Palliative Care
is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness to improve quality of life for the patient and the family.
If you are experiencing pain and anxiety from a complex illness, our Palliative Care team can provide you with specialized medical care that focuses on managing your symptoms.  We will work together with you, your family and your physician(s) to help you understand your treatment options, giving you more control over your illness, and improving your quality of life.

Our Palliative Care department is led by a Doctor of Internal Medicine as Director and our clinical staff hold Master’s Degrees in nursing. We’re proud to have an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with advanced certifications in hospice and palliative care in our team.

  • Physician Services
  • Registered Nurses, Certified Hospice/Palliative Care Nurses (CHPN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Volunteers

Andrew Kunkemueller,
MD

Palliative Care Medical Director

Christine Dumont,
MSN, APRN, CPNP, AGNP-C

Community Palliative Care Manager

Kathy Boyd,
MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Hayley Bustos,
MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN

Nurse Practitioner

Alexa Gordon,
MSN, FNP-BC, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

  • Symptom management
  • Medication management
  • Goals of care discussions
  • Guidance regarding complex treatment choices
  • Assistance with Advance Directives
  • In-hospital follow-up visits
  • Coordination of at home follow-up visits
  • Our Nurse Practitioners are experienced in chronic care management and geropsychiatric care.
  • Patients experience improved quality of life and decreased re-hospitalizations with symptom management and patient education.

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness including Heart Failure, COPD, Cancer, Dementia, Chronic Renal Failure, Diabetes Complications, Multiple Sclerosis, frailty or Malnutrition, and other chronic illnesses. Patients can receive Palliative Care services while still receiving curative treatment for their disease, and it is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease.

If you are homebound, Home Care Palliative Nurse visits will be covered under all insurances accepted by Cornerstone VNA.

If you are not homebound, our Community Palliative Care Nurse visits may be covered under Medicare Part B or an approved commercial payer program (ask for a list) and will be billed to the insurance like any other medical procedure.

A referral to Cornerstone VNA Palliative Care can be made by you, a family member or a physician. In-hospital medical consultations are provided at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital by a Cornerstone VNA Palliative Care Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

Palliative Care Team

Our Palliative Care department is led by a Doctor of Internal Medicine as Director and our clinical staff hold Master’s Degrees in nursing. We’re proud to have an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with advanced certifications in hospice and palliative care in our team.

  • Physician Services
  • Registered Nurses, Certified Hospice/Palliative Care Nurses (CHPN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Volunteers

Andrew Kunkemueller,
MD

Palliative Care Medical Director

Christine Dumont,
MSN, APRN, CPNP, AGNP-C

Community Palliative Care Manager

Kathy Boyd,
MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Hayley Bustos,
MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN

Nurse Practitioner

Alexa Gordon,
MSN, FNP-BC, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Specialized Care and Support
  • Symptom management
  • Medication management
  • Goals of care discussions
  • Guidance regarding complex treatment choices
  • Assistance with Advance Directives
  • In-hospital follow-up visits
  • Coordination of at home follow-up visits
Highlights
  • Our Nurse Practitioners are experienced in chronic care management and geropsychiatric care.
  • Patients experience improved quality of life and decreased re-hospitalizations with symptom management and patient education.
Eligibility

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness including Heart Failure, COPD, Cancer, Dementia, Chronic Renal Failure, Diabetes Complications, Multiple Sclerosis, frailty or Malnutrition, and other chronic illnesses. Patients can receive Palliative Care services while still receiving curative treatment for their disease, and it is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease.

If you are homebound, Home Care Palliative Nurse visits will be covered under all insurances accepted by Cornerstone VNA.

If you are not homebound, our Community Palliative Care Nurse visits may be covered under Medicare Part B or an approved commercial payer program (ask for a list) and will be billed to the insurance like any other medical procedure.

A referral to Cornerstone VNA Palliative Care can be made by you, a family member or a physician. In-hospital medical consultations are provided at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital by a Cornerstone VNA Palliative Care Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

Have Questions? We Have Answers.

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness.  It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a diagnosis, such as cancer, dementia, heart disease, lung disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MS (multiple sclerosis) or any illness that causes distressing symptoms.  Patients can receive Palliative Care services while still receiving curative treatment for their disease.

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Cornerstone VNA has received many local and national accolades in recognition of positively impacting the lives of families through their compassionate, high-quality care.

  • Cornerstone VNA took the regional lead in developing a community palliative care program. Once again, their leaders, team and board took an initiative to fill a new dimension in health care. It’s my pleasure to speak out in their support and underwrite their programs.
    Dr. John HopkinsBellamy and Watson Fields, Dover
    Palliative care at Cornerstone VNA successfully integrates best supportive care for patients with serious chronic illnesses who are undergoing active treatment. The Palliative Care Team includes skilled professionals who help with clear and sensitive communication between patients and families, and their medical team.
    Dr. Archana Bhargava, MD
    I feel very fortunate to have Cornerstone VNA. Everyone is so wonderful. They treat me like family and they’ve helped me so much.
    Palliative Care Patient
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