Registration opens January 15, 2018.
The Best Care Possible
The 11th annual Caring Coalition Conference, The Best Care Possible, to be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Southfield, Michigan, will bring together nurses, social workers, clergy, case managers, nursing home administrators, and other health care professionals from Southeast Michigan and bordering states. The intent of this conference is to increase understanding of the complex issues related to serious and terminal illness. Conference participants will receive continuing education credits, along with the opportunity to network with others in their field.
Co-chaired by Rabbi Bunny (E.B.) Freedman, founding director of Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, and Cheryl Weiss, JHCN’s director of education, this symposium will feature national presenters William Breitbart, MD, Betty Ferrell, RN, PHD, Sherri Mandell, MA, and Steven Pantilat, MD.
About Our Featured Speakers
William Breitbart, MD, FAPM, is a psychiatrist and chief of the psychiatry service, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer in New York. He is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Breitbart is also a past president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the editor-in-chief of ”Palliative and Support Care.” He is an attending psychiatrist in the palliative care service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Breitbart is a founding member of both the American Psycho-Oncology Society (APOS) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), where he served on the executive board and is a former president respectively.
Betty Ferrell, RN, PHD, is the director of the nursing research and education and a professor at City of Hope National Medical Center in California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and her publications have appeared in more than 400 peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is principal investigator for the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project and directs several other funded projects related to palliative care and quality of life issues. Ferrell completed a master’s degree in theology, ethics and culture from Claremont Graduate University. She has authored 11 books, including the “Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing,” and co-author of “Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care.” In 2013, Ferrell was named one of “30 Visionaries” in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Sherri Mandell, MA, is an Israeli-American author. She is best known as the mother of Koby Mandell, a thirteen-year-old American boy who was murdered near their home in the West Bank in May of 2001. Mandell and her husband, Rabbi Seth Mandell, founded the Koby Mandell Foundation. Sherri Mandell was born in New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1977. She received an M.A. in creative writing from Colorado State University and taught writing at the University of Maryland and at Penn State University. She is the author of “Writers of the Holocaust” and has written for numerous magazines and journals, including The Washington Post, The Denver Post and The Jerusalem Post. Sherri is the author of “The Blessings of a Broken Heart” and “Resilience.”
Steven Pantilat, MD, is a palliative care physician, hospitalist and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and founding director of the UCSF Palliative Care program. Dr. Pantilat is an internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and palliative care. Dr. Pantilat directs the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center which trains teams from more than 200 hospitals in establishing palliative care services. He also consults with hospitals and health systems nationally to help them establish, implement and grow palliative care programs. Dr. Pantilat also directs the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national collaboration of more than 85 palliative care teams focused on improving the quality of care for seriously ill people.
ABOUT THE CARING COALITION
The Best Care Possible conference is presented by the Caring Coalition, a diverse group of Southeast Michigan hospices, hospitals and community organizations whose purpose is to educate health care professionals and the general public about issues related to hospice and palliative care. Our attendees serve the physical and emotional needs of thousands of patients and their families throughout Southeast Michigan and bordering states. The more than 75 members of the Caring Coalition have worked together since 2008 to present accredited conferences featuring nationally known and local experts and have each attracted more than 900 health care professionals.
The 2017 Shenkman-Weisberg Caring Coalition Conference featured national presenters Ira Byock, MD, Sheldon Solomon, PhD, Jessica Zitter, MD and David Pinsky, MD. The program included a viewing of the award winning documentary “Extremis” as well as an Experts Panel moderated by hospice medical director Michael Paletta, MD. Panelists included our conference speakers as well as local experts Corey Kennard, MACM and Michael Miller. Jeffrey Forman, MD, closed the conference with the story of his personal journey.The 2016 conference featured neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, PhD, geriatrician Joanne Lynn, MD, oncologist Richard Payne, MD, Marcus Engel, and Michael Paletta, MD. The 2015 conference, Caring for the Whole Person featured Rawandan survivor Immaculeee Ilibagiza, grief specialist David Kessler, psychologist Dr. Dale Larson, and cancer researcher Dr. Sofia Merajver. In 2014 Pain, Loss and Suffering presented journalist and author Joshua Prager, physicians Stacie Pinderhughes and Michael Levy, and local grief survivor Gary Weinstein. The 2013 conference, Values, Ethics and Culture at End of Life, with keynote speaker bioethicist Arthur Caplan, focused on the impact of values and ethics on end of life experiences. The 2012 conference, On My Terms: Patient Directed Care focused on patient centered care, and featured nationally recognized hospice physician and author Ira Byock, M.D. Our 2011 conference, The Science of Comfort Care, explored evidence-based practices and philosophies offering comfort to those affected by chronic and life-limiting illness. The 2010 conference, Handle with Care: Powerful Compassionate Care Giving drew attendees to a conversation about best practices in caregiving. In 2009, our conference, The War on Pain, addressed the under treatment of pain in patients with chronic and terminal illness. In 2008, The Same But Different symposium explored the similarities and differences in rituals and customs practiced by different faiths at the end of life.