Fall Seminar in New York Responds to Public Demand for Palliative Care

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care is hosting a fall seminar for healthcare professionals on how to establish palliative care programs in hospitals. Leading experts provide practical information on how to plan, organize, fund and manage a successful palliative care program. The seminar will be held at the Westin Times Square in New York on October 25-27, 2004.

Responding to the growing demand for palliative care, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is hosting a fall seminar for healthcare professionals who want to establish or strengthen palliative care programs in hospitals. The Seminar, “Building Palliative Care Programs in Hospitals: Tools and Strategies for Success” will be held at the Westin Times Square in New York on October 25-27, 2004. Palliative care is medical care focused on the relief of suffering and support for best possible quality of life for patients facing serious illness and their families.

Dr. Diane E. Meier, Executive Director of The Center to Advance Palliative Care said, “Recent reports indicate that the number of palliative care programs across the country has risen 90% in less than five years. In response to increased public and professional demand for palliative care, we feel the time is right to educate and train additional healthcare professionals on how to start and sustain a quality palliative care program. The Center to Advance Palliative Care, which has hosted eight previous highly-rated Seminars for over two thousand health professionals, is uniquely positioned to continue building the field.”

Confirmed Seminar speakers include the following leading palliative care experts: Dr. Diane E. Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care; Dr. Sean Morrison, Director of Research at the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Dr. Charles F. von Gunten, Medical Director of San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care; and Martha L. Twaddle, Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director of Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the North Shore.

This seminar is intended for healthcare managers, including physicians, nurses, administrators, and others responsible for hospital or health system-based palliative care programs. Institutional teams are encouraged to attend. This program is approved for 21 Hours, Category I (Physician CME Credit), and Nursing Accreditation is available.

More information on The Center to Advance Palliative Care and the fall seminar can be found at: http://www.capc.org or by calling CAPC at (212) 201-2680.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative, provides hospitals and other healthcare settings with tools, technical assistance and site visits necessary to start or strengthen palliative care programs in hospitals.

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