The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 12, 2013

Home Nursing Agency workers win praise


The Tribune-Democrat

— Four members of the Home Nursing Agency Cambria County Hospice team recently were awarded the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN) credential from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. This certification tests nurses’ knowledge of delivering complete palliative care.

These nurses earned the certification:

• Teri Gergely, registered nurse of Ebensburg, patient care supervisor, is a graduate of Conemaugh Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and has been with the agency for two years.

• Donna Hershel, registered nurse of Carrolltown, registered nurse case manager, is a six-year employee of the agency and graduated from Mount Aloysius College and Penn State.

• Wanda Hnatkovich, registered nurse of Patton, registered nurse case manager, graduated from Mount Aloysius College and has been with the agency for nearly four years.

• Peggy Ropchock of Cherry Tree, a registered nurse case manager, is a graduate of the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing and is a six-year employee.

Kim Kranz of Patton, vice president of Hospice and Palliative Care for Home Nursing Agency, recently received the designation of Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

The CHPCA credential validates extensive individual competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.

This specialization is highly valued, and Kranz is one of less than 20 people in Pennsylvania who hold the CHPCA designation.

An agency employee since 2001, Kranz received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in community health nursing and administration from Pace University.

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