Easing hospital transitions

Going to the hospital is tough for all of us. It’s extra tough for Matheny students and patients because of their special needs.

Now, thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a dedicated “transitional” nurse will help make sure special-needs patients get exactly the care and attention they need when moving to an acute care facility.

The new transitional nurse, Jeanne Lavelle, RN, says she is, “looking forward to being an advocate for our patients.  The whole plan is cutting edge and exciting. It’s an opportunity to provide better care and support for the families of our patients. I will help them ask the right questions, and I’ll be there to provide emotional support as well.”

Above, new transitional nurse Jeanne Lavelle, RN, center, confers with Lisa McKenna, RN, right, and staff physician Dr. Surbparkash Singh.

Read more at www.matheny.org/news/rwj-grant.htm.