Four Seasons – Compassion for Life has been named by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) as one of 10 clinical training sites in the United States.
John Morris, MD, Four Seasons’ medical director of palliative medicine, said, “Our Palliative Care Immersion Course, which we offer to physicians, nurses and social workers from around the country, exists to help other organizations better serve patients with serious illnesses. I am pleased that we are being recognized as a national leader in palliative care education.”
Janet Bull, MD, chief medical officer said, “We designed the immersion course as an experiential learning course, offering 40 hours of Category I CME to providers. We also offer consulting services to hospice and palliative care organizations around hospice operations, palliative care program development, and starting a research department. We have learned so much over the years, and teaching others helps us to improve and grow. This translates to exceptional care for our own patients and families we serve.”
Four Seasons’ Palliative Care Immersion Course includes training on the following topics: National Quality Forum, assessing whole person care, goals of care, complex case management, conducting effective family meetings, withdrawing life support, prognostication, basic and advanced pain management, advanced care planning, palliative care emergencies, dealing with drug addiction, chaplains’ role in spiritual care and administrative palliative care needs.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) partnered with the AAHPM to develop the Directory of National Clinical Palliative Site Visits in response to frequent requests for information regarding palliative care teams willing to host on-site clinical training.
Four Seasons is a non-profit organization led by a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers. Four Seasons currently serves patients in Henderson, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Transylvania counties and surrounding areas. For information on the Palliative Care Immersion Course or other services of Four Seasons, please call 828-692-6178.