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SwedishAmerican Offers Region’s Only Board-Certified Hospital Palliative Care Team

March 17, 2014

SwedishAmerican Health System is pleased to announce that Cathy Gentz, APN, palliative care, recently received the Advanced Certification Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) designation. Gentz works directly with Dr. Juliette Kalweit, MD, who also is board certified, to improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness. This distinction makes Dr. Kalweit and Gentz the only board-certified hospital palliative care team in Rockford.

Gentz joined SwedishAmerican 25 years ago and has been working closely with Dr. Kalweit for one-and-a-half years. Both Gentz and Dr. Kalweit are a part of an interdisciplinary team that works closely with patients’ physicians to ensure they do not suffer from uncontrolled physical, psychological or spiritual symptoms with a focus on quality of life. Other members of the palliative care team include pharmacists, social workers, massage therapists and chaplains.

ACHPN certification is designated to APNs who have met the highest clinical and academic standards of the hospice and palliative medicine specialty. APNs can sit for certification if they have graduated from a clinical APN program in palliative care or if they already are certified as an APN and obtain 800 hours working in a palliative care program.

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s palliative care services, call (779) 696-4175 or visit www.swedishamerican.org.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland
Katryna Kirby

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