Hospice Providers Receive Hospice and Palliative Care Certifications

Compassus hospice nurse and aides provide high-quality and compassionate care to Florence and Huntsville community


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three North Alabama Compassus colleagues achieved hospice and palliative care certifications administered by the Hospice and Palliative Care Credentialing Center, an organization that provides specialty certification to health care professionals including advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses and hospice and palliative care administrators.


Brooke Vanderford, a registered nurse case manager in Florence, Alabama, achieved the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) designation. She works as a hospice field nurse to provide both routine and emergency assessments, as well as evaluate services to meet the needs of patients and their families. She began her career with Compassus as a volunteer coordinator and recently went back to school to earn her nursing degree.


“My highest priority is to create special journeys for my patients and their families, and this certification has allowed me to grow and improve the care I provide these special people in my community,” Vanderford said.


Hospice aides James Taylor Evans, of Florence, Alabama, and Whitney Slaten, of Huntsville, Alabama, earned Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA®) designations. They provide personal care, supportive services, education and light household duties. Both Evans and Slaten plan to become hospice nurses in the next few years.


“After high school I knew I wanted to help people, but I struggled to find the right fit until I joined Compassus,” said Evans. “With this certification and future nursing goals, I will be able to play a bigger role in a patient’s end-of-life journey.”


“This has been a rewarding experience for me,” added Slaten. “I truly love that I get to touch people’s lives each and every day and that what I do for them matters.”


Compassus – Huntsville serves patients and families in DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties. For more information, please visit our Huntsville page or call (256) 772-3144.