Celebrating our 10th Anniversary 

     ​The Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary as a resource for health professionals and consumers of health care in the state of Oklahoma!!!

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10th Annual Palliative Care & Bioethics Conference

Thursday, November 3, 2016
8 am-4:30 pm
Samis Education Center Auditorium
1200 Children's Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK




0800-0830       Registration 

08:30               Introduction/Special Announcement

0845                Pam Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN
                        “Self-care/moral distress/burnout/compassion fatigue” 

09:45               Break 

10:00               TBA

10:45               Break

11:00               Dr. Michael Johnson
                        “Palliative Care in the seriously ill/chronic pediatric patient”

11:45               Julie Conrady
                        “Spiritual & Religious Considerations in Palliative Care” 

12:30               Lunch

13:15               Gavin Enck, PhD
                        “Interpersonal Conflict in Palliative Care”

14:00               Helen Zienkievicz, APRN, CNP
                        “Health Literacy & Cognitive Impairment”

14:45               Break

15:00               Dr. T. Grewe
                        “Advanced Symptom Management and Prognostication

16:00               Closing/Evaluation

​​Participants may attend in person or view recorded video to be posted after the conference.  Everyone must register by email to stacy-wigley@ouhsc.edu, including your name, work and home phone, email address and social worker license number.  In person attendees will receive 6 hours of Category I continuing education, including 3 hours of ethics.  Participants viewing the video will receive 6 hours of Category III continuing education, including 3 hours of ethics.  Registration for in person attendance closes October 4, for video viewing October 28.


Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK

MAP - Stephenson Cancer Center Parking

Exit the Stephenson parking garage on NE 10th Street and walk east to Phillips Street.  Turn north on Phillips and walk to Children's Hospital.  The Samis Education Center Auditorium is inside the hospital right from the entrance.

CMS sets payment rates for advance care planning HERE

Screening tool helps identify patients for palliative care


Palliative Care isn't only for the dying


   Featured Article:  "My Marriage Didn't End When I Became A Widow", Lucy Kalanithi

   Featured Book:  When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

This #1 New York Times Bestseller memoir by Dr. Kalanithi offers wisdom from a doctor who became a terminally ill patient to patients, families, and physicians.



What is "palliative" care?

It is "HOPE". . . 

The Institute of Medicine (1997) defined palliative care as care which ". . .seeks to prevent, relieve, reduce, or soothe the symptoms of disease or disorder without affecting a cure."

Palliative care is medical treatment that is directed to "care" for the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of patients and support for their caretakers.

Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment, and particularly in treatment of serious, chronic illness.

It should be provided alongside any medical treatment intended to "cure" illness and continued to provide quality of life "care" when there is no cure.

Palliative care is the response to a patient's and family's hope for effective pain management and emotional comfort from physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health providers who never stop caring, who never give up on comfort, who always put the patient first. Palliative care is the "good news"  in difficult times of serious, chronic illness.
Palliative care is not restricted to those who are dying. It is focused on the patient and caretakers to recognize the pain and anxiety which accompany serious, chronic, life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment.

 to ". . . live while you're alive" 


OUHSC Family Medicine Dog honored by American Medical Directors Association Foundation in the Caring Canine Calendar. 

B.W. Winnicott, OU Physicians Family Medicine Center

Bow Wow Winnicott, named after British child psychoanalyst Donald Woods D.W. Winnicott, and known by children in foster care as "Winnie" is a soft-coated wheaten terrier. She assisted her owner, Annette Prince, in therapy with Native American children in foster care in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and also helped at inpatient psychiatric units for Childrens' and University Hospitals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 


Address inquiries to:

 Annette Prince, Director

 Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center