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How Does Levine Children’s Hospital Integrate Palliative Care into the Care of Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Patients?

Tuesday, May 23 at 2 PM EDT

Levine Children’s Hospital became a Battelle Healthcare Colloquium member in May 2016. The Colloquium is a hospital member organization whose goal is to transform healthcare organizations by improving patient outcomes through heart failure accreditation. Through their accreditation work, Levine selected Colloquium milestones corresponding with their goals of developing a pediatric heart failure clinic and integrating palliative care into the care of pediatric heart failure/transplant patients.

In this webinar, you'll hear from Susan Folk, FNP-C, Theresa Hutchinson, CPNP and Katherine Robinson, RN, BSN as they discuss

• Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric palliative care program
• Benefits of early integration of palliative care 
• Patient case studies


Susan Folk Headshot

Susan Folk, FNP-C
Pediatric Advanced Care Team
Levine Children’s Hospital

Susan has been a NP since 1995. Before joining Levine Children’s Hospital in 2013 as a pediatric palliative care nurse, she developed a pediatric palliative care program at a community hospital system in Maine’s Midcoast. Susan obtained a Master’s in Nursing at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. 

Theresa Hutchinson

Theresa Hutchinson, CPNP
Pediatric Cardiology
Levine Children’s Hospital

Theresa has been a nurse since 2002, a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner since 2009 and a nurse practitioner working in pediatric cardiology since 2011. Her primary role as a nurse practitioner has been inpatient care for pediatric cardiology patients. Theresa played an integral role in developing Levine Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Heart Failure Clinic, enabling the hospital to obtain Battelle Healthcare Colloquium heart failure accreditation. 

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Katherine Robinson, RN, BSN

Pediatric Transplant
Levine Children’s Hospital

Katherine began her career working as an ICU nurse for more than seven years. For the last 15 years, she has gained experience working with organ transplant patients. Her unique experience includes work as an organ procurement coordinator for LifeLink of Georgia. In 2015, she joined Levine Children’s Hospital and became the first dedicated pediatric heart transplant/VAD coordinator. The program has grown exponentially over the last two years, and it is now a medium- to large-size pediatric heart transplant center. Katherine is dual certified as a procurement and transplant coordinator and was appointed to the Board of Governors for the American Board for Transplant Certification as Judiciary Chair beginning in 2017. Katherine obtained her BSN at the University of Alabama.  

About Levine Children’s Hospital

Levine Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiology and heart surgery care is recognized regionally and nationally for its quality. On top of being named a Best Children's Hospital in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the team leads the nation in survival rates for its pediatric heart transplant program. Levine Children’s Hospital is the Southeast’s region only facility with pediatric open-heart surgery, a pediatric cath lab and ECMO, a heart-lung bypass machine supporting infants and children with respiratory or heart failure. In addition, the team performed the first neonatal heart transplant in the region (in 1989) and successfully transplanted eight pediatric heart transplants in 2015 and 11 in 2016 – the most ever performed in one year at its facility, and among the highest volume in the region.

About Battelle Healthcare Colloquium

Battelle Healthcare Colloquium transforms healthcare organizations by improving patient outcomes through heart failure accreditation. Our membership comprises 30 distinguished adult and pediatric hospitals, 10 of which have top pediatric cardiology programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We unite communities, hospitals, clinicians and science, utilizing coaching-based methods to enable hospitals and healthcare organizations to meet their heart failure care goals.

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