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Hunterdon palliative care program receives Joint Commission certification

Wednesday August 6, 2014
From left, Hunterdon palliative care team members and staff include Dolores VanPelt, RN, director, organizational effectiveness; Nancy Robbins, LCSW; BJ Jacobson, RN,  Hunterdon Hospice liaison; Larisa Golub, MD; Eleanor Schrieber; Susan Bauman, MD, medical director for palliative care program; Michelle Tufaro, MSW; Colleen Bell, APN; Karen Hepworth, RN, performance improvement specialist; and Rev. Jim DeVries, director of pastoral care.
From left, Hunterdon palliative care team members and staff include Dolores VanPelt, RN, director, organizational effectiveness; Nancy Robbins, LCSW; BJ Jacobson, RN, Hunterdon Hospice liaison; Larisa Golub, MD; Eleanor Schrieber; Susan Bauman, MD, medical director for palliative care program; Michelle Tufaro, MSW; Colleen Bell, APN; Karen Hepworth, RN, performance improvement specialist; and Rev. Jim DeVries, director of pastoral care.
(Photo courtesy of Hunterdon Medical Center)
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Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, N.J., has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its palliative care program by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

The certification award recognizes Hunterdon’s dedication to continuous compliance with Joint Commission’s standards, according to a news release.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Hunterdon Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients that receive care through the palliative care program,” Jean Range, RN, MS, CPHQ, executive director, disease-specific care certification, The Joint Commission, said in the release. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Hunterdon Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Hunterdon Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in June. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the program at the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including care coordination, leadership and medication management.

Several team members plan to present their assessment tools nationally, according to the release.

For information on the program at Hunterdon, visit www.HunterdonHealthcare.org/PalliativeCare.


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