LIMA — Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center will host the Palliative Care and Hospice Symposium from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the UNOH Event Center, 1450 N. Cable Road, Lima.
The event will feature presentations and discussions on palliative and hospice care and dispelling the myths that surround these services.
Additional registration and agenda details can be found on Eventbrite.com or by calling 419-226-9353.
Courtesy of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center:
In the afternoon, Dr. Parmie Herman from Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center will be giving a presentation entitled “Hospice Criteria.” This will discuss the different eligibility requirements for a patient to be entered into Hospice Care.
Palliative and hospice care are more different than most people realize. While they both focus on comfort care and pain management, hospice services are for patients approaching the last stages of life, while palliative care is for patients in any stage of illness – including at the initial diagnosis. Palliative care can be given at the same time as treatments intended to cure a disease.
“Palliative and hospice services are included in the continuum of care that Mercy Health offers,” said Tammy Kill, nursing manager at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center. “There are perceptions of palliative or hospice care that are not always going to be accurate, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to get their questions answered and learn about what end of life care actually involves.”
Individuals who attend the symposium will come away with knowledge of how to identify patients with hospice and/or palliative needs, identify the difference in care throughout the continuum of a person’s life, and be able to dispel myths related to palliative and hospice care.
Breakfast and lunch are provided to those who attend the 2019 Palliative Care and Hospice Symposium. Additional registration and agenda details can be found on Eventbrite.com, or by calling 419-226-9353.