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Dr. Jessica Zitter is Latest Panelist at Palliative Care Sympsoium

Dr. Jessica ZitterDr. Jessica Zitter, Champion of Dying Well, to Appear at Faculty Symposium

CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s annual event draws faculty, researchers from across U.S.

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 21, 2017 – Dr. Jessica Zitter, the compelling critical care physician and palliative care specialist leading a national conversation about changing the way we die, will be a special guest panelist Sept. 28 at the CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s annual symposium in North County San Diego.

Zitter is the author of the book, “Extreme Measures – Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, and was featured in the Academy Award-nominated short subject documentary, Extremis,” now streaming on Netflix.

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Jennifer Ballentine Announced as New Executive Director

Jennifer BallentineBallentine Named New Executive Director of CSU Institute for Palliative Care

McNeal’s Successor for National Institute Begins Sept. 25

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 27, 2017 –Jennifer Moore Ballentine has been named the new executive director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care, which is based at California State University San Marcos.

Ballentine’s appointment begins Sept. 25 as she takes over for founding executive director Helen McNeal, who is retiring in October.

“As Jennifer has noted, many in palliative care describe their work not as a career but as a calling, and that certainly holds true for her,” said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “Jennifer will continue to build on the success of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care as a national leader in palliative care workforce development.”

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2017 Palliative Care Symposium Program Announced

Symposium ParticipantsNational Symposium Advances Palliative Care Education and Research

CSU Institute for Palliative Care Symposium Announces Agenda

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 11, 2017 – The California State University Institute for Palliative Care is hosting its second national symposium for academic faculty interested in advancing palliative education and research, with the goal of improving care and quality of life for the country’s most chronically ill patients. The program for the two-day conference, being held September 28 – 29, 2017, can now be viewed on its website Innovate. Investigate. Educate: Advancing Academic Palliative Care Education and Research. Over 200 nationwide faculty will convene to collaborate in educational and research advances in palliative care in North County San Diego, California.

Palliative Care Eases Suffering

Palliative care provides those with a serious or chronic illness – from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment – care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing suffering. Delivered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and other practitioners, it addresses the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

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