Roger Williams recertified in Advanced Palliative Care
Roger Williams Medical Center, the first and only hospital in Rhode Island to hold certification for Advanced Palliative Care, has been recertified following a June 29th survey from The Joint Commission. In 2014, Roger Williams became just the 77th hospital in the country to receive this designation. Palliative care addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. The Palliative Care service is led by Dr. John Stoukides and Dr. Maria Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo. The program is guided by a committee co-chaired by Dr. Soriano-Pisaturo and Lynn Leahey, RN, Director of Clinical Services, that includes members from a variety of clinical and complementary disciplines.
Launched in 2011, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness.
The Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care emphasizes:
- A formal, organized palliative care program led by an interdisciplinary team whose members have advanced training in palliative care;
- Leadership endorsement and support of the program’s goals for providing care, treatment and services;
- A special focus on patient and family engagement;
- Processes which support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers;
- The use of evidence-based national guidelines or expert consensus to support patient care processes.