Rutland Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice and Rutland Regional Medical Center officials named Juanita Morris, MSN, APRN-BC as director of palliative and hospice services.
Morris is responsible for overall management and oversight of the RAVNAH and RRMC Hospice and Outpatient Palliative Care program. In addition, she will serve as the RAVNAH liaison to the State and National Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations, and other local, State and Federal entities.
Morris has over 20 years combined experience in nursing, counseling, and healthcare management. She brings with her a comprehensive diagnostic and clinical background in multiple specialties, including hospice, palliative, primary care, geriatric, surgical, cardiac, and psychiatric care.
Prior to RAVNAH, she was a nurse practitioner simultaneously at North Adams Commons and Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, both in Massachusetts, where she provided hospice and palliative care to patients, collaborated with visiting nurses, and facilitated patient transitions within and between health care settings.
In her new role, Morris will use her demonstrated leadership in the community to manage, market and grow the combined programs.
“Juanita brings energy, experience and a unique perspective to RAVNAH, and we are thrilled to have her join the team” said RAVNAH CEO Ron Cioffi.
“Hospice and Palliative care are extremely important in the spectrum of health and are greatly beneficial to the well-being of our patients. With Juanita’s strong background in hospice care, she and her team will be there to provide a broad range of support services to our patients and their families during what can be a trying and difficult time,” Cioffi noted.
Juanita received her Masters of Science/Adult Nurse Practitioner from Russell Sage College in New York, her Masters of Social Work from the State University of New York, her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Adams State College in Massachusetts, her Associates of Science in Nursing from Castleton State College, and her Associates of Science in Human Services from Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts. Juanita, long-time resident of Manchester enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading,