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Free COVID-19 Palliative Care Resources Announced

Healthcare professional trainingCSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Releases Free COVID-19 Resources  

March 26, 2020 (SAN DIEGO) – The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care announced this week it is making more than 20 online palliative care courses and resources immediately available at no charge to support healthcare clinicians on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These courses deliver critical skills needed now to best care for patients and families affected by this crisis. Topics include clinician communication, advance care planning, palliative care skills for generalists, crisis intervention strategies, self-care, and more.

As infection rates skyrocket, healthcare professionals are struggling under extraordinary circumstances to treat illness, manage symptoms, and ease suffering for patients with serious illness and/or advanced age who are most at risk for severe complications or death from the novel coronavirus.

The many strengths of palliative care – communication, difficult decision making, advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial/spiritual support — are needed now more than ever.

The Institute’s free COVID-19 palliative care resources will be available through June 30 to anyone caring for patients and families during this crisis. Courses are self-paced and can be completed anywhere, any time.

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Institute Honors LightBridge Hospice Founder Jill Mendlen

Jill MendlenLightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care Founder to Receive 4th annual Doris A. Howell, MD, Award

Institute Honors LightBridge Hospice Founder Jill Mendlen, RN

Jan. 5, 2020 (SAN DIEGO) – A longtime nurse, hospice innovator, and nationally recognized leader in improving care for people with serious illness has been named the 2019 recipient of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing Palliative Care.

Jill Mendlen, RN, will be presented with the award on Jan. 8, 2020, during a ceremony on the campus of California State University San Marcos.  Mendlen is the founder and CEO of LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care and vice president of LightBridge Medical Associates.

Under Mendlen’s leadership, LightBridge was among the first organizations in California to add palliative care to their hospice licensure and, in 2019, was one of the first to earn The Joint Commission’s new Community-Based Palliative Care Certification. LightBridge also pioneered the palliative care/managed care space with HealthNet in 2016 after being awarded a California Health Care Foundation Payor-Provider Partnerships Grant.

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San Diego Healthcare Professional Scholarships Awarded

Palliative Care Training ScholarshipScholarships for Palliative Care Education Awarded to 13 San Diego Healthcare Professionals

Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarship Program Now in its Fifth Year

Dec. 12, 2019 (SAN DIEGO) – The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships for palliative care education to 13 San Diego area healthcare professionals in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

The Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition in any Institute course, and are designed to expand and elevate the delivery of palliative care throughout the San Diego region.

In the past five years, the Institute has awarded 71 scholarships through the program.

“It’s an absolute joy and privilege to offer these scholarships, made possible by the generosity of Darlene Marcos Shiley,” said Jennifer Moore Ballentine, Executive Director at the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care.

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