Educational Programs
Hospice Care -
Why Aren't More People Using It?

March 16, 2022
12:00 - 2:30 PM
Sunrise at Hunter Mill
2863 Hunter Mill Road

Oakton 22124

Hospice is a concept of care that can be rendered in a variety of settings and includes a wide array of services. Hospice is also unique in that care goes way beyond just medical treatment and encompasses the entire family. While hospice care is often the maximal approach to caring for terminally ill people, it is estimated that hospice services are underutilized and misunderstood.

We will address the issues surrounding loss and how it impacts families, how hospice works and some of the multicultural issues that impact the choices families make for end of life care. Upon completion of program, participants will be able to:

  • ∑ Define the hospice concept of care

  • ∑ List the components of hospice care

  • ∑ Recognize who qualifies for hospice care

  • ∑ Compare care for those who use hospice to those who donít

As hospice is a multidisciplinary concept, our program will be presented by a multidisciplinary team.

Jerald Roberts - VITAS Healthcare Director of Market Development VA has worked in healthcare for over a decade in various leadership positions. He has owned his own healthcare consulting company helping organizations adapt to the changes in healthcare. Most recently he has served as the leader for the VITAS Healthcare sales team, consistently educating the community and industry with regards to how community healthcare resources fit in to the evolving healthcare environment as affected by the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. He will be addressing How Hospice Fits Into the New Continuum of Care as Defined by the PPACA (Patient Protection Affordable Care Act)

Elizabeth Pomerleau, Hospice Chaplain at Capital Caring, is a Board Certified Chaplain. Liz was born and raised in Arizona. She has a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She has worked as a health-care chaplain in the hospital setting, retirement community setting, and now as a hospice chaplain. As a hospice chaplain in the multi-cultural area, Liz works with people from many different backgrounds and religious preferences. She will talk about cultural differences in accepting hospice care.


Sherri Hirsch, RN Hospital Clinical Liaison at Optum Palliative and Hospice Care holds degrees in Nursing and Applied Science. She has been an RN for 25 years with 15 of those years spent in Hospice Care, serving in several roles in Hospice, such as case manager, CSM and hospital clinical liaison. She has seen how peopleís misconceptions about Hospice care put up road blocks to accepting the care - once they understand what Hospice care is today. She will discuss why people donít chose Hospice.


Janet Parry, Account Liaison at Heartland Hospice, is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Adult Education. Janet has been an RN for 31 years. She has worked in pediatric and adult hospice. Her experience in case management and several medical specialties (hematology & oncology, endocrinology and research) allow her to identify patient needs throughout the hospice experience. She will review the indications that it is time for a hospice referral.

Lunch will be served
Free parking on site and across the street at Giant

This program is FREE to NARC members
($39 for non-members).

Sensible Care Solutions


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