Published April 10, 2014
Home Health VNA announced today that seven registered nurses in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program have received certification in Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy administered by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. Only a fraction, less than 1%, of the approximately 2.9 million nurses in the United States have completed this certification. Having a team of nurses with this advanced specialty will ensure that children and adolescents with cancer can receive chemotherapy and biotherapy in their own home, reducing the need for time consuming, disruptive and costly trips to the hospital for cancer treatment.
“With this advanced certification our nurses embrace the concept of family-centered care” said John G. Albert, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of Home Health VNA. “It will ensure that incredible care is provided to some of our most vulnerable patients in the comfort and security of their own home.”
Home Health VNA has one of the largest MCH programs in the state with a team of highly skilled registered nurses who provide complex medical care and support to children aged newborn to 18 in more than 90 cities and town in the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern NH. The team is expert in the care of children and families with complex medical care needs and regularly receives referrals to provide advanced oncology services in the home from The Jimmy Fund Clinic of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Mass General Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital.
Home Health VNA, the leader in home health care, is a not-for-profit agency affiliated with HomeCare, Inc. and Merrimack Valley Hospice. For more information on the MCH program and other comprehensive programs and services, visit their website www.HomeHealthVNA.org or call 800-933-5593.
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Shannon Cole, RN, York Maine, Stacey Geary, RN, Lowell, Sharon Tetreault, Hampton, NH
Kathy Olson, RN, Chelmsford, Randi Fuller, RN, Amesbury, Carol Sanborn, RN, Dracut, Meghan Murphy-Flood RN, Andover