Hospice conference this weekend

Cayman
Islands HospiceCare will hold its second palliative care conference this
weekend with a host of speakers from renowned institutions in Canada and the
United States.

The
2010 Palliative Care Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 June,
at the Marriott Grand Cayman on West Bay Road.

The
organisation held its first conference in 2008.

Jennifer
Grant-McCarthy, Cayman HospiceCare’s fund-raising manager and the conference
coordinator, said the inaugural conference provided an opportunity to introduce
education on palliative and end-of-life care.

“We
aim to build on the foundation of our inaugural conference in 2008 by continuing
with several of the education on palliative and end-of-life care modules as a
guide,” she said.

“With
this conference, our goal is to broaden palliative and end-of-life education
and encourage not only our own staff but also our interdisciplinary colleagues,
who share the same challenges and responsibilities as we do in hospice and palliative
care,” she added.

Presenters
from Baptist Health South Florida; Johns Hopkins in Maryland; Suncoast Hospice,
St. Petersburg, Florida; and McGill

University,
Montreal, Canada will speak at the two-day event.

Among
the speakers is Neil MacDonald, MD, a medical oncologist and palliative care
physician who is the founding director of the McGill Cancer Nutrition
Rehabilitation Programme, Department of Oncology at McGill University. His
special interests are related to studies on the aetiology and treatment of
anorexia-cachexia and fatigue. He will speak on “End of Life Nutrition”.

Joan
Christie, MD, medical director of Silver Team Suncoast Hospice, is an associate
professor at the University of

South
Florida, and has research interest in pain management and end of life care for
intensive care patient. She will speak on Friday on the subject of the “Last
Hours of Living”.

Thinh
H. Tran, MD, chief medical and quality officer and corporate vice president for
quality and patient safety at Baptist Health South Florida, will speak on “Gaps
in End of Life Care”.

Lynn
Billing, nurse coordinator for the Harry J. Duffey Pain and Palliative Care
Service at The Kimmel Cancer Centre at Johns

Hopkins
Hospital has been an oncology nurse for much of her 16-year nursing career and
she will give a presentation on “Common Physical Symptoms”.

Rual
E. DeVelasco, MD, director of clinical ethics with the University of Miami
Ethics Programmes and Voluntary Associate

Professor
of Medicine with University of Miami School will give a module on “Medical
Futility”.

Sydney
Dy, MD, is the physician leader of the Harry J. Duffey Pain and Palliative Care
Program at the Kimmel Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an associate
medical director at Community Hospice of Maryland. Her research and health
policy work focuses on evidence-based palliative care and developing and
evaluating quality measures for end-of-life care, particularly in oncology. She
will speak on the subject of “No Pain Symptoms”.

Most
of the participants will be from Grand Cayman, with HospiceCare sponsoring
other delegates to come from Little Cayman, Cayman Brac and other Caribbean
islands.

For
more information, call 945-7447 or email [email protected]

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