CAPC Palliative Care Program Spotlight

CAPC Palliative Care Program Spotlight

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)'s podcast, Program Spotlight, highlights successes and challenges faced by organizations of all sizes and settings. Each episode features an in-depth interview with a palliative care program leader or specialist covering common themes such as managing growth, improving the referral process, team wellness, organizational buy-in, relationship building, and much more.

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April 1, 2021 26 min
In this episode, we hear from Drs. Robert Friedman and Kate Tindall of Austin Palliative Care in Texas about their journey in establishing a home-based palliative care program. They discuss the challenges of designing their program, and how they used years of strategic research to identify their patient population, understand the unique needs in their city, and ultimately drive referrals. They share insights on balancing growth wit...
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Dr. Jessica Israel, senior vice president of geriatrics and palliative care at RWJ Barnabus Health in New Jersey, shares how she built a palliative care service line across the largest academic health care system in the state. She discusses how her communication skills expertise (from palliative care training) set the stage to achieve systemwide collaboration, and how she purposefully sought to unify, improve, and streamline ...

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Dr. Chin-Lin Ching, medical director of palliative care at Highland Hospital, joins her mentor, Dr. Diane E. Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care for an interview.

In this episode, Dr. Ching shares how she turned around her program, which was considered successful on paper (based on high and rising volume), but unsustainable due to strains on staffing — causing her team to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. Instead...

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Dr. Diana Martins-Welch, Palliative Care Physician at Northwell Health Long Island, discusses how she built the outpatient palliative care practice as part of the center’s cancer institute. She shares observations about growing from a sole provider to a small team, achieving earlier referrals from her oncology colleagues, and expanding the team’s visibility to support more patients.

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Dr. Kathy Selvaggi, Director of the Butler Health System Palliative Care Program, steps into the program spotlight to discuss how she helped build a palliative care program from scratch beginning in 2015. In this episode, Dr. Selvaggi shares how being direct and transparent with institutional leaders, her staff, and partners in the community is the key ingredient to her program's continued success. She also talks about the impo...

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Music and Memory: Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care by Center to Advance Palliative Care
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April 9, 2019 20 min
This episode of the Palliative Care Program Spotlight features a phone interview with Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care in Lakewood, NY. The conversation includes a discussion on how to find the right palliative care staff as well as a fascinating look at the team's investment into radio and print marketing which is showing real results.
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November 5, 2018 19 min
What happens when your palliative care program's budget is cut significantly? How do you evolve and survive when your institution isn't providing the support you need to meet patients in need? This episode of the Palliative Care Program Spotlight tries to tackle these very questions. Our guest is Jeanne Elnadry, MD who serves as Director of Supportive/Palliative Care at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Her role is to develop p...
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Dr. Stephanie Houck heads up the palliative care program at UT Southwestern Medicine. In this episode, she discusses proving her program's value through data and metrics in the face of a potentially changing funding program. Dr. Houck also discusses promoting palliative care and it’s expansion into additional hospital settings, including the emergency department, oncology, intensive care and ambulatory care units.
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Dr. Carl Robert Grey is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist and Co-Director of the Palliative Care Program at Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. At the time of recording, Dr. Grey was only weeks into his position at Wake Forest. In this episode, he discusses the importance of mentorship, embracing new ideas and innovations, and why he believes having a healthy work/life balance is a key ingredient to successful palliative ca...
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In this episode of the program spotlight series, Mary Alfano-Torres, Medical Director for Chapters Health Palliative Care in Florida, discusses how she prepared her staff to handle the enormous growth her program has experienced. With success comes growing pains and the need to balance the business and patient services is never more important.
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How to Better Care for Dementia Patients by Center to Advance Palliative Care
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In this episode, Dr. Bob Bergamini of Mercy Palliative Care Services in St. Louis steps into the program spotlight to discuss how his program has fought to reduce readmission rates for his institution. This engaging chat is brought to you by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
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Adriane Mackie RN and Jennifer Blechman MD of Partners in Care in Oregon step into the program spotlight to discuss building and growing an outpatient palliative care program. In this episode, Jennifer and Adriane chat about working with referring physicians to create a culture where upstream palliative care is seen as an extension of their care.
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The Rev. Kelley Woggon, M.Div., BCC of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky steps into the palliative care program spotlight to discuss her palliative care program's push to move into the outpatient setting. In this chat, Kelley breaks down her challenges and successes into branching out which include staff training, communication with referring physicians, and maintaining institutional support. Kelley also describes the p...
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Palliative care specialists can often feel spread thin especially if the team is understaffed or overbooked with consults. Dr. Wendy L. Knowlton, a Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, understands firsthand what it's like to feel burnt out. In this engaging conversation, Wendy opens up about a time when she felt overwhelmed and exhausted from the difficulties...
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Inge DiPasquale, RN steps into the Program Spotlight to discuss how building relationships with referring physicians helped build her program from the ground up in just three years.
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Julie Lehn, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Palliative Care at Banner Health in Phoenix, AZ. in this podcast, she discusses how adding a Pharmacist to a palliative care team can save an institution money, increase referrals, and reduce readmissions. Find out how in this engaging chat.
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With great success comes even greater challenges. How do you staff appropriately when your consults grow in big numbers? How do you scale your business model to continue to reach the right patients? Our guest on this episode is Teresa Harvey of Transitions Lifecare in Raleigh, NC whose program recently jumped from 300 consults to 800. In this chat, Teresa discusses her bundled payment model, her need for finding and training the ri...
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Our latest guest on the Palliative Care Program Spotlight is Doctor Parag Bharadwaj. Parag is Chief of Palliative Care Medicine at Sentara Health in Norfolk, Virginia. In this conversation, Parag discusses his challenges with hiring the right staff and shares some of his recipes for keeping staff engaged for the long term.
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