Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Certificaiton


At Cornerstone VNA Rochester

Doherty Receives Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Certificaiton

Rochester:  The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC), formerly the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®), has announced that Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Hospice & Palliative Care Director, at Cornerstone VNA has successfully achieved Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in hospice on June 7th, 2019.

Doherty has been working with Cornerstone VNA for the past 5 years, and has developed a successful Palliative Care program, which offically launched in September 2014.  The Palliative Care program at Cornerstone VNA provides specialized medical care for those experiencing the pain and anxiety of a complex illness.  In addition to the Palliative Care program, Doherty has helped to grow the Hospice program, which is now the largest nonprofit hospice provider in the area.  In 2016, she was recognized with the prestigious Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award for her work in Palliative Care and in 2017 she received the Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s Vocational Award for Health and Human Services.

“I feel fortunate to work for an organization that consistently puts the needs of the community first by developing new and innovative programs, like our Palliative Care program,” states Kelly Doherty.  Doherty adds, “I am proud to share that I am one of only twenty certified palliative care nurse practitioners in the State of New Hampshire.”

According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer, “We are very proud of Kelly’s achievements and we are very fortunate to have her on our team.”  Reynolds adds, “We have seen significant growth in our Palliative Care and Hospice services, which is a result of her leadership and passion in the work that we do at Cornerstone VNA.”

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 106 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.