Meet Our Executive Leader and Providers

Our seasoned Executive Director and board-certified Medical Director lead an expert interdisciplinary team of advanced practice professionals, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and aides who specialize in caring for people facing a serious illness or life-limiting condition. Our team is actively involved in each patient’s plan of care in order to achieve the best outcome.

Mary Kartes
Title: Executive Director

Mary first joined Bristol Hospice ~ Rogue Valley in 2019 as Executive Director, and has played an essential role in the operational start up. Mary graduated from Lower Columbia College, Washington. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management.

Mary has many years of leadership and clinical experience in community care including skilled nursing facilities and home health. Prior to joining Bristol Hospice ~ Rogue Valley, for many years, she held clinical leadership positions in Southern Oregon skilled nursing facilities as well as home health. Of more recent, Mary was an Oregon regional nurse/clinical consultant for skilled nursing facilities.

Mary enjoys working with the senior population, providing care and support to patients and their families to maintain the highest quality of life. In addition, she and her team’s focus is providing a touching and meaningful resource to their community as a whole.

In her free time, Mary treasures time spent with her family at the Oregon Coast Dunes camping and playing on their ATV’s. Mary also spends time in her garden and enjoying the simplicity of home in Colonial Valley of Grants Pass.

Melissa Hippen
Title: BOS

Dr. Kevin Keck
Title: Associate Medical Director

Dr. Keck joined the Bristol Hospice team in May 2015, has over 40 years of clinical experience and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Prior to joining Bristol Hospice, he has been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health and Services, and at clinics in Tracy and Stockton, California. Dr. Keck has worked as an emergency department physician and as a primary care physician. He is married and has three grown children.