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Have a compassionate conversation with us

March 24, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

NHDD day image“I wish I’d known about hospice sooner.”

We hear that sentence all the time. And we understand why — it’s a topic that most people don’t learn about (nor want to learn about) until they have to. Let’s face it. No one looks forward to talking about end of life. But it doesn’t have to be so hard, especially if you let us help you.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region will be hosting two special events next week, designed to make you more comfortable talking about end of life and what your wishes are concerning it. We’re holding these events to recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day which takes place each year on April 16 (the day specifically chosen because it falls right after tax day and we all know what Benjamin Franklin said about death and taxes. . . .)

The seminars are entitled Compassionate Conversations: It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late, and we’ll be hosting them on Tuesday, March 29 (at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville) and Thursday, March 31 (at the Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center). Both will begin at 6:15pm and last until 8:15 and to entice you to come, we’re having delicious appetizers and offering expert commentary from our extremely experienced nurse practitioner, Beth Martin, and our esteemed Medical Director, Dr. Robert Smith.

The two of them will explore a bunch of different tough and thought-provoking questions such as “How do I begin a conversation with a loved one or physician about healthcare planning?”; “What does it mean to do ‘everything’ possible during a healthcare crisis?”; and “What are the benefits and burdens of nutrition and ventilators at end of life?”

We encourage you to come to one of these events. See, if you have the conversation with us, then you can feel confident having the conversation with the people who matter most to you. Which ultimately would allow you to avoid having the conversation that begins with, “I wish I’d known about hospice sooner.”

There is no cost to attend these seminars, but you must pre-register. To do so, email Louise Giusto at giustoL@hpccr.org. For more information about the Compassionate Conversations seminars, you can contact Carol Anne Lawler at lawlerC@hpccr.org.

 

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.