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Media Alert

September 16, 2011

The Right Care at the Right Time: End-of-life Care in the Nursing Home

A briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Hospice Action Network.

(Alexandria, Va) – One out of four Americans will die in a nursing home. A growing number of nursing home residents and their families are opting for hospice services.  These patients often present complex issues, including neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, where prognoses are less certain.  Although some have raised concerns about hospice programs in nursing homes, studies show that hospice significantly improves the quality of care these patients receive.  WHAT:       Briefing to highlight the value of hospice care at the end of life for Americans living in nursing homes.

WHEN:       Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

WHERE:      2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

RSVP:         Tony Kudner, akudner@nhpco.org.    


Joan M. Teno, MD, MS
Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research Brown University Medical School, RI

Richard Heinrich, MD
Medical Director, HealthPartners Hospice & Palliative Care, MN

Mr. Bartley Block
Wife served by Tockwotton Nursing Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Brooke Bumpers, JD - Moderator
Hogan Lovells US LLP

J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD – Introduction
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Media requesting additional information or to schedule a time speak with Dr. Teno or NHPCO President/CEO J. Donald Schumacher, should contact:
Jon Radulovic
NHPCO Vice President, Communications