ExpiredHospice & Palliative Care Conference

  • November 15, 2018
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Keeping the Patient Voice Alive:

The Best Care Possible at the End of Life

Thursday,  November  15, 2018
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave
Concord, NH

Conference Description

The Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference is a full day event that brings together colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance and to advance and improve patient care. Healthcare professionals who serve persons with progressive, non-curative illness and their families will find this conference useful with compelling and timely topics.  Specifically, physicians, nurses, LNAs, pharmacists, long term care providers, social workers, administrators, chaplains, spiritual care providers, bereavement specialists, volunteers and other health care providers.


7:30-8:00 Registration, Refreshments & Exhibits
8:00– 8:15 Welcome, Janice McDermott, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care, & Andrea Patrick– Baudet, Vice President of Hospice, Concord Regional VNA & Hospice
8:15-9:15 From Patient Centered to Family Centered: A Story Of a Husband’s Illness & Choices at End of Life, Debbie Parker-Oliver, PhD, MSW, Professor, University of Missouri
9:15– 10:15 Harnessing the Healing Power of Stories, Annie Brewster, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Executive Director, Health Story Collaborative
10:15– 10:45 Break, Refreshments & Exhibits
10:45—12:00 The Road to Patient & Family Engagement; Are Patients Getting What They Want? Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH, Director, Patient and Family Engagement, Foundation for Health Communities
12:00– 1:00 Lunch
1:00—2:00 Breakout Sessions
Community Engagement Activities to Promote Advance Care Planning, Shawn LaFrance, MPH, Cheshire Medical Center Advanced Care Planning Conversations for Persons Living with Dementia, Panel Discussion, Rachel Russo, RN, BSN, John Saroyan, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, HMDCB, Tim Caldwell, Esq., Pat Coughlin, MSW. Facilitated by Ruth Thomson, DO, MBA The Hospice & EMS Interface: Challenges, Solutions & Protocols, Phil Lawson, MD, Littleton Regional Healthcare Living While Dying, documentary by Cathy Zheutlin, discussion session facilitated by Janet Prescott
2:00– 2:15 Break, Refreshments & Exhibits
2:15—3:30 Supporting the Desire to Die at Home… What Defines Success or Failure? Ruth Thomson, DO, MBA, Medical Director, Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, Director of Hospice Services, Section of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
3:30—4:00 Raffles, Evaluation & Closing Remarks
4:00 Adjourn, Turn in Evaluations & Receive CE/CME Certificates
This is a paper light conference, handouts for each session available at homecarenh.org  by November 5.

Pre-Event Dinner & Program

The pre event dinner is facilitated by Don McDonah, MD, and includes short presentations on timely topics along with networking and dinner buffet (bar available).  Included in our program will be Nancy Formella, MSN,RN,FACHE who will speak about The Relationship Between Advanced Directives and Care Concordance.  Stay for the night and join us for the conference the next day!  See their website for details, grapponeconferencecenter.com.

Exhibits, Raffles and Silent Auction

Attendees are encouraged to peruse the exhibits during registration, breaks and lunch.  Exhibits include agencies vendors and a variety of books, from the Toadstool Bookshop. Silent auction items and raffle will be available for bidding and winners will be announced at the end of the day.

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Concord Hospital and Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH.  The Concord Hospital is accredited by the NH Medical Society Council on Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Concord Hospital Continuing Medical Education Program designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been submitted to Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award contact hours.  Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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70 Constitution Ave., Concord, New Hampshire

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