The New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recently named Cynthia Lembeck, RN, CHPN, patient care manager at Hunterdon Hospice, Flemington, N.J., as the Hospice Nurse of the Year.
Cynthia is knowledgeable, compassionate and individualizes each patient/family plan of care, Anne Boyle, RN, director of Hunterdon Hospice, said in a news release. She is eager to expand her knowledge and experience, volunteering as needed for challenging cases.
Lembeck has been with Hunterdon Hospice for six years and specializes in pediatric palliative care, the release said. She is certified in hospice and palliative nursing and Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.
Cynthia encompasses all the spiritual, emotional and professional aspects of hospice in her day-to-day work. Her demeanor puts distraught families at ease and her quick response with appropriate help calms their fears, Suzanne Quinn, RN, clinical coordinator of performance improvement, said in the release.
NJHPCI also recognized Diane Gilbert, coordinator of the youth art therapy bereavement program for Hunterdon Hospice, as the Bereavement Staff Member of the Year. In 2013, the 12-week bereavement series served 57 children ranging from ages 6-18.
Founded in 1979, NJHPCO is a nonprofit public service organization that promotes the use of hospice and palliative care at the end of life.