October 16, 2020
Care Dimensions Named Employer of the Year by Hospice and Palliative Care Credentialing Organization
Danvers, MA – The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) has named Care Dimensions as the winner of the HPCC 2021 Employer of the Year Award, marking the first time a New England-based organization has received the honor in the 16-year history of the national award.
The award is presented annually to an organization that has provided sustained support of the HPCC certification program for hospice and palliative caregivers. Care Dimensions requires nurses to obtain advanced certification within two years of employment and currently has 161 employees certified by HPCC, including nurses, nurse practitioners, hospice aides, and administrators. Another 50 are expected to sit for certification exams in the coming year.
“We are committed to creating a work environment that fosters and recognizes clinical expertise and professional advancement through continued education,” said President and CEO Patricia Ahern. “I’m so proud to work with our employees who exemplify and live our mission and values every day.”
Care Dimensions was selected for the award for its history of supporting certification and for actively endorsing and promoting certification through numerous efforts, including:
- Financial support for certification examination and/or preparation for the examination
- Salary recognition upon attainment and renewal of HPCC credentials
- Facility recognition activities for achievement of HPCC credentials
- Incorporation of certification into job descriptions or clinical ladder.
Ahern noted further that Care Dimensions also encourages career advancement by offering:
- Tuition reimbursement
- Scholarship programs
- Student loan debt assistance
- Hospice nurse residency program
- Hospice aide career ladder
- Hospice and palliative care education for physician fellows and social work and chaplain interns.
About Care Dimensions
Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at our two inpatient hospice facilities, the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Additionally, Care Dimensions HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to patients over age 65 in select communities on the North Shore and Greater Boston who have difficulty leaving home. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates more than 7,000 health care professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. Please visit www.CareDimensions.org to learn more about Care Dimensions.
Care Dimensions Hospice House Video Tour
The Care Dimensions Hospice House, located in Lincoln on the Waltham town line, is a gracious and private home-like setting for patients who need hospital-level care for complex pain and symptom management. To learn more, call our Referral Center at 888-287-1255.