West Jefferson Oncologists Recognized By Heart Of Hospice

Heart of Hospice Champions of Excellence awards presentation to Dr. Nagarajan Chandrasekaran (Dr. “Sekar”) and Dr. Robert Kessler of the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center.

MARRERO, LA – Heart of Hospice has recognized Dr. Nagarajan Chandrasekaran (Dr. “Sekar”) and Dr. Robert Kessler of the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center as 2016 recipients of Heart of Hospice Champions of Excellence awards.

         Selected for offering exemplary and compassionate care when their patients transition through the palliative care spectrum to hospice care, both physicians were honored during an award presentation at West Jefferson attended by their staff and officials of Heart of Hospice, last week, at the Cancer Center.

         “This is the first year for these awards, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the winners,” Carla Davis, Chief Executive Officer at Heart of Hospice, said. “The recipients exemplify excellence in caring for people with advanced illness. They serve as beacons in their communities by being role models of quality comprehensive care. We are enormously proud to honor them.”

         “Dr. Kessler has been a beacon of healing within the Westbank Community,” Wendy LaCaze, RN, Administrator with Heart of Hospice, said. “I have had the pleasure of working with him to provide families with options, advocating for them during a very vulnerable period in their lives. His dedication to the patients and families who trust him is not limited to banker’s hours. He’s been known to round on his hospital patients at 4:00 a.m. because he says, ‘That’s where my patients are.’”

         “Dr. Sekar is a stabilizing force in the Oncology community,” LaCaze said. “In addition to being very well versed in the treatment of cancers, he deeply understands palliative and end-of-life care. Dr. Sekar values clear communication with families and makes himself available to the Heart of Hospice to meet the patients’ and loved ones’ needs.”

         According to Davis, Heart of Hospice asked its team of clinicians in the regions they serve across Louisiana to select a recipient in their community for the award. Criteria used to evaluate candidates was based on components of a comprehensive quality care program. Heart of Hospice believes the components are essentially the building blocks for achieving excellence in the field of hospice and palliative care services.

         The recipients were assessed on the following: 


• Provides care and services that are responsive to the needs and exceeds the expectations of those they serve 

• Upholds high standards of ethical conduct and advocates for the rights of patients and their caregivers

• Promotes inclusiveness in the communities they serve by ensuring that all people have access to programs and services.


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