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Kerr Named CEO of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care

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The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPC) has named Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Kerr has been serving as the interim CEO since the recent departure of Patricia Ahern and had previously acted as interim CEO for the organization in 2013-14.

“The Board of Trustees is enthusiastic about our appointment of Dr. Kerr as Hospice's next CEO. Dr. Kerr is widely recognized, having cared for so many hospice patients over the years and is known for his empathetic nature. His years of experience and ability to lead the organization will enhance CHPC’s position both nationally and within our Western New York healthcare community,” stated EJ Butler, CHPC’s Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Kerr joined Hospice Buffalo in 1999 as the Medical Director for Hospice Buffalo’s 22-bed Inpatient Unit and served in that capacity until 2011, when he was appointed CHPC’s Chief Medical Officer. A native of Canada, Dr. Kerr received a Doctorate of Philosophy and Doctor of Medicine degree, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Rochester. He has an extensive list of publications, presentations and awards. His research on patient’s end-of-life experiences has been featured nationally and internationally through media coverage, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and in an ongoing documentary. Read more


Not Taught in Med School: Interpreting Dreams of the Dying

A hospice doctor's TEDx Talk about his research on end-of-life dreams

April 11, 2016
By Emily GurnonHealth & Caregiving Editor

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When Dr. Christopher Kerr was a young physician, he visited a patient he calls Tom, who was very ill. Outside the room, Kerr told a nurse they could try antibiotics — that Tom had more time.
“Nope, he’s dying,” the nurse replied, without even looking up.
How did she know? Kerr asked.
“Because he’s seen his deceased mother,” the nurse said.
Kerr, chief medical officer at Hospice Buffalo in New York, discovered he needed to learn more about what end-of-life experiences meant.
He then led a research team from the Palliative Care Institute in Cheektowaga, N.Y. in a long-term study on dreams and visions in the dying. Based on extensive interviews with people who were dying, they examined what their dreams and visions consisted of, whether they perceived them as positive or negative and whether the dreams might serve as a predictor of when death would come.
In October 2015, after the results were published, Kerr gave a TEDx Talk about this for an audience at Asbury Hall at Babeville, in downtown Buffalo.
For details on what the researchers found, read this Next Avenue story,
“What the Dreams of the Dying Teach Us About Death.”
Or watch the TEDx Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbnBe-vXGQM


 

Hospice Patient Shares Artwork One Final Time

by Jill Perkins

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) - Geri Mormile's artwork is as beautiful as she is.

"We have just a short time on this earth and I think you should do as much as you can, make the most of the time you have here."

At 85-years-old, Mormile's time in this world is coming to an end.

"Though I accept that I am dying, my end I am defying, as my fingers are still flying," Mormile wrote in a poem. "I'll paint as long as I can, I'm not ever done until I can't lift my arm to do it anymore."

Mormile is a patient of Hospice Buffalo and that's where she'll show off her paintings one final time. The name of this exhibit? Read more

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A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

Feb. 2, 2016
By Jan Hoffman

One evening in the late fall, Lucien Majors, 84, sat at his kitchen table, his wife Jan by his side, as he described a recent dream.

Mr. Majors had end-stage bladder cancer and was in renal failure. As he spoke with a doctor from Hospice Buffalo , he was alert but faltering.

In the dream, he said, he was in his car with his great pal, Carmen. His three sons, teenagers, were in the back seat, joking around.

“We’re driving down Clinton Street,” said Mr. Majors, his watery, pale blue eyes widening with delight at the thought of the road trip.

“We were looking for the Grand Canyon.” And then they saw it. “We talked about how amazing, because there it was — all this time, the Grand Canyon was just at the end of Clinton Street!”

Mr. Majors had not spoken with Carmen in more than 20 years. His sons are in their late 50s and early 60s.

“Why do you think your boys were in the car?” asked Dr. Christopher W. Kerr, a Hospice Buffalo palliative care physician who researches the therapeutic role of patients’ end-of-life dreams and visions.

“My sons are the greatest accomplishment of my life,” Mr. Majors said.

He died three weeks later.

For thousands of years, the dreams and visions of the dying have captivated cultures, which imbued them with sacred import. Anthropologists, theologians and sociologists have studied these so-called deathbed phenomena. They appear in medieval writings and Renaissance paintings, in Shakespearean works and set pieces from 19th-century American and British novels, particularly by Dickens. One of the most famous moments in film is the mysterious deathbed murmur in “Citizen Kane”: “Rosebud!”

Even the law reveres a dying person’s final words, allowing them to be admitted as evidence in an unusual exception to hearsay rules.

Read more at http://nyti.ms/1rS8fA1


 

Hospice News & Press Releases

Buffalo Medical Group – Oncology Team Honored by Palliative Care Buffalo  - September 7, 2017

Zebros to Chair 2017 Harvest Fest for Hospice Buffalo - August 24, 2017

Steve Tasker Visits Hospice Patient - August 7, 2017 

Camp for Kids Who've Lost Someone They Love. - July 21, 2017

Hot Night in the City – Hospice Summer Affair - July 13, 2017

Orchard Heights Recognized for Exceptional Care Collaboration with Hospice Buffalo – May, 23, 2017  

Canisius High School to Purchase 1140 Delaware Mansion from Hospice Buffalo – May 22, 2017

Hospice Buffalo Receives 2017 Hospice Honors Elite – May 17, 2017

A Special Note from a Hospice Buffalo Nurse – May 9, 2017

Patrick Flynn Appointed to HPCANYS Board - April 25, 2017

Primary Care of WNY Recognized for Early Detection of Patients’ Palliative Care Needs - April 18, 2017

Film Explores End-of-Life Care – Free Screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on April 19th 

Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale, March 8-11, Largest Fundraiser for Hospice Buffalo

Paying to Keep seniors out of the hospital 

 Businesses and Schools Needed - Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale 

We Honor Veterans - A Note from CEO Pat Ahern

Maggios to Chair 2016 Harvest Festival for Hospice Buffalo

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