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Orange Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Navigator Presented with 2016 Award of Excellence in Clinical Practice

March 18, 2016

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Patient Navigator, Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW was the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in Palliative Care at the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) Annual Assembly.

The Excellence in Clinical Practice in Palliative Care and Palliative Social Work Award honors a palliative social worker who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration, and contributions to the advancement of Palliative Social Work.

“Eileen consistently demonstrates excellence through her professional practice, leadership, research and education,” said Medical Director of Palliative Care, Dr. Emma Fattakhov. “Her honors, awards, and reputation in her area of specialization in addition to the sentiment of her peers and patients, speak volumes about her performance.”

As a patient navigator, Eileen provides one-on-one support service with expert guidance to patients receiving palliative care treatment. Patient navigation services ensure that a patient’s needs are met in a timely manner, questions are answered and fears and anxiety are addressed with compassion.

“At Orange Regional, we don’t believe anyone should face their disease alone or without access to exceptional care and resources, said Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno. “As a compassionate advocate, Eileen is committed to providing education through our navigation program with the goal of improving a patient’s ability to cope, quality of life, access to care, functional status, patient satisfaction and decreased anxiety throughout his or her treatment.”

The Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) is committed to fostering and encouraging social work excellence in psychosocial research, education, and clinical practice in palliative care. Each year, SWHPN members nominate their peers to recognize outstanding achievements in social work hospice and palliative care.

Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional

Palliative Care at Orange Regional Medical Center provides disease management and family-centered support. Prolonged serious health conditions or life-limiting illnesses present unique challenges to both patients and their families. Effective palliative care helps patients through difficult treatment, in navigating choices for their care and helps them carry on with their daily routine. Orange Regional’s Palliative Care Program supports patients of all ages and enlists a team of experts who are ready to help and support patients with the resources they need to reach personal goals.

For a consultation or to learn more about the Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional, please contact 845-333-1199 or palliativecare@ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW

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