Faculty Announced for Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative


Collab_Samueli-infographic-April-2015-WEB600x600Earlier this year Samueli Institute and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization partnered to launch a Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Hospice and Palliative Care. The structure of the collaborative is based on the Breakthrough Series model, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Collaborative model for achieving breakthrough improvement.

A Breakthrough Series Collaborative is a short-term (6- to 15-month) learning system that brings together a large number of teams from healthcare settings to seek improvement in a focused topic area.

The esteemed faculty will inspire transformational change for advanced illness or end of life care in the face of significant pain or distress.

Hospice and Palliative Care faculty are the following:

Gwynn Sullivan, RN, MSN, Chair
Director of Access
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Carla Cheatham, PhD, M.Div.
Section Leader, Spiritual Caregiver Section
National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals
Sandi Gordon, B.Sc., CPC
Senior Program Manager
Samueli Institute
Lorissa MacAllister, PhD (c), BSW, AIA, NCARB, LEED, EDAC
Healing Spaces Specialist
Samueli Institute
Ann Marie Lombard Pessagno, BSN, MSA, NEA-BC, RN
Senior Nursing Director of Acute Care and Critical Care Services (Former)
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Bonnie Sakallaris, PhD, RN
Vice President, Optimal Healing Environments
Samueli Institute
Linda Simon, PhD
Director of Quality
Gilchrist Hospice Care


In this nine-month Collaborative, Samueli Institute and participating home hospice and palliative care organizations will achieve breakthrough improvements in relieving human suffering — specifically, pain, anxiety, dyspnea, helplessness and finding meaning in suffering.

This Breakthrough Series Collaborative will be in the forefront of change to define innovative solutions to:

  • Relieve caregiver burnout and fatigue
  • Address pay-for-performance issues
  • Gain a competitive edge when serving the baby boomer population

Qualifying Organizations

In this first Collaborative, only 50 hospice and palliative care organizations that provide home care monitoring and services can be accommodated. Organizations will be asked to submit an application and letter of intent — impacting their communities and those who most need this type of care.

For more information, or to download the application and letter of intent, please visit SamueliInstitute.org/Collaboratives or email palliativecollaborative@SIIB.org.