Maplewood, NJ -- Laurie Berkman, of Maplewood, NJ, Paws for Patients Program Coordinator, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center (BHHPCC) in West Orange, was named Pet Therapy Coordinator of the Year by the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NJHPCO). Each year the NJHPCO presents Hospice Team Awards to recognize outstanding hospice professionals as role models for their counterparts statewide.
In her role as Program Coordinator for BHHPCC’s Paws for Patients canine therapy program, Laurie oversees a team of hospice volunteers and their certified therapy dogs, facilitating visits with requesting hospice patients and family members.
Barnabas Heath Hospice and Palliative Care Center was proud to have two professionals honored with Hospice Team Awards this year. “One of the primary goals of hospice care is to empower patients and families to make choices that will help them to live their remaining life to the absolute fullest,” said Keith Boroch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health Hospice and Home Care. “I am proud of our award winners and their commitment to helping us meet this goal.”
With its more than 30-year history, BHHPCC is the leading care provider for patients in New Jersey who are facing advanced illness. It is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, The Joint Commission accredited, Medicare and Medicaid certified, and is an active member of several national and state health care organizations.
Founded in 1979, the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization educates professionals and consumers about hospice and palliative care. Its membership includes over 90 percent of the state’s licensed hospices, which together serve over 20,000 patients with end-stage illness and their families each year.
The NJHPCO’s Hospice Team Awards were presented in June in Eatontown, NJ.
For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, please visit www.barnabashealthhospice.org.
Date: July 29, 2013
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