News & Events Palliative Care Program and the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics Newsletter National Task Force Releases 10 Measures of Quality Palliative and Hospice Care February 16, 2015 Patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses are less likely to experience unnecessary physical and emotional suffering if they receive palliative or hospice care that meets 10 key quality indicators, according to the findings of a two-year national project led by School of Nursing Independence Foundation Chair for Nursing/Palliative Care Sally A. Norton. The project’s findings and... Highland Chief of Medicine Earns Elite "Mastership" Recognition December 05, 2014 Robert McCann, M.D., has been selected as one of 55 U.S. physicians to receive Mastership recognition from the American College of Physicians for 2014-2015. ACP is a national organization of more than 100,000 board-certified internists. 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.