ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,200 hospice and palliative care leaders, practitioners, and senior managers have gathered for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's 30th Annual Management and Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center, just outside of Washington, DC.
Over the course of three days (April 30 – May 2), conference participants will explore best practices that expand hospice and palliative care service delivery and focus on ways to create, transform, refine, and redefine hospice and palliative care.
The opening plenary session looking at the future of the healthcare marketplace will be led by Ian Morrison, PhD, author, consultant and futurist with Strategic Health Perspectives in Menlo Park, California.
Also at the opening session will be the presentation of NHPCO's Galen Miller Leadership Award to Russell Portenoy, MD, executive director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, New York City, and a Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Prior to joining MJHS, Dr. Portenoy was founding chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York.
Dr. Portenoy is past-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, past-president of the American Pain Society, and has also served on the NHPCO Board of Directors.
"Among accomplishments too numerous to fully list, Dr. Portenoy has done so much to advance the provision of community-based palliative care services," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "There is no individual more deserving of the Galen Miller Leadership Award."
Created in memory of Galen Miller, NHPCO's executive vice president who died in August 2013, the award recognizes a champion and advocate from the field who has demonstrated the highest levels of dedication and passion for the hospice and palliative care community and those that it cares for.
Additional conference plenary speakers appearing include: Mary D. Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Lilly Hummel, JD, MPA, Avalere Health; Elena V. Rios, MD, MSPH, National Hispanic Medical Association; Kevin Carroll of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC; Linda Rock, NHPCO board chair; and J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.
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Copper Supporter: McKesson Connected Care & Analytics.
Pewter Supporters: Delta Care Rx; Strategic Healthcare Programs.
Contact: Anita Brikman Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications [email protected] 703-837-3154
NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.