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Hospice Buffalo Receives Hospice Honors Elite Award

Cheektowaga, NY, May 15, 2018 — For the second year in a row, Hospice Buffalo was named a 2017 Hospice Honors Elite organization by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. This year, 71 of approximately 1,850 hospices received the Elite award, which puts Hospice Buffalo in the top 3% of hospice programs nationally. The official list of recipients was unveiled at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference in April.  Read more>>

Hospice Buffalo Announces 2018 Board Appointments

Tracey O’Connor, MD, was elected Chairman of the CHPC Board of Trustees. Dr. O’Connor is Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine, University at Buffalo. Dr. O’Connor received her Doctor of Medicine degree from UB, completed her Internal Medicine Residency at University of Rochester, and Medical Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park. She has been a practicing medical oncologist in the breast division at Roswell since 2002, and a strong proponent for appropriate palliative care and hospice services for cancer patients. Dr. O’Connor has been a CHPC Board member since 2012.

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Kerr Named CEO of The Center for Hospice
& Palliative Care


April 5, 2017 
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


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

April 26, 2016

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/View WKBW-TV 7 Story

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A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

By Jan Hoffman

Feb. 2, 2016

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  


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