Counseling services are provided as needed for you and your family.

Therapists

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Therapists

Licensed therapists provide assistance to help you achieve specific goals, such as; physical, occupational and speech therapy. Your physician will order therapy for you if appropriate.

Nurses

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Nurses

Registered Nurses (RNs) manage and coordinate the care and services that your physician orders for you. They also provide education and training on end-of-life care.

Chaplain

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Spiritual Counsel

A spiritual counselor can coordinate support between you and your community clergy, as well as assist and support you with any spiritual needs.

Volunteers

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Volunteers

Volunteers are available to assist and support you and your family, to offer companionship, socialization and emotional support, and to provide short periods of caregiver relief.

Case Worker

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Social Workers

Offer assistance with social and financial issues relating to your medical condition, as well as info and guidance on advance directives and community resources.

Hospice Aides

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Hospice Aides

Hospice aides provide personal care such as dressing, bathing and grooming, as well as transfers under the supervision of a nurse.

Pharmacists

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Pharmacists

Hospice-trained pharmacists provide personalized medication management to maximize symptom relief and prevent side effects.

Our Services

Hospice care is designed to be palliative - meaning that it's primary focus is to alleviate pain and relieve symptoms. Our Hospice experts strive to keep patients comfortable and to help them and their circle of support make the most out of the time that is left.

Pain & Symptom Management

Provided in a patient's residence, which may be a private home or facility.

Emotional & Spiritual Support

Short-term acute care delivered in a hospital, inpatient unit, or facility.

Pain & Symptom Management

Our most important responsibility is to help patients feel as comfortable and alert as possible during their remaining days. Their needs and wishes are our guide in everything we do. Hospice nurses and physicians are up-to-date on the latest pain and symptom management options and know the best ways to administer them.

Support When You Need It

A hospice nurse is always available at the number listed on our contacts page or provided to you by your nurse. Day or night, rain or shine, we are always available for you.

When should I call?

  • A problem arises that you need assitance with.
  • A change in the patients condition or situation.
  • Questions about medication, supplies, or equipment.
  • Anytime you feel the need for additional support or have questions or concerns to raise about the care of your loved one.

Easing the Grieving Process: Bereavement Services

Everyone experiences the loss of a loved one differently. We respect these differences and offer many kinds of support, from individual counseling to group programs. Grieving is a process that can take time and effort, and we never attempt to rush that process. Caregivers and family members are eligible to receive help for a year or more after the death of a loved one.

Ready to continue?

If you feel Hospice and / or Palliative care is the right solution for you and your family, then we are here to help you take your first steps! Click below to either learn more about what Agave can specifically do for you, or contact us today so we can start giving you the time you need with the ones you love.

Who is Agave?

Learn about what the Agave family and our team of caring experts can do for you and your loved ones during your time with Hospice.

Who is Agave?

Learn about what the Agave family and our team of caring experts can do for you and your loved ones during your time with Hospice.