Kaufmann Appointed to NHPCO Professional Education Committee

Posted: 12/21/2015

Lynne KaufmannHome Health and Hospice Director Lynne Kaufmann, RN, was recently appointed to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) professional education committee. She will serve a two year term starting Jan. 1, 2016.

The professional education committee helps identify professional practice gaps in the field of hospice and palliative care for providers nationwide. It also identifies educational needs, advises NHPCO staff on the development and delivery of professional development activities, assists in evaluating professional development activities and evaluates the effectiveness of NHPCO’s professional development program.

“I hope to bring the perspective and needs of a small, rural hospice agency to the NHPCO professional education committee,” said Kaufmann. “Continuing education on patient care techniques helps care providers in our field better care for patients facing end-of-life and their families.”

Kaufmann has worked in home care and hospice for 25 years, serving as a home health nurse before assuming the director role at Brookings Health System in 2005. She also serves on the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization’s Home Care Council and the South Dakota Medicaid Advisory Committee.

With 20 years of experience, Brookings Health System’s hospice provides local nurses, volunteers, chaplain, social worker and 24-hour support to help care for patients facing end-of-life. For more information on hospice, or to request services, please call (605) 696-7700 or visit www.brookingshealth.org/Hospice.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.