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Power of the Patient's Story is Oct. 21 Sischy Lecture Topic

September 23, 2014

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., will present the 2014 Sischy Lecture, “The Care of the Sick is a Work of Art,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.

New Palliative Care Book Co-Edited by Rochester Expert

March 06, 2014

Rochester expert Timothy E. Quill, M.D. is co-editor of a new book exploring the ethics of palliative care, the medical specialty that focuses on pain and symptom management, patient and family support, and help with decision making.

Quill Cited as Top Leader in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

October 01, 2013

Timothy E. Quill, M.D., an internationally recognized pioneer in palliative care and end-of-life decision making, was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine, the medical specialty focused on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses.

Highland Unveils Plans for Healing Garden

June 03, 2013

Highland Hospital revealed its plans to build a 3,300-square-foot healing garden in honor of a former patient who inspired the project.

Involving Other Providers in Palliative Care May Help Meet Growing Demand

March 06, 2013

As baby-boomers age and the number of people with serious chronic illnesses continues to rise, demand for experts in palliative medicine is sure to outstrip supply, according Timothy E. Quill, M.D., URMC professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities in the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care. In a perspective published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, Quill...

Ugly Disco Celebrates Groovy Decade of Giving

March 04, 2013

Dressed in vibrant bell-bottoms, afros, pink wigs, and platform shoes, Ugly Disco attendees have a history of going all-out to raise money for Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Providers Earn Certifications to Support Palliative Care Service

January 08, 2013

Three Highland Hospital physicians and a nurse practitioner have achieved certification and recertification in hospice and palliative care to enhance the quality of the hospital’s growing Palliative Care Consultation Service.

Listening in, Researchers Learn About End-of-Life Communication

May 31, 2012

What is the best way to talk to someone about prognosis and quality of life when serious illness strikes? It turns out that no one had studied that question through direct observation, until the University of Rochester Medical Center audio-recorded 71 palliative care discussions. The data is published online in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Eight Members of URMC Family Lauded for Achievements

March 29, 2012

Eight out of 20 Health Care Achievement Awards presented today by the Rochester Business Journal were captured by physicians, a dentist, nurse, staff and a volunteer within the URMC health care network. URMC winners spanned every category in the competition.

Rochester Physician Leads National Palliative Care Organization

March 22, 2012

Timothy E. Quill, M.D., director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Palliative Care Program Achieves Top National Certification

November 28, 2011

In the latest development in its decades-long leadership in the area of palliative care, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program is one of the first nationwide to earn advanced certification from the Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Expert on Palliative Care to Be Honored

November 10, 2009

A Rochester physician is being honored by the leading national organization in palliative care and has been elected to a leadership post within the organization. Timothy E. Quill, M.D., director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will receive the Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award at the annual meeting of the...

Massage Therapy Talk April 28 at Wilmot Cancer Center

April 14, 2009

People with cancer can learn about the use of massage therapy to relieve tension and pain during a talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Region’s Only Inpatient Palliative Care Unit to Open at Strong

March 24, 2009

The University of Rochester Medical Center will celebrate the opening of the region’s only hospital-based palliative care unit, at Strong Memorial Hospital, with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 6.

Palliative Care Now a Division of Department of Medicine

March 18, 2009

Palliative Care, recently recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, has become a division of the Department of Medicine.

Early Palliative Care Interventions Linked to Shorter MICU stays for Patients with Life-Threatening Illnesses

June 11, 2007

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that early palliative care interventions can reduce the length of stay for seriously ill patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) by more than seven days without having an impact on mortality rates.

Employees, Teams Receive Board Excellence Awards

March 28, 2006

During the annual meeting of the University of Rochester Medical Center Board on March 27, Board Chairman Robert Hurlbut presented the Chairman’s Excellence Awards to employees whose professional and personal standards exemplify quality patient care.

Local Experts Discuss Palliative Care for Serious Illness

September 07, 2005

Local experts on pain management during serious illness such as cancer will participate in a panel discussion set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.

URMC Palliative Care Program Receives National Recognition

July 21, 2005

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has awarded the University of Rochester Medical Center its annual “Circle of Life” Citation of Honor award in recognition of the Medical Center’s community-based palliative care/end-of-life care initiative, research programs, and education for medical students and residents.

UR Researchers to Study Palliative Care Services in Hospitals

June 07, 2005

A team of University of Rochester researchers, led by a UR School of Nursing professor, will investigate how palliative care services work in an acute hospital setting.

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