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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center - Center for Advanced Digestive Care

Ostomy and Wound Care



ertified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses (CWOCN) are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and continence disorders. They are trained to address the physical, emotional and social issues that accompany ostomy surgery. Utilizing a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, our program focuses on comprehensive care for patients who require surgery with an ostomy.

Those who may require creation of an ostomy during surgery receive preoperative teaching in the outpatient setting and are followed throughout their stay in the hospital. Patients and their families are encouraged to attend an inpatient ostomy support group prior to discharge. A plan of care is developed for each patient in order to smoothly transition to the home after surgery.

After hospital discharge, our comprehensive outpatient ostomy care program focuses on providing routine follow up care, increasing access to resources, preventing peristomal skin complications and improving quality of life. For more information about the outpatient ostomy support groups, see the Events page.

Outpatient Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Services

Kelly Hicks, RN, BSN, CWOCN graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and is enrolled in the Adult Nurse Practitioner program at George Washington University. Kelly has 5 years of experience working with ostomy patients and recently worked with the Center to develop both inpatient and outpatient ostomy support groups.

Inpatient Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Services

Beatrice Forlizzi, BSN, RN-BC, CWOCN graduated from the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pace University. She is currently enrolled in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Beatrice has more than 21 years of experience in all aspects of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing.

Nora Sammon, RN, BSN, CWOCN graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Cleveland Clinic Turnball School of Enterostomal Therapy. Nora has six years of experience as a Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (CWOCN) and has been a nurse for nine years. Nora is currently pursuing a Master's degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kent State University.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding your ostomy or ostomy surgery or to make an outpatient appointment with a Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse, please contact us at 212-746-6030.