Palliative Care Conference

 "7th Annual Palliative Care Conference"

Molloy College, in collaboration with FEGS Health and Human Services and a network of community partners, is pleased to be offering its seventh Palliative Care Conference on Long Island. The conference will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Madison Theater in the Public Square building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus. The agenda for the day will include a Keynote Speaker: Margaret L. Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN, Professor, College of Nursing at Wayne State University,  a series of topics offered during two concurrent sessions, lunch and a Closing Session. The following is the information on the this year's conference:

This year's conference will focus on the new developments in this growing and dynamic field. Experts from medicine, nursing, pastoral care, child life and social work will present the latest advancements in the fields of symptom management, ethics and communication, staff self-care and bereavement. Clinicians from across the continuum will engage participants in discussions about best practices and barriers, to timely excellent palliative care in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice organizations. As always, the main objective of this year's conference is for the participants to come away with new tools to provide professional, competent, compassionate care to patients and their families. At this year's conference we will again provide clinicians from all disciplines with a wide variety of palliative care topics, presented by an outstanding group of speakers.

Who should attend the conference?

The intended audience includes: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Clergy, Psychiatrists, Therapists (including music, physical, recreational and occupational), Dietitians, EMTs, teachers, students and volunteers.


8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Check-in
9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m Welcome
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker (see description below)
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon Concurrent Sessions l (see description below)
12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m Concurrent Sessions ll (see description below)
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m Closing Session and Concluding Remarks (see description below)

Keynote Speaker

Margaret L. Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN, Professor, College of Nursing at Wayne State University will be our keynote speaker.  Dr. Campbell received the Lifetime Palliative Care Achievement Award from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2008 and was named a Fellow of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in 2011. Her research has focused on care for patients who are approaching the end of life and she serves as an expert on palliative care for many national committees and editorial boards. Click here for her bio.

Session Topic: Why I Remain "Downstream" When the Field is Heading "Upstream".

Concurrent Sessions

Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during two concurrent sessions: from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 9-11 topics will be offered in each session. The descriptions for the sessions will be available in February 2015. 

Participants will be asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions.  If you registered prior to the concurrent sessions being listed you will be contacted to register for the concurrent sessions.

 Concurrent Session I: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Click on the title for a session description and bios)

AA01 Crisis of Faith: Spirituality Sr. Mary Alice Aschenbach, Mercy Medical Center; Judith Pollack, LCSW; Clinical Coordinator, FEGS, Partners In Dignity; Rev. Mark Bigelow, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk and Dr. Faroque Khan, Director IMANA International Collaboration and member Islamic Center of Long Island BOT

AA02 Preparing for Nursing Certification for Palliative Care for Nurses
- Ann Riccobene, RN, NP, Huntington Hospital 

AA03 Palliative Wound Care
- Dr. Lori Ann Attivissimo, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.H.P.M., Senior Medical Director, Hospice Care Network and Medical Director for Post-Acute Services NS-LIJ Health System and Mary Ellen Cubbon, RN, CHPN, CWCN, Education Manager, Hospice Care Network 

AA04 The Worst Loss: Working with Families Learning To Live With The Loss Of A Child and Sibling
- Amy Olshever, LCSW, Clinical Director, COPE Foundation and Amy Kirschenblatt, Facilitator, COPE Foundation

AA05 Leadership Development
- Marilyn Bookbinder, RN, PhD, FPCN, Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care and Joyce Palmieri, RN, MS, CHPN, is the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

AA06 Multicultural Symptom Management Assessment Tool
- Lara Dhingra, PhD, Director of Health Disparities and Outcomes Research, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

AA07 End of Life Issues for People in the GLBT Community
- Gail Cohan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Stony Brook Medicine and Medical Director, Department of Physician Assistant Education, Stony Brook University

AA08 Difficult to Serve Populations: When Compassion Becomes a Challenge
- Wanda Youdelman, RN, Team Manager, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and Annette Feierman, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

AA09 Caregiver Support Groups with a Palliative Care Approach: Matching Interventions to Needs
- Kathi Morse, PhD, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW, Administrative Director, Palliative Care & Geriatric Services, South Nassau Communities Hospital

AA10 Community-Based Palliative Care: The New Model for Accountable Care Organizations
- Dr. Dana Lustbader, Chief of Palliative Care, ProHEALTH Care Associates, LLP

AA11 The Translation of Research into Community Based Practice: Community-Based Participatory Research Models - Mary Beth Morrissey
, PhD, MPH, JD, Program Director, Public Health, Palliative Care and Long-Term Care Post-Masters Healthcare Management Certificate Program, Fellow, Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration

Concurrent Session II: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m
(Click on the title for a session description and bios)

AB01 Compassion in Words and Silence - Lois Carey, PH.D., LCSW, Professor and Chairperson - Undergraduate Social Work Program, Molloy College

AB02 Holistic Nursing: Healing for Yourself and Your Patients
- Joanne Christophers, RN, BSN, BPS, Dipl. ABT, Nursing Supervisor and Coordinating Educator, Region Care Nursing Agency, a division of the North Shore LIJ Home Care Network 

AB03 How To Sustain the Joy in Being a Professional Caregiver
- Phyllis Quinlan, RN-Bc, PhD, Nurse Educator, North Shore/LIJ Health System, Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation

AB04 Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
- Cheryl Gancio, Nurse Manager, Palliative Care, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Manhasset, Jose Silverio, RN, Palliative Care, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Manhasset and Nancy Weitzman, Palliative Care, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Manhasset

AB05 Promoting Evidence Based Practice in Palliative Care:  Practical Skills for Turning Practice Experience into Research - Suzanne Marmo,
LCSW, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University

AB06 The Family Meeting In Palliative Care: Best Practices for Supporting Family Caregivers
- Myra Glajchen, DSW, Director of Medical Education, Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care 

AB07 Compassionate Care for Children - Danielle Rieber
, LMSW, Director of Social Work and Related Services, St. Mary's Hospital for Children and Heather Gallagher, RN, CPN, Palliative Care Program Manager, St. Mary's Hospital for Children

AB08 Letting Go of Non-Beneficial Treatments: Show Me The Evidence
- Margaret L. Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN, Professor, College of Nursing at Wayne State University

The Trajectory of Dementia: Practice Implications for Providers & Caregivers - Tara Cleary-Aristizabal, DNP, GNP-BC, CHPN, Program Manager, Geriatric Service Line / Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, South Nassau Communities Hospital 

Closing Session

  Sheila Warnock, Co-Author, Speaker, Trainer on the Share The Care Group Caregiving Model. Click here for a full bio and session description.

  Session Topic: A Win Win Option For The Caregiving Crisis: SHARE THE CARETM


Conference Brochure

The conference brochure can be downloaded by clicking here. The brcohure will be maile in early February 2015 to all those who have previously attended the conference or who asked to be placed on the mailing list.  To be placed on the mailing list for future conferences please contact Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or by email at


Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Visa, or purchase order information. To register in-person, by fax, or mail visit our registration page. Click here and follow the directions. You will need the following registration information:

Course Number: NUC 1000; Section: A; Date: May 29, 2015

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration, until May 1: $95
Late registration, May 2-28: $115
At the door: $125
Full-time students (must include copy of student ID): $25
Molloy Faculty and Staff - no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount


The conference check-in, breakfast and Opening and Closing Sessions will be held in the Madison Theater in the Public Square building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571. Click here for directions to the campus and a campus map.

Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibit table space will be available in the Public Square Lobby. Exhibits are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. For information on available sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space click here, or contact Louis Cino at or at 516.323.3554.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit

Molloy College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours
2 contact hours will be awarded for the main conference and 1.2 for each concurrent session for a total of 4.4 contact hours if you attend each session of the conference.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit

Molloy College is in the process of applying as a continuing education provider for Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in New York State. The approval is pending for 4.75 CEUs and we expect to hear from NY State by May 1st. Once a decision is made it will be posted on this website and emailed to the participants. Please note that you may register for the conference and if credit is not available prior to the start of the conference you may drop the conference up to two days before and receive a full refund.

Music Therapy Continuing Education Credit (CMTE)

Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). This program qualifies for 6 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Individuals should submit this as an umbrella short event on their certification paperwork. Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee

Molloy College would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee for all the work they did in brining this conference from concept to reality. Please click here for a list of the committee members.


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please call 516.323.3554 or email:

Please check back for detailed information about the conference, which will be posted as it becomes available. This site was updated on 2/23/15.

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