SERVING EASTERN CONNECTICUT - SINCE 1985

Hospice & Palliative Care

Our Team

Medical

Vanessa Johnson, MD, MPH, Medical Director Center for Hospice Care

  • Eastern Connecticut Hematology, Oncology (ECHO)
  • Credentialed at The William W. Backus Hospital, Day Kimball Hospital and L + M Hospital
  • Medical School: Cornell University Medical College
  • Fellowship: Brown Medical School
  • Board Certification: Hospice/Palliative Medicine, Hematology, Oncology and Internal Medicine.

Michael J. Feltes, M.D., Medical Co-director Center for Hospice Care

  • L+M Hospital Medical Staff
  • Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University
  • Residency: New England Memorial Hospital
  • Fellowship: University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Certified

Kandhasamy Jagathambal, M.D., Medical Co-director Center for Hospice Care

  • Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology Associates, Norwich
  • Backus Hospital Affiliation
  • Medical School: Stanley Medical School, Madras, India
  • Internship: Grasslands Hospital
  • Residency: Methodist Hospital
  • Fellowship: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology/Hematology,
  • Blood Banking/Transfusion

Thinesh Dahanayake, M.D., Medical Co-director Center for Hospice Care

  • Pulmonary Physicians of Norwich
  • Backus Hospital Affiliation
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Residency: Christiana Care Health Systems
  • Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Disease/ Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Medicine

Elizabeth (Lisa) Bragaw, RPH, Pharm.D.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy: University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science: Northeastern University
  • Representative to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association

Sarah Hospod, RD, CD-N, CDE

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics: University of Rhode Island
  • Internship: University of Connecticut
  • Backus Hospital Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Lisa Orowson, RN, MSN, CWOCN

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Connecticut
  • Masters of Science in Nursing: University of Hartford
  • Wound, Ostomy and Continence Program: Wicks Educational Associates, Inc.
  • Backus Hospital Nurse Leader Wound and Ostomy

Nursing

This department includes Primary Care Nurses, APRNs, Per Diem Nurses, Admit Nurses and Hospital Liaisons.

Anne Marie Casaol, RN, BSN
Clinical Supervisor

Emma Dugas, RN, BSN
Clinical Supervisor

Counseling

This department includes Medical Social Workers, Spiritual Care Counselors, Bereavement Counselors and an Expressive Art Therapist.

Cathie Sedlack, LCSW
Supervisor of Counseling Services

Hospice Aides

This department includes Hospice Aides and provides in-service training to professionals.

Lisa Besse, RN
Clinical Educator and Hospice Aide Supervisor

Volunteer Department

Jeanette Brooks
Volunteer Program Administrator

Accreditations

  • Accreditations and Certifications:
  • We Honor Veterans
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2014
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2015
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2017