Meet The Team
Thomas C Liske MD FCCP
Dr Liske is a retired 72 y/o physician. He was born on May 28th 1943 in Chicago. He was the fourth born and the first son of five children which may or may not explain his understanding of the female gender. He attended Loyola University where he completed his premedical training in three years. He then moved on to four years of Medical School at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine from which he graduated in June of 1968. He then moved on to a rotating internship (one of the last of them) at Memorial Hospital of Long Beach in Long Beach California. In 1969 he was drafted for military service but received a brief reprieve when he was deferred to complete specialty training in Internal Medicine. This was completed over the next three years at Hines VA hospital in Maywood Illinois. The military returned for him in 1972. By that time Vietnam was winding down and he was assigned as a Medical Officer to the military medical clinic in Hanau Germany. He subsequently served as the commander of the Darmstadt Germany military medical clinic for two years. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1975 receiving the Meritorious Service Medal. He returned to Hines VA hospital for two additional years of training in the field of Pulmonary Medicine. After successfully completing that fellowship and passing his board exam he was able to open his practice in Aurora Illinois where he was the first new physician in seven years and the first pulmonologist. After that many new physicians came to town as Aurora boomed in its medical community supporting two major hospitals. He enjoyed private medical practice for the next 35 years.
These years were the most enjoyable of his life particularly because he relished his relationship with the numerous patients under his care. He held the critical care chairmanship at each of the two hospitals he served. And for two years he also developed and conducted a seminar for new employees, mostly nurses leading a discussion regarding doctor-nurse interactions. He continues to marvel at the education he received while doing this. Additionally, he served as Medical Director for several local nursing facilities.
In 1986 he accepted the position of Medical Director for the LTAC (Long Term Acute Care Hospital). Originally located in Sandwich IL, Doctor Liske followed when it was moved to Sycamore IL. He conducted this role in tandem with his practice. During these years he cared for the severely ill requiring long term hospital level attention albeit not requiring the level of care of the usual acute care facility. His patients were primarily on ventilators being either unweanable or requiring long periods of time to “come off”. This gave him a vast exposure to the humanity of very ill patients and their families. This, of course, aroused in him a curiosity regarding the human spirit leading to this project.
Subsequently, Dr. Liske was offered a position with a national healthcare organization to be the Regional Medical Director for Health Care Management. His primary duty was to educate physicians in appropriate documentation. A review of records revealed that the doctors were providing excellent care but were not documenting it well in the record. His job was to teach them how to do that. Finally, in 2015 he retired from that position having retired from clinical medicine 3 years earlier. He now enjoys retirement as an author, commentator, organizer, and speaker.
In 1985, he married the love of his life and they remain happily united. His wife is a partner, a friend, a mentor, and a soul mate. She has earned an MS and PHD in nursing and serves as a student mentor for a major university. His six children are now all grown and each is successful in his/her own life. His two grandchildren are a joy in his life although geography sadly keeps them apart most of the year.
The growth and development of OpenBookOpenHearts has become his new career.
Susan A. Worline, M.Ed.
Susan is an educator by nature with a background in education, sales and marketing, and business development. Before moving to Chicago 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio, Susan taught High School English to English as a second language students. Though she misses teaching High School at times, she has taken her education and skill sets further by educating on Hospice and palliative care for the last six years.
Susan is a the Director of Business Development for Peace Hospice & Palliative Care in Naperville, IL and is President, CEO, & Founder of Flying For Hope, NFP a 501(3c). As a published author and linguist fluent in 8 languages, she also has a monthly networking group open to the public called LMM and is held at several locations in and around the Chicagoland area.
In her spare time Susan loves to spend time with her friends and family. She has been married to her husband Tim for 20 years and have three children ages 7, 11, and 17. Susan also volunteers as the Director of Marketing for the Geneva Community Chest and is a Eucharistic minister. In the spare time she has left, she loves to play golf, write, do public speaking, watch Ohio State football, and volunteer her time to local causes/charities, church, and the local school district where her children attend.