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New Agreement Between NHPCO and CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Offers Hospices and Other Health Care Providers Access to Affordable Online and In-person Educational Programming.

Helen McNeal
Helen McNeal

National Harbor, Maryland – April 30, 2015, On the opening day of NHPCO’s 30th Management and Leadership Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, John Mastrojohn, Executive Vice President and COO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) announced a new collaboration between the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care (Institute) and NHPCO giving NHPCO members expanded access to palliative educational programming.

NHPCO President and CEO J. Donald Schumacher stated, “We have chosen to work with the Institute because providing high quality care to palliative care patients requires a distinct and specialized level of expertise and skills in addition to the core hospice competencies. The collaboration between NHPCO and the Institute will help hospices expand into providing community based palliative care and obtain the quality educational content needed in this challenging health care environment. Hospices nationwide are delivering more facility, clinic, and home-based palliative care programs and now our members will have greater access and discounted rates for the in-depth educational content created by the Institute.”

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Since its inception in 2012, the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care has trained over 800 health care professionals from across the US and around the world – nurses, social workers, chaplains and allied health professionals. The Institute knows and understands workforce development. California State University trains 15% of the nation’s graduating health care workforce. The Institute’s palliative care faculty includes experts in all the core palliative care disciplines. In addition to training professionals, the Institute works with organizations, teaching leaders how to build, promote and grow palliative care services.

The Institute’s Executive Director, Helen McNeal said, “Our palliative care programs incorporate best practices and proven tools and techniques. Our online and in-person education is delivered using state-of-the art interactive techniques that ensure learning that is immediately applicable in the workplace. One of the biggest barriers to the expansion of palliative care, both inpatient and community based, is the availability of a trained workforce.  By collaborating with NHPCO, we help hospices that want to expand into palliative care and train new and existing staff about delivering palliative care from point of diagnosis onwards.”

The collaboration between NHPCO and the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care gives NHPCO members access to current and future educational programming, providing NHPCO members with a discounted price for all educational offerings.

Learn more about all the programs available for NHPCO members.

About the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, located on the campus of California State University San Marcos offers professional development and continuing education courses designed to enhance the skills of health care professionals across the country and around the world. Housed within one of the largest state university systems in the United States, the Institute leverages the strength of CSU’s workforce development infrastructure to deliver evidence-based online and in-person palliative care education to health care professionals working in health systems, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, case management, and physician practices. The Institute helps organizations and professionals prepare to meet the growing needs of chronically or seriously ill people in all care settings.


The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. With headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization advocates for the terminally ill and their families. It also develops public and professional educational programs and materials to enhance understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care.

Learn more about all the programs available at discounted prices for NHPCO members.

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