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Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition to Hold Regional Conference in October
Meeting to Focus on Trends in the Care of Children with Serious Illnesses and Their Families

Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) will present an all-day conference in late October, featuring national experts who will spotlight and share national trends and advances in the care of children with serious, chronic and life-limiting illnesses. The conference, “National Trends in Pediatric Palliative Care,” will take place Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 7 am to 4 pm at the Pittsburgh Marriott North Hotel in Cranberry Township.

Sarah Friebert, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, director and founder of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Friebert has gained international recognition for her leadership in the care of very ill children and families; she is board-certified in pediatrics as well as in both pediatric hematology/oncology and palliative and hospice care. Dr. Friebert also is the director of the palliative care fellowship program at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Other speakers include Wynne Morrison, MD, MBE, director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who will present the closing session: “Navigating Difficult Decisions with Families of Critically Ill or Dying Children.” Carol May, RN, MSN, MBA, CHPN, nurse manager of the Supportive Care Team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will present a session on trends in pediatric pain management. Attendees will have a choice of workshop sessions after lunch, covering a range of topics including the Influence of Social Media on Family Interactions, Children’s Spirituality and Creativity in Pediatric Palliative Care.

Pediatric healthcare professionals, hospice providers, home care providers, oncology professionals, clergy, bereavement specialists, child life specialists, social service professionals, hospice volunteers, families and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Registration fees include CEU’s. Early bird registration, before September 1, is $100, and after that the fee is $125. The fee includes breakfast and lunch. To register or to find information about sponsorships or exhibiting, visit www.ppcc-pa.org.

This is the second annual PPCC statewide conference. The organization was founded in Pittsburgh in 2004 to improve the quality and availability of palliative care and hospice services to children; to provide resources to families, professionals and volunteers; and to encourage a climate of cooperation among those caring for very ill children. The coalition includes hospitals, home care agencies, hospice providers, bereavement groups, parent advocacy organizations and charitable organizations that serve children. Palliative care transcends the medical model and addresses the medical, social, emotional and practical needs of families.

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