July/August 2002

End-of-Life Care Educational Program Designed for Care Teams


To help multidisciplinary care teams realize the benefits of attending the program together, Catholic Health Initiatives will require a minimum of two and a maximum of five registrants from any market-based facility.

Each year, more than a million Americans die, some of them in a great deal of pain and distress. To equip multidisciplinary care teams with the clinical competencies necessary to help patients and residents die in comfort and dignity, Catholic Health Initiatives has organized its first End-of-Life Care Educational Program. The program, to be held January 17-19, 2003, at the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz., will combine didactic sessions, videotape presentations, interactive discussions and practical exercises. "The materials and curriculum have been designed with the help of nationally respected experts in end-of-life care," said Hal Ray, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. The program is designed to enable attendees to:
  • Understand the Catholic perspective on end-of-life care.
  • Increase competency for delivering comprehensive, collaborative end-of-life care.
  • Identify barriers to and opportunities for the planning of next steps.
  • Identify the roles and contributions of physicians and other professionals in end-of-life care. Physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral care providers and other caregivers are invited to attend.
Scheduled presentations include:
  • Frank Ferris, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care Standards and Outcome Measures at San Diego Hospice, on communication during end-of-life care.
  • James Cleary, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Palliative Care Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, on pain and symptom management.
  • Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics and Senior Associate Dean at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, on Catholic imperatives for end-of-life care.
  • Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, on our organization’s commitment to improving quality of life care.
Attendees will be able to choose from concurrent breakout sessions on topics such as comprehensive care assessment, advanced care planning, medical futility, hospice care and other subjects of interest to caregivers. These sessions will be led by nationally known speakers as well as Catholic Health Initiatives national and market-based leaders. The program content is a modification of the American Medical Association’s Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program. The attending teams will also have the opportunity to share best practices and develop a plan for enhancing end-of-life care at their facilities. The registration fee is $200 per person, with a $50 discount for those who register by October 11. All registrations must be received by December 9. CME credits are available, and a certificate of attendance will be issued to all other attendees. Registration forms will be distributed in early September. For more information or to request a registration form, contact Rosemarie Wehrly at rosemariewehrly@chi-national.org or 303/383-2696.