Bob Laws, Executive Director

Bob has called the Pacific Northwest his home for over 35 years.  He has owned two business software companies, and has worked as a registered nurse both in direct patient care and care delivery management.  His work in the accounting software industry and as a registered nurse, coupled with his passion for end of life care, have culminated in his appointment as Executive Director for Hospice of the Northwest.

Bob’s goals are to provide extraordinary patient care to everyone we serve, to make sure everyone in our service area knows what Hospice really is, to provide access to Hospice to everyone in our community when the time is right, and to steward our resources to make these goals sustainable.  We take compassion and dignity seriously – call us to find out how.



Leslie Estep, Assistant Medical Director

“It is a privilege to work as a partner with patients, families and our skilled hospice staff to provide care that focuses on the values of each individual patient. Approaching each patient with respect is a priority for me and the entire team.”

Dr. Leslie Estep has been a family physician in Skagit County for 20 years, and is certified by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Kaaren Flint, Community Outreach Liaison

Kaaren is our Community Outreach Liaison. She acts as a bridge between the communities hospice serves and the agency. Her primary focus is supporting caregivers, patients, and families to make empowered, informed decisions regarding end of life care. Through public presentations, events, and private gatherings, Kaaren is available to detail the layered benefits of hospice, assist in end of life planning, and provide related in-service education.

If you or your organization is interested in learning more about Hospice Care or end of life planning, Kaaren can be reached by email or 360-814-5550.



Christine Nidd, Manager of Quality and Compliance

Christine Nidd is our Manager of Quality and Compliance for Hospice of the Northwest. Christine is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and serves on National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Quality and Standards Committee.

“Providing quality care at end of life is a passion of mine.  I am committed to making continuous improvements to benefit the comfort and safety of HNW patients and the Hospice industry as a whole.”