Dr. Charles F. von Gunten, "National Leader in Palliative Medicine," Available to Speak about the Emerging Practice of Palliative Care.
San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care:
WHY: < November is "National Hospice and Palliative Care Month." < Hospice programs have grown to serve nearly every part of the < U.S. Recent studies show hospice care is better than standard < care near the end of life. In addition, according to the < American Hospital Association (2005) hospital-based < palliative care in the U.S. has doubled in the last five < years. One in four hospitals now has a palliative care < service. Three out of four hospitals with at least 250 beds < have palliative care services. Palliative Care is medical < treatment to relieve pain and suffering associated with < serious illness, benefits patients, family members and the < health care system. Palliative care extends the science of < pain relief and improving quality of life beyond its origins < in end-of-life care and is being applied in combination with < standard care in many specialty fields, including oncology, < cardiology, and geriatrics. < WHO: < Charles F. von Gunten, M.D., PhD, FACP is the Provost, Center < for Palliative Studies at San Diego Hospice & Palliative < Care; a teaching and research affiliate of the University of < California, San Diego School of Medicine, University of San < Diego and San Diego State University. He is also an < established investigator of the National Cancer Institute; < Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine; < Chairman, Test Committee, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, < American Board of Medical Specialties; Director of the < largest fellowship program in palliative medicine in the < U.S.; Medical Director of the Doris A. Howell Service, a < palliative care consultation service at UCSD Health Care; an < expert for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) on < developing hospital-based palliative care programs; and < immediate Past President of the American Association for < Cancer Education. < < Dr. von Gunten has been particularly interested in the < integration of hospice and palliative care into academic < medicine. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects < of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom < control. < WHAT: < Dr. Charles F. von Gunten is available to speak to the < following topics: < < -- Current research in the field of palliative care < The Center for Palliative Studies is currently involved in 21 < end-of-life clinical studies. < < -- Palliative care as the newest subspecialty in medicine < Dr. von Gunten played a leading role in the formal < recognition of palliative medicine in the U.S. The < implications of the growth of palliative medicine are that < patients should expect access to palliative care when needed. < < Currently all UCSD Medical Students are required to rotate < and be trained in palliative medicine at San Diego Hospice. < Residents at UCSD training in internal medicine, family < medicine and psychiatry also rotate at San Diego Hospice. < It is believed that every medical school and residency < training program will want to incorporate this new body of < knowledge into their training. < < -- The financial implications of hospice or palliative care < Nearly 25% of Medicare spending is for care in the last year < of life. Hospice organizations, especially those that are < not-for-profit and open to anyone with needs such as San < Diego Hospice, take a dramatic financial burden off of < hospital infrastructure.
Please contact: Karen Sparks, 858-455-5500 X275 or Karen@mentus.com to schedule an interview with Dr. Charles F. von Gunten.
About San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care
San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care continues to set the standard for policies, procedures and models in end-of-life care used by hospices and hospitals around the world. In addition to providing traditional hospice care services to nearly 1,000 seriously ill adults and children throughout San Diego County each day, the organization is recognized for its advances in palliative medicine locally, nationally and globally. San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care is the first and only academic hospice program in the area, providing advanced education to more than 1,200 physicians and healthcare professionals annually around the world and conducting clinical research trials to promote better patient and family care. San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care also assists more than 10,000 individuals, experiencing grief and loss, with support, counseling and guidance each year. The organization has transformed the way end-of-life care is delivered and perceived -- from team care models for patients to research and training on advances in pain management worldwide.