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Creating Optimal Healing Environments for Patients with Advanced Illness


On September 15, Bonnie Sakallaris, PhD, RN, explored the role of an Optimal Healing Environment (OHE) in the context of advanced illness care in an hour-long webinar available for public viewing. The presentation was part of the Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System and included more than 120 participants including VA physicians, chaplains, nurses, and social workers. Continue reading “Creating Optimal Healing Environments for Patients with Advanced Illness” »

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. Continue reading “Faculty Announced for Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative” »

Three Steps to be an Empowered Patient

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In the American hospital system, it’s easy to fall victim to the routine of standard medical treatment. Yet we should not simply accept what healthcare throws our way. Nearly 30% of healthcare is wasted or harmful and shouldn’t be done. What should you look for in a hospital situation so that you can be an empowered person rather than a passive patient? Continue reading “Three Steps to be an Empowered Patient” »

Palliative Care for our Veterans


Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have died in service of the United States. On this day, many Americans also take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

lineupshadow_webOver the next 25 years, the number of Veterans is projected to drop from 21 million[i] in 2015 to 15 million in 2040 with the passing of the “baby boomer”, post-WWII generation. It is a challenge to care for the large numbers of elderly from this wave. A major challenge in caring for aging populations is properly tempering the dominance of high-tech interventions that tend to be applied even in terminal patients and to those at the end of life. Communication is another major challenge:both communication barriers built into the health care system and a culture not wanting to or being unequipped to talk about death and end of life needs. Continue reading “Palliative Care for our Veterans” »

On Human Flourishing: An interview with Dr. Scott Shreve

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Dr. Scott Shreve, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, joins Dr. Jonas for a conversation on the growing need for end-of-life care for veterans.

“Roughly a little over 600,000 veterans died this past year, and not all of them are enrolled in the V.A.,” said Dr. Shreve. “Three percent of veterans die in V.A. facilities. So where are 97 percent of our veteran population dying? And that’s one in four Americans, but if you happen to look at just men, it’s probably one in two of all the deaths in America. So we realized, strategically, about four years ago, we needed to partner with the community, and went to the national Hospice Palliative Care organization, and established this program called We Honor Veterans, where you engage community hospices and empower them about veteran issues.”

This episode marks the end of season one of On Human Flourishing. We will return with new episodes in September. Thanks for listening.

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