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A new location for education

November 4, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

From left to right: Dick Pahle of the Philip L. Van Every Foundation, HPCCR CEO Pete Brunnick, and Pall Crull, HPCCR Board Chair

From left to right: Dick Pahle of the Philip L. Van Every Foundation, HPCCR CEO Pete Brunnick, and Pat Crull, HPCCR Board Chair

Over the years, we have learned that education is crucial to the success of our organization. We know that once a person learns about hospice and understands its intrinsic value, they will become a lifelong and passionate advocate. We also realize that keeping our staff up-to-date with continuous education is a critical component of maintaining the exceptional care we offer. Education is so important that we’ve included it in our mission statement. It should come as no surprise, then, that Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region is taking education to an entirely new level.

We are proud to introduce our newest location, the Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center. This location will have a dual purpose – it will offer a space for specialized training for our clinical staff and will also have the capacity to host educational events for the community at large.  It officially opened a few weeks ago, but we are having an open house tomorrow (with a ribbon cutting featuring those awesome huge scissors) to introduce the building to the public.

Situated on the corner of Walsh Boulevard and Johnston Road in south Charlotte, the building was once a branch of the Charlotte Public Library, operating from 1983 until 2010. It sat empty and unused until it was purchased by Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in 2012. Its proximity to our south Charlotte office (located just around the corner) was a distinct selling point for the organization when considering the purchase.

HPCCRLearningResourceCenter-0007HPCCR has a strong history of providing excellent education to the staff and fostering an environment that enhances the skills of our clinicians. The Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center will dovetail perfectly within this mission. One of the main advantages of this space will be the simulation lab, adequately equipped to provide hands-on training through the use of medical equipment specific to HPCCR. Staff will have access to a hospital bed, lift, infusion therapy pumps, artificial nutrition delivery systems, fluid management / containment devices, and more. By working and training with the equipment (and simulating real-life situations they are likely to encounter), our staff will be even more prepared to deliver exceptional end-of-life care to our patients.

In addition to the simulation lab, the building boasts multiple conference rooms designed to accommodate presentations and educational offerings to the community. With state-of-the-art teleconferencing capabilities, these rooms offer endless opportunities for learning. We envision seminars about advance care planning being held here; individuals learning about living wills, Healthcare Power of Attorney documents, and the MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) form. This location will also serve as a training site for other medical professionals, like medical residents and nursing students, who could benefit from more deliberate instruction about end-of-life care. And our own staff will receive education here as well, with in-house seminars and the ability to use a comprehensive and innovative computer lab.

Our learning center is exactly the sort of facility that Philip L. Van Every imagined supporting when he created his foundation. An important leader in the Charlotte community (he was the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation and the mayor of the city), Mr. Van Every was known for his philanthropic nature. Among other causes, he was devoted to education, healthcare, and community service. The HPCCR facility bearing his name strives to encompass all three of these passions, making healthcare education easily accessible to anyone with the desire to learn.

HPCCRLearningResourceCenter-0009Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region is committed to exceptional end-of-life care. The Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center allows us to promote hospice and palliative services both internally and externally; furthering the training of our own staff in order to serve patients better and offering quality education to our neighbors within the communities we serve.

We are thankful for the man who had the foresight to serve the city he loved. He envisioned enriching lives by funding nonprofits and their worthy causes. With the Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region will honor and further his legacy by also investing resources in our community. We will use this facility to enhance education around end-of-life care and engage the community in the important work we are doing. We know that Mr. Van Every would be proud.


Thanksgiving clichés from the heart

November 23, 2011

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Maybe you dreaded it as a kid — the ritual of going around the dining room table so that each person could share what he or she was thankful for.  It put you on the spot, didn’t it?  You knew you should think of something different each year rather than repeat the same clichéd phrases: my mom and dad, my brother/sister, my health. . . .But as you’ve gotten older, has the ritual changed for you?  Become more meaningful because you have a better capacity to appreciate the blessings in your life?  I know it has for me. 

I am thankful for so many things.  Yes, all the clichéd ones: my husband and children, the health of my parents and other family members, a sturdy roof over my head every night.  But for the past few years, I’ve had one more thing to add to my list. 

I am thankful for this job.  I am thankful for the opportunity it brings me each day to educate our community about the benefits of end-of-life care.  I really didn’t know much about hospice care before I started working here.  I had no idea that the words “good” and “death” could be used in the same sentence, much less right next to each other.  But now I do.  And I hope that by reading some of the posts we’ve had on Hospice Matters that you know a little more about it too.

I am also thankful for you, the readers of this blog, who take a few minutes out of your day a couple of times a week to take in our message.  And I am especially grateful to those of you who make comments on the blog so that we know those messages are being heard.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  And when it’s your turn to share what you’re thankful for, don’t be afraid to go back to the clichés.  They come from the heart and that’s all that matters.

One step forward to face your fears

April 28, 2011

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

My son used to be terrified of bees.  Each spring, he would find excuses not to go outside.  He would literally jerk his head to the side when he saw one coming–and that’s when he was inside and the bee was coming toward the pane of glass that separated them.  My husband and I had tried everything to calm his fears, patiently explaining to him that, contrary to what he thought, bees in our city didn’t have a personal vendetta against him. 

Then one night, I had a brainstorm.  What if we bought a book about bees?  What if he knew so much about bees that he stopped being scared?  What if this was the solution to the problem?

Well, it didn’t completely solve the problem but it helped immensely.  He’s actually quite fascinated by bees now and has even chosen to write his “animal report” for school on these tiny creatures.  That doesn’t mean that there’s not still some wincing when the buzzing comes around.  But he goes outside, and that was a huge step forward.

What’s the segue here?  Well, all of us have fears.  And we’re all scared of death–in some way.  It’s a huge unknown, something we are never truly prepared for.  But it’s an inevitability.  And if we try to face those fears, rather than ignore them, we might find some comfort. 

That’s just one of the reasons why we’re having guests at Levine & Dickson Hospice House tonight.  We want our community to realize what a beautiful space it is–how welcoming, serene, and truly special it is.  The letters we receive from caregivers and families all speak to the peace they felt, the amazing care they received, and how the experience (helping their loved one move on to a pain-free world) was actually meaningful.  Even positive.

Yes, death is far worse than a bee sting.  But whether you’re seven or 77, fear is personal and real and it’s a powerful thing to struggle with.  Education about our fear is a balm; it tends to soothe.  It creates rational dialogue and self-confidence. 

So tonight we’re educating our community about Levine & Dickson Hospice House, an amazing resource that everyone should know about (in our humble opinion).  We’re showing our guests that they don’t have to experience end of life alone, that a hospice house isn’t a sad and depressing place.  We hope they come away knowing we can help them with their fears about death.  And those guests who walk through the front doors of Levine & Dickson Hospice House tonight are like my son who ventures outside during the bee-saturated springtime.  It’s a first step.

If you are interested in coming tonight, but haven’t yet RSVP’d, please contact Naomi Shaw at 704.887.6307.  The event begins at 5:30 and will last until 7pm.  Appetizers and beverages will be provided. 

What you should do tomorrow

October 8, 2010

Tomorrow, October 9, is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.  Around 70 countries honor this day every year by engaging in activities that promote global hospice and palliative care education.  As Americans living in a first-world nation, we tend to forget that citizens in other countries do not have the basic health care that we so fortunately enjoy.  If we get sick, we go to a doctor or a clinic.  If it’s serious, we go to a hospital.  And most likely we will receive treatment that will make us feel better. 

Millions around the world are not as lucky as we are.  They live with life-limiting illness and they suffer through the pain because there is no doctor to help them.  Or, if there is a doctor, making the trek for a visit would take hours and cost money that they don’t have.  So they survive the best they can, living with excruciating pain, until their battle ultimately (or mercifully) ends.

The theme this year for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is “sharing the care”.  As an end-of-life care organization in the United States, HPCCR provides hospice and palliative care to anyone who needs it.  But we must also do our part to raise awareness of these services though the methods we have available to us.  Primarily, by providing superior care and making the hospice experience meaningful to all patients and families who travel their end-of-life journeys with us.  But we, along with other end-of-life care providers, must also commit to a shared mission of education–of our community members, physicians, civic leaders, government officials, and any others who have a stake in the advancement global health care.

If you do nothing else tomorrow, at least take a moment and be thankful for the compassionate care that is available to us in this country at the end of life.  Maybe after enough World Hospice and Palliative Care Days, our standards will become global standards.