Treasure Health Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services Recognized as Social Worker of the Year by NASW FL Treasure Coast Unit

March 27, 2018 | Treasure Health

Nardone receives NASW Florida Treasure Coast Unit Social Worker of the Year award. From left NASW Treasure C0ast Unit Co-Chair Susana Lopez-Sierra, Treasure Health Grief Counselor Oralea Marquardt and Jacki Nardone

Jacki Nardone, Treasure Health Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services, was recently recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Treasure Coast Unit as the 2018 Social Worker of the Year. This distinction, which is awarded to social workers who make a demonstrable difference in the social work profession, was presented during NASW’s Annual Social Work Month Celebration on March 23.

“I am honored to be recognized by the NASW Florida Treasure Coast Unit,” said Nardone. “I am extremely proud to be part of such a compassionate profession whose mission is to serve people by helping them to solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives such as trauma, loss and grief. I truly believe that we all have the responsibility to make a difference in our world; we have to be the good. It is this belief that motivates me every day.”

This year, Nardone is celebrating her 20th anniversary at Treasure Health, where she began her career as a youth counselor and coordinator. Over the years, Nardone helped expand the offerings available to the community, including developing innovative grief support and pediatric programs and providing clinical supervision for more than 25 students and licensure interns.  In addition, she has helped secure nearly $4 million in grants during the past 20 years to support bereavement programs and services. Today, Nardone leads the grief support program, overseeing a team of 10 counselors who are available to the community for both individual and group counseling sessions.

Nardone graduated from The University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and received her Master’s Degree of Social Work from Barry University. She obtained a License in Clinical Social Work in 2001.  Before joining Treasure Health, Nardone worked in a psychiatric hospital and a domestic violence shelter, where she counseled many individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.

About Treasure Health

Treasure Health is a non-profit organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to partner with patients, families and the community to enable well-being through extraordinary care, specialized services and life-enhancing education.  Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties.  Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers a family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

About NASW

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

March 27, 2018 | Treasure Health
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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

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Five Wishes ®

“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your “Five Wishes ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.