March 11, 2017
The Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life Care (CTEOL) has been one of the primary sources for statewide education on end-of-life care since 1999. We are a group of diverse volunteers and professionals collaborating to improve awareness of end-of-life and palliative care in Connecticut.
We advocate for professional and institutional standards, continuity of care, patient and family satisfaction, and an appreciation of spiritual, religious and cultural diversity. We foster an atmosphere of inclusion, open discussion, and creative thinking. We consider initiatives that may support clinical improvements in end-of-life care through education, networking, and policy reform.
During the last year, CTEOL sponsored educational opportunities targeting two underserved populations: children and prisoners with life threatening conditions. On April 23, 2016, Best Practices in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and Families, featured keynote speaker, Kerry Moss, MD. More than 65 health care providers attended to learn about pediatric palliative care and the experience of working with dying children; understanding parental bereavement; and assisting children with complex medical conditions from a multidisciplinary provider panel. Additionally, Cynthia Lamont, presented palliative care education to inmates at the Osborn Correctional Institution, another underserved population in the state of CT. To conclude the year, CTEOL members were invited to celebrate our accomplishments at the 18th Annual CTEOL Meeting, which was graciously hosted by Apple Rehab Laurel Woods, in December. During this event, the Board for Directors honored several community members for their continued service to Connecticut citizens, with the aim of improving care for all people living with a serious medical condition. With gratitude we acknowledged the following recipients:
Ruth McCorkle, PhD, FAAN, FAPOS: Living Legend Award in End-of-Life Care
Kerry Moss, MD: Safe Passage for Outstanding Pediatric Clinical Care
Ken Hugo: President’s Award for Significant Contributions to CTEOL
Rebecca Gagne Henderson, APRN, ACHPN, PhDc: Safe Passage for Outstanding Clinical Care
Karen Mulvihill, DNP, APRN, FNP, ACHPN: Excellence in Achievement for Public Service in End-of-Life Care
This year CTEOL will focus on developing partnerships with organizations and volunteers that are committed to increasing awareness of palliative and end-of-life care for citizens and clinicians in Connecticut. For example, the CTEOL Board agreed to share educational documents and resources with Care Decisions Connecticut, in order to expand our outreach. Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) developed Care Decisions Connecticut in collaboration with the clinical partners spanning throughout CT, including representatives from our state government. We have several other opportunities that are in the planning stages, and we look forward to sharing these with you in the near future. Meantime, please renew your membership today, at:https://www.ctendoflifecare.org/join-us.html and consider participating on one of our committees: the Education Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, or Strategic Planning Committee. CTEOL also invites you to circulate this letter to your colleagues, who may be interested in becoming a new member of our critically important organization. As we enter 2017, please check our website https://www.ctendoflifecare.org/ regularly for updates regarding CTEOL’s important initiatives and programs for the coming year.
Eileen O’Shea, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BS, CHPPN
Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care
A Message from our President