2017 Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care & Hospice Conference

October 24th & 25th, 2017

Northern Michigan University, Great Lakes Rooms

Please joining Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice for an educational and professional networking conference for those seeking to deepen their knowledge in the areas of care giving, palliative care and hospice.

*Close to home education – Physician, Nursing, and Social Work continuing education credits will be offered.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops

7:45 am – Worshop Registration

8:30 am – Welcome Pre-Conference Workshop Attendees

8:45 – 10:00 am – Pre-conference Workshop #1 or #2

#1 Clinical Track – There is no wrong way to grieve. Is that true? Exploring Effective Bereavement Care and Programming: Gary Gardia, MEd., MSW, LCSW.
#2 Caregiver Track – Connecting with Those with Memory Loss: Carol Blashill, RN, CHPN/Susie Lefler

10:10 – 11:25 am – Pre-Conference Workshop #3 or #4

#3 Clinical Track – Working with Challenging Patient/Family Dynamics: Gary Gardia, MEd., MSW, LCSW.
#4 Caregiver Track – Caring for the Caregiver: Greg Jones, PhD.

11:25 am – 12:25 pm – Lunch on Your Own

Official Conference – Day 1

12:30 pm – Welcome Conference Attendees

12:45 – 2:00 pmKey Note Addressing Pain and Suffering: Developing Highly Effective Interdisciplinary Teams: Greg Gardia, MEd., MSW, LCSW.

2:10 – 3:00 pm – Session A (Choose One Concurrent Session)

  1. The Grief Journey: Michele Napier, M.T.S.
  2. Legal Tools of Purpose: Guardianships, Conservators, DPOA: Cheryl Hill, JD
  3. Connecting with out Experts: End-of-Life Pain Management: Tyler Jenema, PharmD
  4. Ethical Dilemmas in Advance Care Planning: Mom Isn’t Herself: Marleen Eijkholt, Ph.D., LL.M/LL.B

3:10 – 4:00 pm – Session B (Choose One Concurrent Session)

  1. Mind/Body Intervention: An Overview of Practical and Clinical Research: Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW
  2. Signs & Symptoms: Changes at End of Life: Louise Wilcox, RN, CHPN
  3. Cultural Diversity Panel: Paul Lehmberg, PhD, KBIC Representative, Aaron Scholnik, MD
  4. Professional and personal ethical dilemmas at the end of life: Mom Wants to Die: Marleen Eijkholt, Ph.D., LL.M/LL.B

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Day 2

7:30 am – Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:10 am – Welcome

8:10 – 9:30 am – Keynote Staying Connected to the Compassion, Hopefulness and Resiliency Within Us: Lu Marchard, MD, BSN, FAAHPM

9:40 – 11:40 am – Connecting to Compassion, Hope and Resiliency through Reflective Writing, Storytelling, and Story Listening: Lu Marchard, MD, BSN, FAAHPM

11:40 am – 12:40 pm – Lunch provided (Networking)

Options for 20 minute Personal Well-Being Sessions

12:00 – 12:30 pm – Inaugural Northern Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Network Meeting

12:45 – 12:55 pm – Welcome Back

Trillium House Update: Daniel S. Mazzuchi, MD

12:55 – 1:45 pm – Session C (Choose One Concurrent Session)

  1. “Professional Ethics & Spiritual Depletion“ – Joseph Piccione, S.Th.D.
  2. “Connecting with our Experts: End of Life Pain Management” – Tyler Jenema, PharmD
  3. “Comfort at the End of Life – Alternative Treatments” – Jessica Haloskie, MD
  4. “Delivering Bad News”- Steven Gualdoni, PA-C

1:55 – 2:45 pm – Session D (Choose One Concurrent Session)

  1. Final Transitions: Unfinished Business, Bucket List and Legacy Work” – Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW
  2. “Comfort at the End of Life – Alternative Treatments” – Jessica Haloskie, MD
  3. “Palliative Care for End Stage Renal Disease” – Michael Grossman, MD
  4. “The Grief Journey” – Michele Napier, M.T.S

2:55 – 3:45 pm – Session E (Choose One Concurrent Session)

  1. “How to be Sick: Mind/Body Interventions for Pain Management”: Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW
  2. “Professional Ethics and Spiritual Depletion” – Joe Piccione, S.Th.D.
  3. “Delivering Bad News”- Steven Gualdoni, PA-C

Downloadable Conference Brochure


Fill out the form below. You may also print a Downloadable Registration Form here, fill it out and mail with your payment to:

Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice
Attn: Conference
914 Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

NursingSocial WorkCaregiverPhysicianChaplainOther

Early Bird (Now-Sept. 30) $100General (Oct. 1-Oct. 13) $125Late (after Oct. 13) $150Caregiver or Verified College Student $50LSH Volunteer $25

Pre-conference Tuesday Workshop Choices (each workshop is an additional $25):



Concurrent Session Choices: A, B, C, D, E- Choose one from each session:

Session A:

Session B:

Session C:

Session D:

Session E:

Pre-registration is required. Registration fees, less a $75 cancellation fee, are refundable if notice of cancellation is given on or before October 17.

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