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25 Mar

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), accredits The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) with Commendation.

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., and its related research and training affiliate The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), has again credited the Institute, with commendation, for a six year period, through 2019.  The ACCME’s mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities.

The ACCME undertook a detailed review of the Institution, evidence of performance in the practice and extensive interviews.  Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all 22 Criteria and the accreditation policies.  The ACCME commends “The Institute” for meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that ours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians we serve.  The ACCME stated that the Institute has demonstrated an engagement with our environment in support of physician learning and a change that is a part of a system for quality improvement.

Luis Gonzalez, M.A., M.P.H., HA, an extraordinary administrator of The Institute since 1996, said that, “The vitality and endurance that his colleagues and staff play, the passionate response from the students, and the comprehensive and diverse nature of the materials, gave way to the academic achievement that The Institute received validation for, through the ACCME Board of Directors.”

President and CEO Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler, R.N., M.P.H., H.A. said that, “The Institute, having achieved three decades of educating intrastate, continues to rely on “Doctor” Gonzalez for his brilliant trailblazing.”

The Connecticut Hospice was the first hospice in the United States and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing the utmost care to its patients and families.  The Institute is Hospice’s education arm and stands for the commitment to educate the medical community on palliative and hospice care.

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice Institute

(203) 315-7556

emino@hospice.com

25 Mar

James Prota, RPh. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. appointed to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

For Immediate Release – Branford, Connecticut – March 14, 2014

 

Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr., Senator Pro Tempe of the Connecticut Senate, appoints James Prota, RPh. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., is pleased to announce that its Director of Pharmacy, James Prota, RPh., has been appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut Senate, Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. to the Connecticut Palliative Care Advisory Council.  This Council was established by law earlier this year (Public Act 13-55) to analyze the current state of palliative care in Connecticut; and advise the Connecticut Department of Public Health on matters relating to the improvement of palliative care and the quality of life for persons with serious or chronic illnesses.  The Council will provide findings and recommendations concerning these matters to the Commissioner of Public Health and committees of the legislature.

As Director of Pharmacy of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., Jim is uniquely qualified to serve on the Advisory Panel based on his years of experience focusing intensely on pharmaceutical approaches to palliative care.  He carries out the clinical responsibilities for our hospital-hospice and provides daily clinical consultation services to our palliative and hospice home care patients statewide.  Jim also undertakes academic responsibilities, as the Pharmacy Department at The Connecticut Hospice is a Preceptor Site for University of Connecticut Pharmacy students who are completing their clinical requirements for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

“I am very thankful and honored to be selected to the palliative care advisory committee and I hope to utilize my experience as a Hospice and Palliative care Pharmacist to make recommendations that will positively impact patients and their families,” said James Prota, RPh.

The Connecticut Hospice is the first hospice in the United States and will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, or in a place where every minute counts, its 21st Million Minute, “Operation Blessings.”

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

(203) 315-7556

emino@hospice.com

25 Mar

Governor Malloy appoints Joseph Andrews, M.D., H.P.M. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

For Immediate Release – Branford, Connecticut – March 14, 2014

Governor Malloy appoints Joseph Andrews, M.D., H.P.M. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph F.  Andrews, MD, HPM has been appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the Connecticut Palliative Care Advisory Council.  This Council was established by law earlier this year (Public Act 13-55) to analyze the current state of palliative care in Connecticut; and advise the Connecticut Department of Public Health on matters relating to the improvement of palliative care and the quality of life for persons with serious or chronic illnesses.  The Council will provide findings and recommendations concerning these matters to the Commissioner of Public Health and committees of the legislature.

As Chief Medical Officer of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. and Chairman of the Connecticut Palliative Physicians Group ™ (CPPG), Dr. Andrews is uniquely qualified to serve on the Advisory Council.  He is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care and under his guidance, the interdisciplinary team, consisting of physicians and over 100 nurses, deliver palliative care to over 300 patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals throughout the state.

“It is an honor to serve on the Governor’s Palliative Care Advisory panel and I also consider it an honor for the Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice in America.  I look forward to working with other members of the panel and advising the Governor about our new and growing palliative care,” said Dr. Andrews.

As Dr. Andrews said, he wants his patients treated in a luxurious manner since the rhythm of disease maybe inoculates patients and families in different ways.

The Connecticut Hospice was the first hospice in the United States and Connecticut Hospice will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, or in a place where every minute counts, its 21st Million Minute, “Operation Blessings,” said Hospice’s President and CEO, Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler, R.N., M.P.H., H.A.

For additional information please contact:  Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

(203) 315-7556

emino@hospice.com

25 Mar

First certified palliative care teaching hospital-hospice in the nation.

For Immediate Release – Branford, Connecticut – March 14, 2014

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford – America’s First Hospice

Recertified by The Joint Commission as the First Palliative Hospital-Hospice

The Joint Commission, a national accreditation agency that evaluates health care organizations, today announced that The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., America’s first hospice, established in 1974 – has been awarded certification by The Joint Commission as the first certified palliative care teaching hospital-hospice in the nation.

The Joint Commission is a national accreditation body that seeks to continuously improve the quality of health care provided to the public evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality.  The Joint Commission created a new, rigorous national standard for specialized palliative care hospitals in the United States.  Connecticut Hospice was the first facility in the nation to be accredited under the new standard in November 2011.  Now, two years later, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. was recertified by The Joint Commission after its stringent examination without any recommendation for improvement.

The policies and procedures that were followed, include:

  • A formal, organized palliative care program led by an interdisciplinary team whose members possess the requisite expertise in palliative care;
  • Leadership endorsement and support of the program’s goals for providing care, treatment and services;
  • A special focus on patient and family engagement;
  • Processes which support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers; and
  • The use of evidence-based national guidelines or expert consensus to guide patient care.

Spanning four decades as the country’s first hospice, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is also the first palliative teaching hospital earning the national Joint Commission’s first “Advanced Palliative Certification.” Our rating of 100 percent compliance, without recommendations for improvement, reflects our commitment to the highest ratio of care between nurses and patients in the country.  Our nurses are the most highly educated nurses through our Norma F. Pfriem International Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Program.  Hospice is also recognized by the American Hospital Association Volunteer Excellence Pediatric Rocker Program, the 2013 Arts Council “In the Wings” award, and American Council for Continuing Medical Education Accreditation with commendation.

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

(203) 315-7556

emino@hospice.com

 

 

 

14 Mar

A Hospice Launch for the First Hospice in America

“Patients and their families will now have an easy access to the first American Hospice and Palliative Care Hospital and its extraordinary staff with caring hearts and spirits”, said Wen-Jen Hwu, M.D., Ph.D., Board of Directors and Chairman of Professional Advisory Committee, The University of Texax MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology and United States Chairman of Woman in Cancer Research.

Click here to read the full article on PRWeb.