Mary Kay Tyler Named Fellow by Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association


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​Mary Kay Tyler, Vice President of Quality for Hospice of the Western Reserve, recently achieved a distinction few others in her field can claim: she was named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing by the Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Association (HPNA). Mary Kay and Chief Clinical Officer Judy Bartel are two of only 68 HPNA Fellows in the United States. The Fellowship was awarded at the annual assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Invitations to become a HPNA Fellow are extended to members the association deems to be nursing experts and leaders in education, management, advanced practice and research. The honor is reserved for those who “provide evidence of progressive leadership in the field of palliative nursing” and “show significant commitment to the advancement of the art and science in the field of palliative nursing,” according to criteria on the HPNA website.

“I am honored to be named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing,” Mary Kay said. “It has been a truly humbling experience to care for patients at the end of their lives.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work with HPNA to advance the field of palliative nursing through service and education.”

In her current role, as Vice President of Quality, Mary Kay oversees corporate quality, compliance and HIPAA privacy at Hospice of the Western Reserve, and supervises and guides the quality, education and centralized medical records teams.

Prior to the appointment, Mary Kay served as Director of Pediatrics and Clinical Support Teams for 10 years. She supervised managers of the pediatric and clinical support teams, educated medical professionals at both the state and national levels about pediatric palliative care and served as an expert resource in the community.

“Mary Kay has demonstrated mastery in the field of palliative nursing,” said her supervisor Judy Bartel. “She has played an instrumental role in enhancing our pediatric palliative care program. It is now highly regarded as among the best in the nation, especially for perinatal hospice care. She demonstrates leadership in so many areas: strategic planning, quality management, compliance and education. She is adept at financial management, has a keen analytical mind and great interpersonal communications skills.”

Mary Kay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ursuline College and Master’s degree in Nursing from Kent State University. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and is board certified in Palliative Care Management/Administration.

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