Get to Know…Julia Choate, RN

| By Jodi Horton

Editor’s Note: This column features people who keep things running behind the scenes and those who are on the “front lines,” providing care to our patients. All of the Casa employees and volunteers have been asked to answer five questions. The first three emphasize their hospice care work and the last two give you just a little taste of who they are besides a hospice worker or volunteer.

Julia Choate, RN, Quality & Compliance Director

Julia Choate, RN, Quality & Compliance Director

Q: What brought you to hospice care?

A: I had worked for Lynette and Agnes (founders of Casa de la Luz Hospice) in the home health arena. I had referred patients to hospice, but never had any personal experience until my mom died. I officially started with Casa within a month of my mom’s death and truly believe in our mission.

Q: What is your goal in your position?

A: My goal as the Quality & Compliance Director is to make sure Casa is compliant with all state and federal regulations. I also want to support the staff in any way possible so that they can focus on providing the superior care they aim for every day.

Q: In your opinion, what value does hospice care bring to healthcare?

A: Research has demonstrated that patients and families are happier with the quality of care provided by hospice at end-of-life, and the cost of patient care is less for patients on hospice. A win-win!

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Reading is my favorite activity in my spare time.

Q: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I always wanted to be a nurse. I was even a “candy-striper” during my middle school years.

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