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Nursing Leader Celebrates Three Decades with Barnabas Health


Little Falls Resident, Ellen P. Coughlin, RN, MPA, MA, CHPN, recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center (BHHPCC). Now serving as the Center's Vice President of Patient and Family Services, she began her career with BHHPCC as a Staff Nurse, moving on to accept the roles of Patient Care Coordinator and Senior Director of Clinical Services before taking on her current title.

Prior to working with BHHPC, Ellen was a Staff Nurse on the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas, and a Pediatric Staff Nurse at United Hospital Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Currently a Vice Chair for the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NJHPCO), Ellen is also a member of the NJHPCO's Government Relations and Reimbursement Committee. In 2006 she was named Hospice Manager of the Year by NJHPCO and, in 2005, was named Advance for Nurses Editor's Choice, Nurse Leader. She has also been certified in hospice and palliative care nursing since 2006.

Ellen earned an associate's degree in Applied Science from Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey; a bachelor's of arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey; and a master's of arts degree in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickson University in Madison, New Jersey.

About Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center Comfort the Patient. Heal the Family.TM Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center offers compassion and support to both the patient and family - empowering decision making, enhancing quality of life, providing comfort, and when the journey has ended, helping those who remain to cope with the loss and move forward. We collaborate with each patient's Primary Care Physician to offer hospice and palliative care services, throughout ten New Jersey counties, in private homes, in the hospital, or in a long-term care or assisted living facilities. For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, visit

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