Meet Our Team

Henry Schneiderman
Henry Schneiderman, M.D.
Physician Champion
Palliative Care
 

Patty Keefe
Patty O'Keefe
Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Brown, APRN
Cynthia Brown, APRN

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Statement:

Works collaboratively with the Palliative Care Team to provide comprehensive assessment, symptom management and support for patients and their families facing serious and/or life threatening illnesses.

Education:

  • MS Nursing - New York Medical College
  • Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner - National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse - American Nurses Credentialing Center

Instructor - University of Connecticut School of Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program

Clinical Instructor - Yale School of Nursing Adult Nurse Practitioner Program

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Trustees, Mercy Community Health
  • Board Emeritus, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
  • Faculty, Connecticut Department of Corrections Hospice Volunteer Training Program

Organizations:

  • Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
 

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Statement:  

Works collaboratively with Palliative Care Team to provide comprehensive assessment, symptom management, and support for patients and families facing serious and/or life threatening illness.

Education:

  • BS Nursing - University of Connecticut
  • MS Nursing - Quinnipiac University
  • Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Committee Work: Clinical Adjunct, University of St. Joseph

Email: easkinaz@stfranciscare.org 

 

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Statement:  

Work with Palliative Care interdisciplinary team to help patients and their families facing life threatening illnesses and manage distressing symptoms affecting one's quality of life.

Education:  

  • BS Nursing - Saint Joseph College
  • MS Nursing - Sacred Heart University
  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Clinical Adjunct - Yale University, Quinnipiac University -
Teaching APRN students Palliative Care/Symptom Management

Organization:

  • Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Association

Email: Dmonahan@stfranciscare.org 

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Statement:  

Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works on the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Team providing supportive counseling to patients and their families regarding adjustment to illness, goals of care, bereavement, and other psychosocial issues.

Education:  

  • BA - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MSW - Southern Connecticut State University

Committee Work: Ethics Committee

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Henry Schneiderman, M.D., is the Palliative Care Champion for Saint Francis Care. He graduated from Tufts School of Medicine in 1976, and is boarded in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has helped train more than a generation of practitioners in this community, emphasizing skills and philosophy of care that he practices: getting to know each patient and family very well; examining patients with care and respect; learning the patient's values; and forming a plan of care that incorporates shared goals of care and respects the patient's right to choose what is and is not acceptable.

Dr. Schneiderman emphasizes that the control of symptoms - palliative care - extends way beyond the familiar issues of pain and nausea, is vital to curative treatment for serious diseases, and is valuable in many situations that are not as dire as the better-known end-of-life Hospice settings. He believes passionately that the patient who is helped with suffering in both body and spirit possesses a much greater capacity to fight illness, whether the illness is serious or lesser, temporary or ongoing, curable or fatal. Dr. Schneiderman’s enthusiastic teamwork led to his being named Nurse Practitioner Advocate of the Year for Connecticut in 2014.