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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center adds palliative care partner


BOLIVIA, N.C. – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center recently established a formal partnership with Lower Cape Fear Hospice for palliative care, or specialized services for patients with serious, advanced and/or chronic illness at any stage. With the newly established partnership, Anne Weatherford, nurse practitioner with Lower Cape Fear Hospice, will provide full-time palliative care services at Novant Health.

Weatherford graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is a certified family nurse practitioner and an advance practice hospice and palliative nurse. She has five years of experience in palliative care. Joining Anne is Dr. Kelly Erola, who serves as the chief medical officer for Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s palliative care programs.

“We are grateful for Anne and Dr. Erola’s experience and passion for palliative care,” said Shelbourn Stevens, president of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. “We know that palliative care can provide an extra layer of support to patients facing serious illness and I am confident Anne and Dr. Erola will help us to deliver the best care to our patients.”  

Patients with serious illness will benefit from having:

  • Complex symptom management.
  • Assistance choosing from a variety of treatment options.
  • Patient/family meetings to determine goals of care.
  • Post-discharge planning.

“I am honored to partner with Novant Health on this venture,” Weatherford said. “With an interdisciplinary team in place for support, I am able to better focus on the patient and make positive impacts for those facing difficult medical decisions and navigating advanced illness.”

For more information, please call 800-207-6908.

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018
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