Since our inception ten years ago, JHCN has become a healthcare leader in Southeast Michigan, providing educational seminars on issues related to chronic illness and end-of-life care. Because JHCN is not a medical hospice, we do not compete with our partners; rather we add value to their service to Jewish patients. This puts us in a trusted position to bring together diverse members of the medical community to comprehensively address critical issues.

The Caring Coalition was founded by JHCN in 2008, and is currently comprised of over 50 hospitals, hospices and other organizations whose purpose it is to educate health care professionals about issues related to hospice and palliative care. The growth, goals and impact of the coalition are exemplified by the coalition’s annual conferences.

2008: The Same But Different
In March of 2008, the 25 organizations of the Caring Coalition presented its first conference, which explored the similarities and differences in rituals and customs practiced by different faiths at the end of life. The keynote speaker was Thomas Lynch and panelists included clergy from five denominations. Attracting over 700 attendees, the conference was professionally accredited for social workers and nurses, and was also attended by many clergy members and those in the funeral business.

2009: The War on Pain
In March, 2009, the Caring Coalition, now numbering 35 partners, presented The War on Pain. The intent of this conference was to understand and discuss the rapidly evolving field of pain management. The keynotes of this event were nationally known pain management authorities Dr. Russell Portenoy and Dr. Perry Fine. Other speakers included nurses, physicians, clergy and family members with personal experiences. This conference was accredited for nurses, social workers, physicians and pharmacists, and drew more than 750 attendees.

2010: Handle with Care: Powerful, Compassionate Caregiving
The March 2010 professionally accredited “Handle with Care” conference attracted more than 750 nurses, social workers, case managers, nursing home administrators and others who care for the chronically and terminally ill and the elderly. Seven speakers from a wide array of fields included AARP Caring Ambassador and nationally renowned author Gail Sheehy, best known for her book, “Passages”. This conference, sponsored by more than 50 organizations of the Caring Coalition, demonstrated that care giver skills and wellbeing directly impact the outcome of patient care.SAVE THE DATE – 2011: The Science of Comfort Care The 4th annual 2011 Caring Coalition Conference will be held on March 16, 2011. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further updates!