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December 27, 2017

Care Dimensions Announces Nurse Residency Graduates to Work at New Hospice House In Lincoln

Back row: Kaveri Roy, lead educator; Caitlin Murphy, nurse resident; Michelle Trask, nurse resident; Nancy Zheng, clinical director; Erica Richman, RN case manager; Vicki Kury, senior director, clinical operations. Front row: Christina Prussman, nurse resident; Susan Lysaght-Hurley, director of research; Betsy Parker, nurse resident.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Care Dimensions announces the graduation of four new hospice nurses from its innovative Hospice Nurse Residency Program which provides intensive 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.

Care Dimensions is the largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care and grief support in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts and employs 550 staff.  Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients – in private homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals and at their two inpatient hospice houses, the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers and the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, which will open in winter of 2018.  Learn more about Care Dimensions, the new hospice house and the hospice nurse residency program at


Care Dimensions Employees Celebrate Circle of Life Award 

In celebration of winning the prestigious national 2015 Circle of Life award honoring innovation in hospice and palliative care, the staff of Care Dimensions took to song "performing" (with vocal assistance from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) the iconic Circle of Life song. Enjoy! 

To view photos from our Circle of Life Award celebration, click here

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.