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

Ostomy and Wound Care

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Certified 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 (the creation of an outlet to a bag outside the body to collect wastes). Utilizing a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, we provide comprehensive care for patients who require surgery with an ostomy, such as some colorectal cancer patients.

Those who may need ostomy surgery receive teaching before the operation, on an outpatient basis, and are followed throughout their stay in the hospital. Patients and their families are encouraged to attend an inpatient ostomy support group before they go home. We develop a plan of care for each patient to smooth the transition home after surgery.

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

The CADC also offers a 1-to-1 patient support program designed to connect patients to talk and learn from each other by phone. This program connects patients with similar ostomy stories to allow for personalized support while maintaining anonymity.

Outpatient Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses

Kelly Hicks, NP, CWOCN, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and The George Washington University Graduate School of Nursing. Kelly has eleven years of experience working with ostomy patients and currently holds the position of president-elect of the Metro North chapter of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Associate. Additionally, Kelly created and runs the CADC's monthly output patient support group.

Inpatient Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses

Beatrice Forlizzi, MSN, RN-BC, CWOCN, graduated from the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pace University and received her Master's of Science Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from The City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Beatrice has more than 24 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 eight years of experience as a Certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (CWOCN) and has been a nurse for thirteen years. Nora is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Nursing, Leadership and Mangement from Benedictine University and will graduate in December of 2014.

Monica Cabrera, RN-BC, MSN, CNS, CWOCN, graduated from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and received her Master's Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center. Monica has been a nurse for ten years and has three years' experience as a board-certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse (CWOCN).

Danielle Hunton, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN, CWOCN, graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Nursing Education from Pace University. Danielle has been a nurse for six years and is board-certified in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing.

Ekta Vohra RN-BC, CWOCN, graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in nursing. She is certified in wound ostomy continence nursing. Etka has been a nurse for three years, and joined the Center for Advanced Digestive Care in October of 2014.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding your ostomy or ostomy surgery or wish to make an outpatient appointment with a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, please contact us at 212-746-6030.