Our Care Navigation Team
Maureen Williams, MEd, BSN, RN
Director of Care Navigation
Maureen Williams, MEd, BSN, RN, is Four Seasons’ Director of Care Navigation, an innovative service line launched January 2018 that provides personalized, expert guidance through our complex healthcare system for individuals facing chronic or life-limiting illness. Maureen brings a rich and extensive background in clinical nursing, as well as leadership, education, and research, to the position which serve residents of Henderson and Buncombe counties by providing her insight and direct assistance to those needing additional support with healthcare and life decisions.
Maureen earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She worked as a Registered Nurse and Manager in home health care both as a bedside nurse and nursing supervisor for over 12 year. During this time, she earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia in Adult Education. This led her to a lengthy career as a clinical instructor in both the community college and private agency settings, primarily instructing home health aides and Certified Nursing Assistants. During this time, Maureen also participated in, contributed to, and edited numerous research studies and publications in the home health and home care disciplines, serving on several professional editorial boards for noteworthy publications. She continued to consult as an educator and contributor during a 14-year career with Capital Caring, a hospice and palliative care agency in the Washington, D.C. area, where she served in numerous leadership capacities, including four years as General Manager for a three-county region.
Since joining the Four Seasons team in 2013, Maureen has led efforts to grow hospice services in Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties, serving as Regional Director of Hospice Services for these counties for several years. Her outstanding leadership has ensured that more residents of rural areas can receive specialized and expert end-of-life care, also partnering with area healthcare agencies, community physicians, and local facilities to provide community education around end-of-life care. Maureen’s 20+ years in hospice and palliative care provide a strong platform from which to support patients and families.
Maureen has brought her training and background to the role of Director of Care Navigation to ensure that clients understand how to navigate decisions about their care with support and presence along the way. Since initiating Care Navigation in January 2018, Maureen has become a member of the Aging Life Care® Association. Aging Life Care™, also known as geriatric care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off from work for family caregivers through:
- Assessment and monitoring
- Planning and problem-solving
- Education and advocacy
- Family caregiver coaching
Maureen is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Aging Life Care® Association, National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals, and Sigma Theta Tau International, which is The Honor Society of Nursing. With over 33 years in health care and nursing, Maureen is a seasoned professional with a heart of compassion and a level of competent expertise to provide support for those in our communities through Four Seasons, The Care You Trust.
Carey Baumgarten, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Care Navigator
Carey joined Four Seasons in February 2020 as a Social Work Care Navigator. In her role at Four Seasons, Carey ensures that patients are directed to the most appropriate service line and assures needed access to other patient support resources. Her background begins with a BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MSW from Boston College. Carey has enrolled in many continuing education courses throughout her career, as well. She has a rich background in social work. Carey has worked for the Mission Health SECU Cancer Center and as a Hospice Social Worker in both Vermont and Massachusetts. In addition, Carey has worked in Virginia, Oregon, New Hampshire and now NC.
Carey is empathetic and appreciates respect, teamwork, and motivation in the workplace. A quick learner, Carey is a wonderful addition to the Four Seasons family!