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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: