We offer an interdisciplinary team approach to Palliative Medicine. The
team at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center includes physicians, nurse practitioners,
social workers, and interfaith chaplains, all working together to facilitate
the needs of our hospitalized patients with serious illnesses.
Our team includes:
Jennifer LaRosa, MD, FCCM, FCCP
Patient Safety & Quality Officer
Director, Intensive Care Unit
Associate Director, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Associate Director, Division of Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine
Aleshia Selby, MSW, LSW, ACHP-SW
Aleshia Selby, MSW, LSW, ACHP-SW began her career at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center in 1993 as a Licensed Social Worker in the Center for Geriatric
Health. She managed the Center’s community development initiatives,
where she provided award winning service, and was later promoted to Practice
Manager. She went on to practice hospice social work at Saint Barnabas
Hospice and Palliative Care Center (SBHPCC). There she became the first
person to receive the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social
Work (ACHP-SW) certification in the SBHPCC. She returned to Newark Beth
Israel in 2015 to join the Palliative Medicine team.
Aleshia has co-authored articles, facilitated support groups and presented
seminars related to social services, health care and end-of-life. She
attended Rutgers, College of Arts & Sciences in Newark, NJ earning
a B.S.W in Social Work / Health Care and a B.A. in African American Studies.
Aleshia earned a postgraduate degree from Rutgers University, School of
Social Work in New Brunswick, NJ, finishing the advanced standing program
in a year. She was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey.
Cathleen Keating, MSW, LSW
Cathleen Keating, MSW, LSW joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in
September of 2016.
Prior to joining Newark Beth Israel Cathleen worked with the homeless at
Elizabeth YMCA Housing & Social Services as a Social Work Intern,
addressing life skills, employment assistance and mental health concerns.
She went on to work with Sage Eldercare within the Spend-A-Day program
where she specialized in guiding and supporting the families and loved
ones of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. As a social worker in
the Palliative Medicine program at Newark Beth Israel she supports patients
and their families by offering supportive counseling and a listening ear
as they have difficult end of life discussions and decisions. Cathleen
guides families through the grief recovery process and is a companion
to the bereaved.
Cathleen completed her undergraduate degree at Fairfield University where
she studied Sociology & Anthropology. She went on to obtain her Master’s
degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Health and Aging from Rutgers
Jill Jackson, RN, BSN, MA, ACHPN
Jill Jackson, RN, BSN, MA, ACHPN began her nursing career as an oncology
nurse and went on to maintain a robust outpatient clinic specifically
geared towards caring for those with HIV infection. It was during this
time that Jill recognized her passion for those experiencing the challenges
of progressive illness and reaching the end of life. She transitioned
into Hospice Medicine and devoted herself to helping those with terminal
illnesses experience a comfortable and dignified death.
She joined Newark Beth Israel in 2003 and pioneered the opening of the
Hospice In-Patient Unit at Newark Beth Israel where her compassionate
care helped to improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients
and their families. During this time she expanded her education to provide
care to any patient experiencing the burdens of chronic and progressive illness.
After a brief hiatus wherein she provided in-home palliative care to her
patients in central and southern New Jersey as well as Palliative Care
to patients residing in long term care facilities. She returned to Newark
Beth Israel in 2016 to become part of the new Palliative Medicine team
with Dr. LaRosa, Aleshia Selby, LSW, ACHP-SW, and Cathleen Keating, MSW, LSW.
Jill received her registered nursing degree from Elizabeth General Medical
Center School of Nursing, where she also received the Lily Bierstein Memorial
Award for Nursing Excellence. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing
degree from Kean University and a Master of Arts in Nursing and Nurse
Practitioner degree with expertise in Palliative Medicine from New York
University. She holds a Pain Management Nursing Certification and is an
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN).
Mrs. Jackson is a member of the New Jersey Palliative Care Advanced Practice
Nurses Consortium and the HPNA.