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Health Quality Learning Group monthly call - Hospice and Palliative Care
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When: 3rd Wednesday of the month
10-11am eastern
Where: 218-844-0840, 493732#
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Health Quality Learning Group monthly call

The monthly calls support a Learning Network of people who want to explore new ideas, approaches and methodologies to address quality issues in service delivery, and improve the experience of patients and their families.

July 20, 2011 - 10-11am eastern

Hospice and Palliative Care with Lisa Gifford

How do we find the best care, at the end of life, for our patients, our loved ones, ourselves? There’s a growing sense that something different from ordinary hospital care may be needed. Palliative care is now recognized as a medical specialty. Hospice care is provided by a complicated mix of agencies—and often is not utilized until the last few days of life. Who is willing to ask the patient, "At this point in your life, what is important to you?”—and truly listen and accept the answer?

Lisa Gifford DNP RN is fulltime Assistant Professor with the University of San Francisco Nursing School. She is a consultant to families and agencies with a focus on best possible end of life care.

Dr. Gifford’s career in health care spans many years, including ICU, cardiac care, recovery room, home health, hospice and retirement facilities for the elderly. Her responsibilities have been bedside, administration and board of trustees, elected a trustee for local Hospital District and High School boards.

Her doctoral work was on the use of Board Certified Music Therapy to bridge distrust between the African-American population and the white Anglo-Saxon hospice movement in the USA. The pilot project increased the census of African Americans in hospice care from 10% to 25%.

Lisa is currently energized by interdisciplinary learning and application of the arts to healing and health. She teaches complex adaptive thinking to her nursing students and encourages re-connecting with the humanity of the patient. She is interested in expanding professional nursing’s respect for the whole person as one human organism, beyond the concept of "body, mind and spirit.”

You may contact Dr. Gifford at

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