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Ms. Gatto’s entire career has focused on palliative nursing with a holistic focus. A graduate and president of the class of 1987 at William Paterson University, she has worked in various palliative care settings, including oncology and hospice. Her return to nursing school at New York University led to master’s and post-master’s degrees and board-certified palliative care management nurse practitioner (BC-PCM, NP) and holistic nurse practitioner (HNP) designations. Additionally, she holds credentials as a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) (state sites differ) and as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (AHN-BC). She has received numerous awards, scholarships and honors. In both graduate nurse practitioner programs, she was named both Distinguished Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Post Master Holistic Care Nurse Practitioner by NYU.

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As the director of palliative care services for the Bon Secours Health System Inc., Ms. Gatto’s charge is to create a standard of integrated holistic palliative care service programs throughout the continuum of care. This includes assessing system-wide needs, establishing education and policy standards, and integrating all processes that relate to the continuum of care.

During her graduate work at NYU Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Program she created a complementary alternative pain management protocol for Mount Sinai Medical Center Pain Task Force Committee, was involved with complementary alternative education for the NJ Task Force on Aging and Cancer, and was part of the government’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships Taskforce, where she was chosen to be part of the expert palliative care panel that developed and authored the center’s medical response and the redefinition of palliative care as it relates to a mass casualty event and disaster response.

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