GREENVILLE – State of the Heart Care is proud to announce that Executive Director Kristi Strawser, MSN, MBA, RN, CHPN, NE-BC has been selected to serve on Ohio’s first Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council.
The Ohio Department of Health selected 20 members from all aspects of the healthcare community to make up the council, including individuals who have worked with various age groups and have experience in various palliative care delivery models such as acute care, long-term care, hospice care, home health agency services, home-based care, and spiritual care. The Ohio Department of Health states the council will be working towards the goal of integrating palliative care into Ohio’s health care systems and enhancing the use and development of palliative care throughout Ohio. According to AARP, palliative care is a team-based specialty focused on providing relief to patients from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Palliative care can offer relief from many symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and depression, with research also showing that it may even help prolong patients’ lives.
Kristi had an interest in applying for both personal and professional reasons. She has been passionate about palliative care on a personal level after witnessing the benefits it can provide firsthand through the care her daughter, Corynna Strawser, received. From a professional level, she stated, “It is also a fantastic opportunity to have a voice on the council as a rural hospice provider.” Kristi was officially appointed by Amy Acton, MD, MPH, and Director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health on May 20, 2019. The first council meeting will occur in July.
When asked what she hopes to provide by being on the council, Kristi shared, “My goal is to help give both professional and personal feedback and guidance to help move palliative care forward to provide this valuable service with high-quality outcomes for patients.”