Each year the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hosts a conference to highlight the latest in palliative medicine and high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care.

Exploring New Horizons for Palliative Care

April 10-11, 2014

In 2014, conference attendees heard from the top thinkers in palliative medicine and end-of-life care, and were introduced to new strategies for advancing palliative care advocacy.

From the opening keynote address by David Casarett, MD, to the closing address by Ira Byock, MD, our 6th annual conference truly had something for everyone. View the Conference Brochure. Make sure to join us next year as we continue building on the palliative care movement.

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Conference speakers and presentations

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shocked: The Curious Science of Bringing Back the Dead
David Casarett, MD, MA, Director, Hospice & Palliative Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The new science of resuscitation is changing the way we think about life and death, and allowing us to make more careful, thoughtful choices about what we truly want. Explore the boundaries of what is possible and decide for yourself if our lives have been changed—for better or for worse—by science. View presentation »

Creating Palliative Care Leaders: The ACE Program
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C, City of Hope, Duarte, CA / @sotisgreen
Excellence in palliative care requires skillful collaboration among staff to address the multi-faceted aspects of serious illness, yet few professionals have been trained in their leadership responsibility. This workshop described the impact of an intensive, five-year federally-funded leadership training program that is transforming the delivery of care for those with serious illness. View presentation »

Moving Palliative Care Upstream: Kaiser Palliative Care Clinic
Piyush Srivastava, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Diablo Service Area
This workshop was rich in information about setting up and operating a palliative care clinic, including the business case, stratification of patients, strategic outreach, data collection, and more. View presentation »

Deepening Spiritual Care in Long-Term Care Facilities: Hospice of Santa Barbara
Steve Jacobsen, Ed.D., Hospice of Santa Barbara
Rev. Laura Mancuso, MS, Hospice of Santa Barbara
Anthony Bonavita, M.Div, Hospice of Santa Barbara
Spiritual care is essential to high-quality palliative and end-of-life care, but the spiritual needs of people living in long-term care facilities are often overlooked. This innovative program uses community-based spiritual care counselors and volunteers to address the unmet spiritual needs in skilled nursing and retirement facilities. View presentation »

Improving Community-Based Palliative Care through Data:
A Suite of Practical Tools

Kathleen Kerr, BA, Consultant, Mill Valley, CA
Clinical and administrative leaders need data-driven approaches to planning and evaluating community-based palliative care. Examine the suite of data tools you can use to illustrate opportunities for creating or expanding services in your community. View presentation »

We’re All in This Together: Engaging the Public in Advance Care Planning
Judy (Citko) Thomas, JD, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California / @JudyThomasJD
What do patients really want when it comes to making treatment decisions? What are the core components of an effective advance care planning system? What has worked in past to engage the public in advance care planning. Get answers to these questions and more. View presentation »

Ensuring the Care Continuum: Conquering the Workforce Challenge
Helen McNeal, CSU Institute for Palliative Care
Caroline Boaz, CSU Institute for Palliative Care
Palliative care is powerful. It has the potential to increase the quality of care and patient satisfaction while lowering costs across the continuum. However, the key to sustaining these benefits for patients and families, and the health systems that cares for them, is a knowledgeable staff equipped with palliative care skills. View presentation »

Friday, April 11, 2014

Leveraging Technology & Twitter to Improve Palliative Care
Eric Widera, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center / @ewidera
Alex Smith, MD, University of California, San Francisco / @alexsmithmd
Conference attendees learned how to use technology to engage the public in palliative care and advance care planning. During this interactive session, attendees engaged in a live Tweet chat, brainstormed innovative technology ideas, and shared those ideas with the world. View presentation »

Storytelling as an Advance Care Planning Tool: Woodland Healthcare
Jeff Yee, MD, Woodland Healthcare
Joanne Hatchett, Woodland Healthcare
Engaging patients in advance care planning conversations can be complicated. In this interactive workshop, attendees discovered how a community pilot systematically used the power of storytelling as a tool to facilitate difficult discussions. View presentation »

Integrating Palliative Care in the ICU: Dignity Health
Sharon Lucas, MSW, LCSW, Compassionate Care Consulting
Brenda Downs, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, Dignity Health
William Nelson, RN, BSN, CHPN, Dignity Health
The ICU is expensive – it’s the source of hospitals’ highest costs and longest patient stays. Attendees found out how Dignity Health integrated palliative care into the ICUs at its 35 hospitals, what the results were, and how this model could be adapted to other organizations. View presentation »

Engaging Faith Leaders in the Community: Partners in Caring
Susan Keller, MA, MLIS, Community Network Journey Project
Patty Watson-Wood, RN, BSN, Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network
Vincent Nguyen, DO, Hoag Hospital
Marcia Penido, LCSW, MPH, Huntington Hospital
Chaplain Paul Moran, MDiv, MA, Dignity Health

Seriously-ill and dying individuals and their families often turn to faith communities for support during their illness. Attendees heard how four local communities  successfully increased the capacity of faith leaders to support and comfort the seriously ill and their loved ones. View presentation »

Kinder, Gentler & More Cost-Effective Care: The AIM Program
James McGregor, MD, Sutter at Home
Sharyl Kooyer, RN, BSN, Sutter Care at Home
The nationally-recognized Advanced Illness Management (AIM) Program helps coordinate health care services – hospital, outpatient and home care – so that patient’s specific wishes and needs are met at the right time and place. Attendees learned how AIM is improving the quality of life and easing the financial burden on patients, their families and the overall health care system. View presentation »

ePrognosis: Setting Expectations that Ease Suffering
Lindsey Yourman, MD, Scripps Mercy Hospital
As a healthcare professional, how do you help your seriously-ill patients and their families determine whether the harms of potential treatment outweigh the benefits? How do you give them the most accurate information about their illness and what to expect as it progresses? ePrognonsis, is a web-based, interactive tool that aids healthcare professionals in determining realistic expectations for our patients and their families. View presentation »

The Future of Caring in America: What Roles Will Hospice and Palliative Care Play?
Ira Byock, MD, Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth / @IraByock
We practice in unprecedented times. Demographic tides of old and chronically-ill people are rising and life-prolonging treatments for advanced diseases keep getting better. Now, major shifts in health service financing and delivery are pressuring providers to measurably improve quality and lower costs. Existing service lines and business models are threatened. Hospice and Palliative Care have opportunities to thrive, while leading authentic transformation in care. View presentation »