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Caring for the youngest of patients

Hospice Care Plus presented it’s prestigious Above and Beyond Award at its 2016 annual dinner in December. The awards are given each year to civic groups, non-profits, churches, businesses, or other organizations that go to great lengths to support the mission of Hospice Care Plus and its patients and families.

During the dinner, Rockcastle Pediatrics and Adolescents was recognized with this high honor, along with three other organizations from across the region.

Rockcastle Pediatrics and Adolescents, or RockPeds, was thanked for its essential support of pediatric patients served by Hospice Care Plus. Practice physicians Dr. Callie Shaffer and Dr. Sarah Oliver both serve as medical directors for Hospice’s youngest patients.

Hospice Care Plus presented the award because both Shaffer and Oliver “make themselves available 24/7 to oversee medical care, participate in care team meetings, write orders for prescriptions, and help design plans of care that promote quality of life, and pain and symptom management.”

In presenting the award, Hospice Care Plus noted that without the support of Rockcastle Pediatrics, its staff, and Drs. Shaffer and Oliver, it would be difficult, if not impossible to provide care for pediatric hospice patients and their families.

Dr. Shaffer was honored to accept the award and said, “While it’s very emotional to provide palliative care for children, it’s great to work with such a high quality team as the Hospice Care Plus’ nurses and staff.”

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