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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Leading the Way to Integrated Healthcare

August 25, 2015

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:    (716) 862-8753  Cell:  (716) 512-9338

E-mail:   Evangeline.Conley@va.gov


Leading the Way to Integrated Healthcare:

A Workshop in Maneuvering through the Maze to Good Care


The Hospice Veteran Partnership is holding a workshop for professionals Thursday,
 September 10 from 11:30am to 4:30pm in Freedom Hall (room 301) at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Moderated by Dr. Bruce Troen, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Buffalo and VA Western New York Healthcare System, this workshop increases awareness of the needs of those coping with illness and chronic disease.


Case and disease management is a means of ensuring continuity of care for patients while addressing quality of life goals. This program assists health care organizations and health/human service professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Chaplains, Administrative Assistants, Administrators, Managers, Therapists) in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of those coping with illness and chronic disease. It will provide professionals with new interventions, tools and resources to better serve patients and their families.  The use of an Advanced Care Model which integrates care across multiple dimensions transforms care by promoting patient dignity and choice.  Conversations with patients and families regarding their health care needs are important in order to support them and their goals. 


Speakers include Kirk R. Panneton, MD, FACP, Regional Executive and Medical Director for HealthNow New York, Inc. on “Navigating the Health Care System One Member at a Time,” Janet Evoniuk, RN, BSN, CP Clinical Outreach Sr. Director at Landmark Health on “Emerging Models of Care: Bringing Back House Calls” and Kathleen T. Grimm, MD, MHSc from the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care with the ECMC Palliative Consult Team on “The Conversation Project Team: Your Voice/Your Values.”


Patients and families are often poorly informed about palliative care options and thus are ill-prepared to advocate throughout the decision making process. To demonstrate this challenge, the program will include invaluable insight from a consumer regarding experiences encountered when navigating a health care system. Also, workshop participants will be asked to review cases and to develop treatment plans utilizing the tools and resources discussed. Findings will then be presented to a panel to allow for additional commentary and collaboration.


For more information, contact Deborah Medakovich at 716-862-6516.