Jo Fogarty, R.N., CHPN, chronic condition coordinator at Lake Regional Health System, recently achieved certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
The NBCHPN is the only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of hospice and palliative care professionals.
Fogarty, a Lake Regional Health System employee since 2004, worked in critical care units before joining the Lake Regional Cancer Center’s palliative care team in 2009.
“I became a chronic care coordinator to support individuals with life threatening or limiting conditions,” Fogarty said. “The palliative care team strives to provide support, education and symptom management to these patients and their families.”
Lake Regional’s palliative care team is focused on enhancing patients’ quality of life. They communicate with health care providers to ensure patients diagnosed with serious, progressive or life-altering illnesses have tailored treatment plans that manage illness-related symptoms and reflect the patient’s health care goals.
In addition to Fogarty, the palliative care team includes the patient’s primary physician, a social work services provider, pharmacist, dietitian, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, speech therapist and a chaplain.
Lake Regional Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care close to home for lake-area residents. The center is nationally accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The center offers a range of services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, nutrition therapy, palliative care, support groups and educational classes, to treat the whole person — not just the disease. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com/CancerCare.