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! firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen O’Shea, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BS, CHPPN
President, Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care (CTEOL)
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.
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.
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