Bayberry Commons-A Case Study in Palliative Care

Led by team captain, Sue Cornell, Bayberry Commons set out to improve Palliative Care for their residents and families. Learn how they achieved outstanding results.

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Susan Cornell

Nursing Home Administrator

Susan Cornell is a Registered Dietitian and a nursing home administrator with over with over 25 years' experience working in long-term care. She has worked as a consultant dietitian servicing area nursing homes for 8 years, was the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Woonsocket Health Center for 8 years and is currently the administrator at Bayberry Commons nursing home in Pascoag. RI. Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Penn State University and completed her dietetic internship at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Susan successfully steered Bayberry Commons in being awarded the RIHCA Quality Award in 2011 and the AHCA national Silver Quality Award in 2012. She is featured in a live interview discussing how to bring about positive change to nursing homes as a website accompaniment to Meeting the Leadership Challenge in Long Term Care (a book co-written by Barbara Frank, Cathy Brady and David Farrell). Susan was a speaker at the AHCA Quality Symposium in 2013 illustrating the changes to Bayberry Commons titled “Nursing Home in Need to a Nursing Home in the Lead”. Susan enjoys sharing the innovations and best practices from her nursing home at seminars throughout the state of RI. These include CAMP which stands for Centered Activity Memory Program which provides a day full of activities for residents with dementia, a tray-less dining system and an in-house Palliative Program.

Susan is the co-chair of the Rhode Island Quality Committee and is a firm believer that good system= good outcomes (thank you Pam Bibeault).

Susan was most recently selected for the Rhode Island Distinguished Administrator of the Year in 2015.


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