Kelly Doherty, Nurse Practitioner, to Lead Palliative Care Program


IMG_0972Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC as the Nurse Practitioner for Palliative care and the Hospice Program.   In her role, Ms. Doherty will work directly with patients and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide relief from the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease or a life limiting illness.  Her vast experience includes Nurse Practitioner for Pain Management at Interventional Spine Medicine and Seacoast Pain Institute in New Hampshire and Specialized Health Management in Newton, MA.  Her experience in palliative care and hospice includes Registered Nurse at the Hyder Hospice House, and Triage and Nurse Consultant at Wentworth Hospice in Dover, NH, Palliative Care Nurse at Beacon Hospice in MA;  Primary Hospice Nurse at Hospice of St. George’s County and Hospice Case Manager at John Hopkins Home Care and Hospice in Maryland.  Most recently she served as Adjunct Faculty at Hesser College in Portsmouth, NH teaching Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, Clinical II and Medical Office Applications. She was an active member and Chairperson of the New Hampshire Pain Initiative.

Ms. Doherty received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St Joseph’s College and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Bowie State University.  She is ANCC certified as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Pain Management Specialist.  Her published work and presentations include Pharmacology of Pain, and Pain & Symptom Management at New Hampshire Technical Institute, It Doesn’t Have to Hurt at the NHHPCO Annual Conference; Oncological Emergences, and History of Hospice for Southern Maine Oncology Nursing Society and Pain Management: An Overview, for the New Hampshire Pain Nurses’ Association. She is a recipient of the State Pain Initiative Champion Award and a member of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“We are most fortunate to have Kelly Doherty become a part of our team at Cornerstone VNA,” states Julie Reynolds, CEO.  “She will be instrumental in launching our Palliative Care Program and a valuable resource for our entire clinical staff in home care and Hospice.  She is committed to providing compassionate and expert care and support to patients and their families”.

To learn more about Hospice and Palliative Care, click here.

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