• Connecting Palliative Care Patients and Resources

    November 26, 2019 | Blog
  • Meet Paradigm Health
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathy Molloy

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathy Molloy

     

    New Paradigm Health Social Worker Kathy Molloy has spent her entire career in the healthcare field doing social work in hospital, rehab and hospice care settings. With a degree in psychology and a master’s in social work, she understands that a team approach is crucial to providing successful and individualized care for a patient and their family. She can’t imagine a better group to join than her new Paradigm team.

    “I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with my psychology degree once I graduated,” says Molloy. “Someone suggested that I get a master’s in social work since there were so many options to work within with that type of degree. I am so thankful that I took that advice. It took me in a career direction that I love.”

    In her new role, Molloy will focus on palliative care patient and family assistance and offers that the social worker’s goal is to provide support to the patient and their family and offer education and resources to help as they navigate this stage of life with chronic illness. “Palliative care may be a stage of life that transitions to hospice care, but not always. I help the patient and family identify goals that are important to them and then help them locate the resources to make those goals a reality.”

    What drew Molloy to the Paradigm Health business model was how professional and genuinely positive leadership was, and how that was translating on a daily basis to care and support for their employees which ultimately led to better care for patients and their families.

    “Paradigm’s CEO Jeff Jarecki and I both grew up in the same hometown,” says Molloy. “I’ve known him for a long time and when I came in to interview for the open social worker position, I knew that he was not only ‘talking the talk’ but ‘walking the walk’ every day to make Paradigm a special place to work. That culture creates an atmosphere where everyone is working at their highest ability and feeling valued and supported. In turn, that trickles over into our level of care for those we are serving.”

    Since joining Paradigm Health in July, Molloy says she enjoys making all the working pieces fit together and after spending many years mostly in a hospital setting, is enjoying seeing folks in their homes, nursing and assisted living facilities and even hospitals. “It’s all about listening to needs and then connecting resources to those needs.”

    A booklet authored by Barbara Karnes called “Gone From My Sight,” talks about the dying process from a few months out to a month to days as a glimpse at what the upcoming months and days may hold — a journey that is different for each patient and family. “Understanding through education is powerful and even though it is difficult, talking openly about the process allows both patient and family to cope better with what can be expected. It isn’t exactly what will happen for each patient and their caregivers, but it allows for personal end-of-life goals to be set, managed and achieved.”

    “When I first came to work for Paradigm a few months ago, I was invited to a ‘self-care’ breakfast,” says Molloy. “I had no idea what that was. They explained that I could come and share with other Paradigm staff anything I wanted to talk about or share or any needs I might have. I’d never heard of anything like this before, but I was impressed that if this company wanted to care for me in this personal and invested way — it could only help me better care for those we were serving.”

    When not helping others navigate their way, you might find Molloy navigating her own way down a Colorado ski slope with her husband and sons, working outside in her yard or attending a concert at nearby Ruoff. “I was hired to grow our palliative care services, along with two new nurse practitioners, and I am so excited for what the future holds.”