September has been a banner month for Associate Professor Beth Black, PhD, RN.
On September 1, after five years of planning and hard work on the board of Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County), the organization opened its doors to its first families with children who are terminally ill, and aims to accept pediatric patients for palliative care in time.
“It is my honor to see this dream finally come to fruition,” said Black, who currently serves as president of the board for Transitions. “Comprehensive palliative and end of life care dedicated to children has to this point been non-existent in central and eastern NC; it was clear from my research with families with children with congenital defects that they had no community support when going home with their terminally ill infant. We now have a fully trained staff for the peds program and thanks to the generosity of a donor who has funded the start-up, we are now accepting families into our Transitions Kids program.”
As a result of her leadership at Transitions LifeCare, Black was recently selected by the Triangle Community Foundation to attend the Harvard Business School Initiative for Not-for-Profit Excellence, a four-day intensive leadership training program focused on excellence in governance. As a HBS Initiative alum, Black will become part of the Triangle’s “Harvard Hundred,” a group of not-for-profit business leaders who meet several times each year with the goal of exchanging and creating ideas to invigorate not-for-profit enterprises in this area.
On September 11, another of Dr. Black’s projects was completed after a two-year effort to create a state-of-the-art/science book for healthcare providers across disciplines. The 18-chapter volume of contributed work covering various aspects of loss and bereavement involving pregnancy, infants and children, and entitled Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement, was published by Springer Press. Dr. Black served as senior co-editor and wrote or contributed to three chapters, including one collaboration with current DNP candidate, Rebecca Kabatchnick.
Congratulations to Dr. Black on these significant accomplishments!