New Palliative Care Program

CORNERSTONE VNA LAUNCHES A PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

Cornerstone VNA is committed to providing patients and their families with trusted, compassionate and expert care and has recently added a new Palliative Care Program to improve the care for patients living with a chronic or life limiting illness.  In addition to a Hospice program, Cornerstone VNA now provides palliative care consultations and pain management services to help patients manage the symptoms of their disease.  Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness.  Its focus is on providing patients relief from the pain and anxiety of a complex illness, regardless of the diagnosis.  It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease.  Palliative care is different from Hospice care in that it may start at diagnosis, and patients receiving palliative care may also receive curative treatment for their disease. The primary goals of the Palliative Care Program are to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family and decrease the need for emergency room visits or re-hospitalizations.

Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC has the lead role in launching the Palliative Care Program.  She is ANCC certified as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Pain Management Specialist. In her role, Ms. Doherty will work directly with a patient’s physician, the patient and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance a patient’s care and provide relief from the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease or a life limiting illness.  “The ultimate goal,” states Kelly Doherty, “is to relieve suffering and improve the patient’s quality of life.”

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

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice organization serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine.  The team at the VNA uses the latest technology to provide the most highly skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work, and support services in their service area.

Certified Specialty programs include Wound, Ostomy & Incontinence care, Diabetes Management and Education, Certified Behavioral Health Nursing, Certified Intravenous Therapy, Chronic Care Management, Palliative Care Consultations, a Maternal Wellness Program and Fall Prevention & Balance Therapies.  Specialty services include a Telehealth Program, an in-home health monitoring system, and Smart Care, an emergency response and communication system for patients and their families providing 24 hour, 7 day a week peace of mind and added sense of security when making the transition to homecare.

Cornerstone VNA is a center of Excellence for Home Health and Hospice Care.

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