Hospice Education Network to Participate in Louisiana Prison Hospice Volunteer Conference

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The Hospice Education Network (HEN) will film this landmark conference and distribute the recorded conference sessions to hospice prison programs across the country.

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For people facing a terminal illness in a correctional facility, prison hospice programs provide a measure of compassion and dignity at the end of life.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) have invited the Hospice Education Network (HEN) to film the four-day prison hospice volunteer conference at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana from March 13 -16, 2012. At the conclusion of the conference, HEN will distribute the recorded conference sessions to prison hospice programs across the country at no charge. “We are honored to be a part of this very important project and delighted that, through the use of HEN technology, we can make the sessions from this landmark conference available to other prison hospice programs,” states Heather Wilson, CEO of the Hospice Education Network.

The hospice program at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is one of the leading programs in the nation that serves as a model for others. For people facing a terminal illness in a correctional facility, prison hospice programs provide a measure of compassion and dignity at the end of life. As with all hospice programs in the US, volunteers play an integral part in care delivery. This is no different in prison populations. The prison hospice volunteer conference, organized by LMHPCO, will allow additional prison hospice programs to learn the skills and processes that have been carefully developed at Angola. Louisiana currently has inmate hospice volunteer programs operating within five correctional facilities in Louisiana and one inmate hospice volunteer program operating at Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi.

Approximately 130 inmates from various state correctional facilities will participate in the hospice conference at Angola. Nationally recognized experts in hospice care and corrections programs who will present at the conference include: Ira Byock, MD; The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, PhD; Dr. Linda Redford, RN, PhD; and Carol McAdoo. These plenary speakers have waived their customary speaking fees. The Hospice Education Network will film all the plenary sessions and the session tracks geared for beginning hospice volunteers, and the advanced track for experienced volunteers.

About the Hospice Education Network:
The Hospice Education Network, established in 2007, is a leading provider of online education and training developed specifically for hospice and palliative care programs and professionals.

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