The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 5, 2013

Hospice plans Palliative Care Conference

— Hospice of Southern West Virginia will host the 13th Annual Palliative Care Conference June 13-14 at Tamarack Conference Center, Beckley.

The two-day conference features national and local presenters from the fields of medicine, social work, pharmacy and administration.

“We receive so much support from the health care community in our area, and we view our annual Palliative Care Conference as a way that we can give a little back and at the same time share up to date information in our field to our local health care professionals and leaders in our community,” said Josh Jones, public relations director for Hospice.

“We offer continuing education credits for a variety of fields. It is truly unique for our area and our state.”

Participants will listen to a number of presentations on topics such as end-of-life care and ethics, pain management, grief, stress management, team building and the power of humor in the workplace.

The keynote address will be delivered by motivational speaker Greg Risberg, who has addressed over 500,000 people with his “humor with a message.” Also presenting will be Tani Bahti, CT, CHPN  on improving end of life care; Dr. Alexander Peralta, MD, DABHPM on hospice and palliative medicine; and Jim Harris, LICSW, on helping people reach their potential.

The conference will challenge and strengthen your knowledge of palliative care concepts, whether one is a seasoned palliative care professional or someone who simply wants a broadened understanding of palliative and end-of-life care issues, trends and approaches.

Generally, attendees are a blend of representatives from a variety of disciplines, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, RNs, CNAs, pharmacists, social workers, counselors, health care administrators, and hospice volunteers.

Hospice of Southern West Virginia’s Palliative Care Conference is applying for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the West Virginia boards of Registered Nurses, Respiratory Care, Social Work Examiners, Examiners in Counseling and Pharmacy.

Hospice is also applying for Continue Medical Education (CME) credits from the Raleigh County Medical Society.

The cost to attend the conference is $100 for both days and $55 for one day. A discount is given if registered before May 17. Breakfast, snacks and lunch are included with the registration fee.

For more information, call -55-6404 or visit Hospice of Southern West Virginia’s website at