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Crouse Hospital Hosting Seminar on Supportive Care for Those Living with Serious Illness


Palliative Care Seminar - newsCaring for a loved one suffering with chronic illness or a life-limiting condition requires compassion, knowledge and support.  On Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Crouse Hospital will host an educational seminar to focus on the important roles palliative medicine and hospice care can play in the lives of those with serious illness.  The program, free and open to the public, will be held at the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave., Syracuse, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Marley and Crouse Hospital garages. Pre-registration is requested and can be made by calling 315/472-2464.


Presenters will be Melinda McMinn, MD, medical director of Crouse Hospital's Palliative Medicine Service, and Sarah Piskor, LMSW, a social worker with Hospice of Central New York. They will define the roles and outline the differences between Palliative Medicine services and hospice care and share community support resources. They will also provide information on taking a proactive approach through advance directives, making difficult decisions and considering goals of treatment and quality of life.


Crouse Hospital appointed Melinda McMinn, MD, as medical director for the hospital’s Palliative Medicine service in 2009. In her role, Dr. McMinn oversees all aspects of the service, as well as provides direct consultation and support to patients and their families. In addition, she provides education to staff, patients and families and collaborates with the interdisciplinary members of the Palliative Medicine service to ensure patients receive the best care in accordance with Crouse's mission, vision and values. Board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. McMinn is a graduate of SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. She completed her family practice residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and went on to private practice in the Syracuse area. She is currently a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Upstate Medical University and is an Associate Medical Director at Hospice of Central New York, in addition to her primary role at Crouse Hospital. Sarah Piskor, LMSW, is a Discharge Planning Social Worker at Hospice of Central New York. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work from Niagara University and her MSW from Syracuse University.



Crouse Hospital Palliative Medicine Service

Hospice of Central New York


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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