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January 9, 2018

Boxborough nurse graduates from training program
The Beacon - Boxborough

Care Dimensions announced the graduation of four new hospice nurses from its innovative Hospice Nurse Residency Program which provides training to nurses who are new to hospice and palliative care. Christina Prussman, of Andover, Caitlin Murphy, of Medford, Betsy Parker, of Boxborough, and Michelle Trask, of Gloucester, are among the newest hospice nurse resident graduates who were specially training to work at the new Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, on the Waltham line. The Care Dimensions Hospice House features 18 private patient suites, including two state-of-the-art pediatric suites. The new hospice house is not a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation facility, but a home-like setting where hospice physicians, nurses and support staff provide hospital-level 24-hour care, and where visiting family members can spend quality time, including overnight stays, with their loved one.

In 2015, Care Dimensions received a Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grant to develop a hospice nurse residency program geared to both new nursing graduates and experienced nurses looking to work in the hospice field for the first time. The original program successfully graduated 12 Hospice Nurse Residents who are now full-time hospice nurse case managers at Care Dimensions. With the newest pool of nurse resident graduates, Care Dimensions has demonstrated its commitment to staff education, which goes beyond the initial training grant.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.