Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life Care Spring 2018 News

Welcome from the President

Dear CTEOL Member,

This year our CTEOL Board is piloting innovative ways to communicate with our membership about the Coalition’s current initiatives. We also want to promote events that are being offered by colleagues throughout our state. At CTEOL, we believe that the more we unify our collaborative efforts, the greater our impact will be to improve palliative and end-of-life care for citizens of CT. For a more detailed recap of CTEOL activities in 2017, please visit:

Also, we invite you to write us an email to let us know what you think of our inaugural Newsletter, and perhaps consider being featured under the “spotlight” section! cteolcoordinator@gmail.com

Warm regards,



President, Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care (CTEOL)

Member Spotlight

Dr. Alison Kris

Alison Kris RN, PhD is the newest Coalition board member. Dr. Kris is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Fairfield University . She completed her BSN at the University of Pennsylvania, earned a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. Her program of research centers on issues related to the quality of care and staffing levels in nursing homes, as well as issues related to the quality of hospice care. Currently, Dr. Kris is working on an interdisciplinary grant examining interventions to improve the care of nursing home residents with dementia. She has published in several leading journals, and her work has been widely cited both nationally and internationally.

Upcoming Events

Statewide Hospice and Palliative Care Summit presented by Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home

Friday May 4, 2018

Board Members Dr. Cindy O’Sullivan, Dr. Eileen O’Shea and Pat Trotta received a $25,000 grant from the CT Cancer Partnership to implement The Conversations Project.

The first phase of the project was completed last fall by training graduate nursing students on The Conversation Project.

The second phase was implemented last fall. We aim to provide education about The Conversation Project and how to have this conversation with their loved ones. To date, The Conversation Project has been presented to multiple groups in our community and continues to grow.

The Conversation Project recently launched a starter kit for congregations. This guide is designed to help congregational leaders introduce the Conversation Project's mission and free resources in the communities they know and serve.

Last May the Coalition partnered with Yale New Haven Health System to provide Geriatric End of Life Nursing Consortium (ELNEC) Train the Trainer educational workshops.

On October 1st, 2017 the State of Connecticut adopted Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).

MOLST will aid patients by assuring they will get the treatment that they want at the end of life.

Ask one of our board members about MOLST!

2017 annual Award RECIPIENTS

Excellence in Achievement for Public Service in End of Life Care

Gerard Kerins, MD, FACP and Colleen Gallagher, MA, CADAC, CCHP

Safe Passage for Outstanding Pediatric Clinical Care

Joseph McNamara, MD

Safe Passage for Outstanding Clinical Care

VITAS Inpatient Program/Yale New Haven Hospital

Living Legend in End of Life Care

Suzanne Blancaflor, MS, MPH

President’s Award for Significant Contributions to CTEOL

Cynthia Lamont, LPN

Help spread our mission and build our membership! We are always looking for new members to improve the quality of care at end of life!

Keep an eye out for exciting things happening this spring!


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