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Shagun Saggar and Robin Rice-Voigt Earn Certifications in Palliative Care

February 18, 2011 -  Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Shagun Saggar, MD and Robin Rice-Voigt, RN, CHPN recently earned prestigious certifications in Palliative Care.

Dr. Shagun Saggar, who had previously completed a fellowship in Palliative Care at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, has successfully passed the American Board of Family Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification examination. Saggar is now board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice Palliative Care.

Robin Rice-Voigt became a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN). "The value of the certification is that it helps validate my qualifications and understanding of the soothing, comforting, calming presence that both the patient and their family need during their care," states Rice-Voigt.

APD's Palliative Care team focuses on the goals of care while improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness or injury. Emphasis is placed on pain management, communication and coordinated care with families and other providers

The Palliative Care team raises the quality of care by sharing their knowledge and experience with APD's clinical staff who deal with the unique, daily demands of Palliative Care, including frequent family meetings, treatment choices and teamwork.