As the DoPS, Tavano is responsible for providing clinical leadership and directing the delivery of care and services for patients and families served by Hospice of the North Country. As a member of the leadership team she will help shape and execute a strategic plan that is designed to ensure patients and families receive exceptional end-of-life care by compassionate and skilled health care professionals. “I am very honored to be a part of such a wonderful agency that provides care and support to patients and their families during a time when they need it the most,” said Tavano.
Tavano has extensive experience in hospice care, acute care nursing, health and nutritional education, and emergency preparedness. Most recently, Tavano was the Essex County Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Prior to that, she was an Adjunct Lecturer and Clinical Instructor for the Nursing and Nutrition Department at Plattsburgh State University of New York. Previous to this, Tavano was the Public Health Nurse/Case Manager for the Clinton County Health Department. In this position, she was responsible for conducting visits with clients enrolled in the Medicaid Obstetrical Maternal Services and Improved Pregnancy Outcome Programs. While in this position she developed, implemented, and managed a Free Dental Cleaning Program. Additionally, Tavano was a Registered Nurse at Hospice of the North Country and CVPH Medical Center.
Tavano earned a Masters in Nursing with a Specialization in Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “Within the few weeks that Tracey has been the Director of Patient Services, she has made significant improvements that have had a positive impact on our patients and their families as well as our clinical staff,” said Kent W. Brooks, CHPCA, HONC CEO. “We are extremely pleased that Tracey is now part of our team.” The North Country has been Tavano’s home for the past forty years. She is deeply committed to volunteering her time for community service; Tracey volunteers for the American Red Cross and the Medical Reserve Corps. She participates in fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.