Home Health and Certified Nursing Assistants

Marsha Pereria, CNA came to the program as a nursing assistant and home health aide in 2007. She has worked in many different areas of the medical field over the 20 years that she has been a CNA, including serving as a volunteer with the ambulance crew. A private wildland fire fighting company and managing a ranch are also in her job experience portfolio.

Marsha grew up and was home-schooled in Dayville and then attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. She now lives in John Day with her husband, Steve and one daughter. She likes gardening, working on the ranch, camping and hunting.

Helping others and being involved in the medical field have always been enjoyable to Marsha. In addition to the family attitude and closeness of hospice, she likes "being there when someone needs a friend the most."

Krista Harper, CNA began working at Blue Mountain Hospital in 2014 as a Nursing Assistant in the ER and on the Medical Floor. In 2015, she transitioned to our program where she works as a nursing assistant and home health aide as well as assisting with quality improvement.

After graduating from Grant Union, she attended Blue Mountain Community College for her CNA license. She lived in Bend and Boise before making her home in John Day with her three daughters where she enjoys camping with her girls, hiking and painting.

For Krista, the work at hospice is rewarding "in helping people and their families transition through the dying process. By working one-on-one with patients, you are able to get to know them. Overall it is a very humbling experience. It is an honor to be able to serve the patients and families in their final days."