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Seasons Nurse Practitioner to Teach Groundbreaking Course

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to Teach Groundbreaking Course at UW-Madison on End-Of-Life Care for Heart Failure Patients

Course helps hospice and palliative care professionals focus on needs of CHF patients

MADISON, WI: Seasons Hospice of Houston Nurse Practitioner and national expert on end-of-life care for cardiac patients, Erin Donaho will be co-leading a course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that focuses on integrated, supportive palliative care for heart failure patients. The course will be on April 14th, 2016 at the Pyle Center at 702 Langdon St. in Madison.

The course is designed to address palliative and supportive care in advanced heart failure. Ms. Donaho will share her issue expertise in these areas with a wide variety of health care professionals including nurses, social workers, and counselors.

The Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Cardiac Care program, officially rolling out nationally in 2016, focuses on integrating the clinical guidelines from the American College of Cardiology for end of life heart failure patients; something very few hospices actually do. Additionally, the program employs intensive classroom and hands-on bedside based education for the clinical and interdisciplinary team concerning all aspects of care for heart failure patients and their families. This clinical education across psychosocial and community educator roles helps to dispel myths about what services heart failure patients can expect when they elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

“This course incorporates the principles that Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care uses to approach the unique care that heart failure patients require, and in fact deserve.” said Dr. Balu Natarajan, Chief Medical Officer for Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. “It represents a paradigm shift in the approach to the unique needs of heart failure patients. We are thankful that Erin will be lending her expertise to UW-Madison.”

By focusing on what an entire interdisciplinary team can do for heart failure patients, and the specific therapies and clinical practices that have been proven to help them live fuller lives, this course will help to provide focus for those who will care for these patients as they near the end of life. “Seasons ‘can do attitude’ has always been apparent in their approach to heart failure patients.” Said Donaho, “Because of the Cardiac Care Program, Seasons is fine tuning their service to the heart failure population. I am excited to bring the approach we have developed here to more practitioners in the hospice and palliative care community, to the ultimate benefit of heart failure patients facing the end of life.”

The contents of this course are critical to Seasons due to the number of patients the organization cares for with cardiac related diseases. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in 2014 over 14% of hospice patients had a primary diagnosis of Heart Disease. In 2015, Seasons cared for over 1,900 patients suffering from heart failure related diagnoses. These types of patients will benefit from the unique program that Ms. Donaho has helped to create. For more information on the program at UW-Madison, visit their website: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/palliative-care-heart-failure