One of the participants, Dr. Kurt Gambla from Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) shared his thoughts and experiences from the two-day program. Prior to the program, BMH was in the initial planning stages of the creation of their palliative care team. “We had the general concept prior to now,” remarks Dr. Gambla, “but we needed to consider the infrastructure more and to structure our plan to prepare for growth.” The leadership is mission-driven knowing that having a palliative care team is the “right thing to do” even though it may not provide a significant amount of revenue. With the support of leadership, Dr. Gambla and his colleagues are optimistic to implement their palliative care team by the beginning of July.
“The on-going relationship with Patrick Coyne will be the most valuable relationship that we need.” On April 13, the CEO of BMH and others from the BMH met with Patrick Coyne and Constance Dahlin to discuss the implementation of their palliative care team. They anticipate an expansion of roles in the future; however, at this time the palliative care team is comprised of Kurt Gambla, DO, Irina Borissova, MD, Amy Wagner, ANP-BC, Ronda O’Connell, ANP-BC, Jennifer Massey, LMSW ACHO, and Chaplain Ed Morgan.
“I think it’s been an incredible learning experience which has helped us identify the gaps in our plan that we need to fill to make our team successful” says Dr. Gambla.
Are you interested in attending a palliative care workshop and having your team trained? There are still two more opportunities to attend:
- June 26-27 at Mid-Carolina AHEC in Lancaster
- September 18-19 at Upstate AHEC in Greenville
Click here to see credit details, find out more and to register.