FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 12, 2009
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
PHONE: 973-383-0115 FAX 973-383-6889
PHOTO: Mary Pugliese, RN, BSN, CHPN
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice names Education Manager
Newton-March 12, 2009–Mary Pugliese, RN, BSN, CHPN has been named Quality Improvement Education Manager for Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Pugliese will direct the Quality Assurance Program Initiatives (QAPI) which is a Medicare required plan that is carried out throughout the entire hospice organization.
The on going challenge is to track data indicators that will determine effectiveness of service to patients and families in the community. Pugliese will be responsible for seeking new ways to measure and ensure quality within the entire Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice program. She, along with a QAPI committee, will develop and undertake new projects and initiatives based on information that is collected from hospice families. The goal is to optimize patient and family care and to improve all aspects of the hospice experience for the community.
The data collected will be assessed monthly and also per project, and will be seeking opportunities to intervene which will effect improvements. This quality agenda is hospice wide, with all departments including administration, finance and volunteers, expected to produce ways to advance their practice.
Pugliese has been with Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice as a clinical care technician since 2003. She has been working with hospice patients or as a hospice coordinator for twenty years, and also has prior experience as an operating room and surgical head nurse at Roosevelt Hospital, NJ and Cornell University Medical Center, NY. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is very pleased to have her talents available to patients, families, and staff.
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. For Northern NJ and PA, please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ, Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 315 West Harford St., Milford, PA. For all programs and events or for more information please visit their web site www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.