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 our page:
Also, we invite you to write us an email to let us know what you think of our newsletter, and perhaps consider being featured under the “spotlight” section!
Eileen O’Shea, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BS, CHPPN
President, Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care (CTEOL)
I entered into the healthcare system at the age of 16, working as a nurse’s assistant, at a local nursing home in Hamden, CT.
Following in my mother’s footsteps, I pursued a career in nursing, at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. My mom, Rose, always modeled nonjudgmental compassionate care for everyone, for as long as I can remember.
Even now, as my mom navigates through the end stages of dementia, she goes through this stage, as she has with every stage of her life, with integrity and pride. Unknowingly at this point in her life, she continues to be an example for me to follow. She is an inspiration and will be forever.
Throughout my life, I have been an advocate for people with healthcare issues, particularly our elder population. Providing patient centered care is a must. I find that coming to know my patients and understanding individual wants, needs, thoughts, and desires is the best part of providing nursing care, - because patients are so much more than their disease.
Over the span of my career, I have worked to improve systems so that they become more cohesive and efficient, with the goal of providing high quality palliative and end-of-life care. Currently, I work at Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. This is a blessing for me, as this company actively promotes providing high quality patient care, as well as enhancing palliative care education for patients, families, staff and providers. After all, don’t we all want to improve the holistic health of patients with serious medical conditions and their families?
On October 1st, 2017 the State of Connecticut adopted Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).
The MOLST online training has been made available to individuals as well as large organizations and is available at:
The training program is a self- study program that should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. A certificate is issued upon successful completion.
Draft MOLST regulations have been completed and will be vetted through CT.s regulatory process until they are approved by the CT legislature’s Regulations Review Committee
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
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