Kelly Doherty Named 2016 Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award Recipient

Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC was presented with the 2016 Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award on Friday, June 24, at the Annual Meeting of the NH Home Care Association and NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. This annual award is given to an individual, team or organization in Northern New England who has demonstrated innovation and collaboration to improve quality, expand access, and/or increase efficiency in delivering the best end-of-life care possible to New Hampshire residents.

Pictured L to R:Kelly Doherty Named 2016 Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award Recipient Photo

Andrea Patrick-Baudet, RN, CHPN, CHPCA, Hospice Director; Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, Palliative Care Director and Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer.


2016 award recipient, Kelly Doherty, is the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Cornerstone VNA and has been instrumental in its success since the inception of the program in September 2014. In her role, she serves as a liaison to local area hospitals and collaborates with assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities to ensure that the Palliative Care Program is meeting the needs of the community. Additionally, Kelly serves on the Cornerstone VNA Medical Directors’ team and trains all Cornerstone VNA Home Care nurses in pain and symptom management. According to Hospice Director Andrea Patrick-Baudet, RN, CHPN, CHPCA, “Kelly’s ability to mentor and teach home care nurses about palliative interventions has had a monumental impact on earlier treatment of symptoms for patients with chronic illness, whether they are not yet eligible for hospice or are choosing to continue a curative philosophy of care.”

Doherty is also a certified POLST trainer (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and a frequent conference presenter on pain management topics. Over the past two years, Doherty has ensured timely, aggressive symptom management and goals clarification for patients in the communities served by Cornerstone VNA. Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone VNA adds, “Kelly is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families, as they strive for wellness or embrace a chronic or life limiting illness with dignity and grace. We are so proud that she is part of the Cornerstone VNA team and that her work was recognized with this most prestigious award.”

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

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