Hospice conference Oct. 19 at TTU

10.19.12

COOKEVILLE — The Upper Cumberland Regional Hospice Committee is currently planning its second annual hospice conference “Hospice: Communities Grow the More They Know” to be held on Friday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. at the TTU Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

The conference is open to the general public, anyone interested in end-of-life care and healthcare professionals including nurses, physicians, allied health staff, social workers, case managers, oncology and ICU staff, hospice volunteers and other interested healthcare staff.

The conference is a collaboration of several organizations and agencies in the Upper Cumberland region with an interest in hospice care. It is designed to promote the goal of the medical community, hospice services and the public working together in mutual understanding as they ethically, sensitively and expertly minister to the needs of the dying and grieving.

Presentation topics will include how changes in health care will impact the care of the dying and grieving, ethics and comprehensive pain management at the end of life, spiritual care in hospice, and self-care for nurses.

Also representatives from The Gift Initiative will discuss their community education collaborative led by Alive Hospice with partners from Vanderbilt University, Saint Thomas Health, Meharry Medical College, Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, and others in who recognize the need for better education about the benefits of planning in advance for serious illness and end-of-life care. and how to prepare for end-of-life.

The conference will feature renowned speakers who are experts in hospice care from across the state including Dr. James R. Meadows, Director of Palliative Medicine for Tennessee Oncology; Erie Chapman, MTS, JD, President and CEO of Chapman Health International, Inc.; Chet Gentry, MD, of Innovative Family Care and Medical Director of Caris Hospice; Chaplain Gene Lovelace, Alive Hospice; Anne Barker, MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Melinda Henderson, MD, CMD, FAAHPM Executive Director, CHOICES Long Term Services & Support and Medicare-Medicaid UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee and Teresa Quance, LMSW, from Alive Hospice.

The conference is free; however, a $15 application fee will be charged per person for contact hours and CME credits if needed.

Through the support of generous sponsors, a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for attendees. For more information, to request a conference brochure or to register for the conference, call the CRMC Foundation at 931-783-2037.

Sponsorship and booth opportunities are also available.

Conference co-providers are the Upper Cumberland Hospice Fund, CRMC Foundation, CRMC Ethics Committee, and the TTU Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

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