Transition Care


Marlene Goodale, MSN, RN

Marlene Goodale, MSN, RN is an acute care nurse with a strong interest in health literacy and transition care especially in discharge planning. She has over 30 years of experience in health care and works in the intensive care unit (ICU) at UMASS- Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough, MA. Her background includes ICU head nurse and educator, American Heart Association ACLS facilitator, and nurse educator for childbirth classes. She also serves as an adjunct faculty for Worcester State University’s BSN program.

She has been an active participant in the Central Mass Health Literacy Project with a focus on the adult population. She has been involved with Elder Services in developing a program for community-based coaches. The collaboration between health care providers and community health workers who serve older adults may lead to increased health literacy skills and decreased hospital readmissions. This program is based on the 13 diagnoses most commonly responsible for high readmission rates. This project, along with two fellow nurses was chosen to present a panel discussion at the annual Health Literacy Research Conference in Bethesda, Maryland in 2012.

Elder Services of Worcester continue to call on her for additional educational workshops for the staff of transition coaches. Presently she is involved in developing a research tool for patient discharges from the hospital setting to home 



Goodale, M., & Chalupka, S (2014). Implementation of Health Literacy Practices in Designing a Program for Reduction in Hospital Readmissions from Door to Home. Poster presented at the 2014 UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, November 7, 2014.


Wong, B., Goodale, M., Schmohl, P. & Keenan, A. (2012).  Implementation of health literacy practices in designing training programs for community based transition care coaches to reduce hospital readmissions. Selected for podium presentation at the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, Bethesda, MD, October 22, 2012.