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a presentation of ... Creative Healing, LLC

                                   Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine

Announcing a 4-Part Online Webinar Series:

Demystifying Palliative Care

Palliative Care programs are being implemented in hospitals and medical centers around the country.

But few people are aware of the benefits of the whole-person care provided by the palliative team approach.

In addition there are many misconceptions, even among medical providers, about who palliative care is for and when it is the best choice for patients.

Tune in to this webinar series to find out everything

you need to know about palliative care!

** This series features conversations with 4 members of the Palliative Care Team from Providence St. Joseph Health. Through these discussions we will clear up some common misperceptions about palliative care and what this team-oriented specialty offers to patients and their families.

** You'll learn how palliative medicine benefits patients, when to consider palliative care, how to access care, and what to expect from the team of experts who provide palliative care.

** Each team member will describe his or her role on the team and show us how whole-person care is the best possible medical treatment for those facing serious illness.

Colin Scibetta, MD

Associate Medical Director:

Providence Institute for

Human Caring

In this presentation Dr. Colin Scibetta will discuss the role of the physician on the palliative care team. 

This conversation will cover:

  • What palliative care consists of
  • The difference between palliative care and hospice
  • The benefits of palliative care for patients
  • How the whole-person approach of palliative medicine also benefits care providers
  • Why Providence Institute for Human Caring (et al) was awarded the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association

Colin Scibetta MD is a fellowship-trained palliative medicine physician, who completed his undergrad in neuroscience and biology at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Ecuador where he worked on a health initiative for indigenous communities impacted by oil development. Dr. Scibetta did his undergraduate medical training at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine.

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Andrea Strouth LCSW, MSW

Palliative Care Social Worker

Providence St. Joseph Health

In this presentation Andrea Strouth LCSW, MSW will discuss the role of the social worker on the palliative care team.

You will learn:

  • The duties of the palliative care team social worker
  • Why palliative patients might need social work services
  • How the multidisciplinary palliative care team functions as a unit
  • The rewards of working on a palliative care team

Andrea Strouth received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working at Providence Health & Services-Southern California to help develop their outpatient palliative care program. Previously, Andrea worked at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine and in the Medical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her passion lies in advanced care planning and education surrounding end-of-life issues to ensure patients feel empowered in every aspect of their care.

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Rebekah Riemer RN

Palliative Care Nurse

Providence St. Joseph Health

In this presentation Rebekah Riemer RN will discuss the role of the nurse on the palliative care team and her own story of being called to work in palliative.

You will learn:

  • How Beka was introduced to palliative care as a family member of a patient and a patient herself
  • The typical duties of a palliative care nurse
  • How palliative care meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families
  • The most common misperceptions about palliative care for the public and for healthcare providers

Rebekah "Beka" Riemer, RN, CCRN was an intensive care nurse for over eight years, working in surgical as well as medical ICUs and currently works as the Nurse Coordinator on the Inpatient Palliative Care Team at Providence Little Company of Mary in Torrance, California. She is on the team working towards the recertification of the Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Palliative Care. She serves on the Critical Care Committee representing nursing and Palliative Care, as well as on the Ethics Committee and Mortality Committee.

In addition, Ms. Riemer volunteers at the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of America (LLSA), Los Angeles, CA chapter. In 2013, she was 1st runner up for Woman of the Year, as she raised over $50,000 for leukemia/lymphoma research for the LLSA. Ms. Riemer has been an ELNEC-Critical Care faculty member for over five years.

She also spoke at the National Teaching Institute for Critical Care Nurses in 2017, speaking about the importance of integrating Palliative Care in Critical Care settings. She will also be published in the 5th edition of the Oxford Textbook for Palliative Care Nursing in the seventh chapter titled, “ Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams: Specialists in Delivering Palliative Care”.

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Stephanie Ryu

Palliative Care Chaplain

Providence St. Joseph Health

In this presentation Stephanie Ryu will discuss her role as a chaplain on the palliative care team.

You will learn:

  • How the work of a palliative care chaplain differs from other chaplaincy work
  • The role of spiritual care in the whole-person approach to illness and healing
  • The importance of spirituality at the end of life
  • How chaplains assist patients of all religions and those who follow no religion

Stephanie Ryu is a graduate of St. Xavier University and Fuller Theological Seminary. She completed CPE Residency at Providence St. Joseph - Burbank in 2012-13 along with a 6-month fellowship in hospice and palliative care. She now serves as a Palliative Care Chaplain for Providence Health and Services.

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