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Palliative Care Program and the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics Newsletter

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


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


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


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


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


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 suggests that arming generalists and other specialists with primary palliative care skills is a practical, cost-effective and sustainable way to expand the delivery of palliative care.

Ugly Disco Celebrates Groovy Decade of Giving


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Massage Therapy Talk April 28 at Wilmot Cancer Center


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Local Experts Discuss End-of-Life Issues June 9 at Greece Apollo


National expert on end-of-life care Timothy Quill, M.D., will lead a community discussion on advanced directives at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

Center for Palliative Care and Clinical Ethics Created


Patients, their families and medical professionals can turn to a new Center for Palliative Care and Clinical Ethics to seek out expert help to cope with some of the troubling circumstances that can accompany serious illness.

UR Proposes New Ways to Help Patients Make Decisions


Suppose a patient is faced with whether to continue or stop a treatment. The patient’s values, fears, understanding of science and mathematical odds, and many other factors make the decision complex and the doctor’s input crucial. In the May 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team from the University of Rochester Medical Center offers a blueprint for physicians on how to present the facts in a consumer-oriented medical world.

Palliative Care Programs Expand at Strong


Patients who suffer from severe and life-threatening illness will find new relief at Strong Memorial Hospital, thanks to a grant for massage therapy, live harp music, and bereavement coordination programs.

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