(HARTFORD, Conn.) - Alison Lane-Reticker, M.D., of West Hartford, Director of Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been board certified in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is one of only 28 physicians in Connecticut currently board certified in this emerging medical subspecialty.

Nationwide, 2,800 physicians have been certified in hospice and palliative medicine in the last decade. The specialty of hospice and palliative medicine is devoted to achieving the best quality of life for the patient and family during a life-threatening illness through the relief of suffering and the control of symptoms. In order to be board certified, a physician must pass a rigorous examination and meet stringent professional standards.
Dr. Lane-Reticker is also a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and holds teaching appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., Dr. Lane-Reticker received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She served as an intern and medical resident at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, and as a medical resident at Saint Francis. Following completion of her residency, she worked as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Saint Francis for 29 years, nine of them as Director of the Department. Before assuming her present position in 2005, she served as a fellow in palliative care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.