2017 Advanced Illness Management Summit Aftermath

Innovations in Hospital & Community Partnerships
March 29, 2017
William & Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC


We were over 100 strong at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill on March 29th! And as of Monday morning, more than half of the participants had made these comments about the AIM Summit and presenters:

  • “I offer the day was one of the best I have ever participated in –diversity of leadership, quality of participants, content, and, of course, location!”
  • “Dr. Ihrig was phenomenal! Enjoyed his patient stories and stories of working with ACO.”
  • “Dr. Tim Ihrig was outstanding in content and delivery.”
  • “It was refreshing to hear Dr. Ihrig’s viewpoint on the perception of PC worth within out healthcare system. The fragmented system and lack of education regarding palliative care (i.e. differences in PC and hospice) among highly education physicians/hospital board members. He has been in the trenches and has seen the true impact.”
  • “Great topics and presenters!”
  • “Very much enjoyed this; well worth the time and money!”
  • “I can’t say enough about the feeling I get when I am surrounded by individuals who share my love for our patients and their families. We realize this is their moment in the world, their disease process, and their decision how to journey through!”
  • “Being new to Hospice and Palliative care, it gave me a deeper awareness of the obstacles we have when trying to get these services earlier on in patients’ disease process.”
  • “Excellent, high quality keynote, workshop, and panel participants made the time spent very worthwhile. I appreciated the choices of administrative and clinical offerings.”
  • “Perhaps the most powerful piece was Charlotte Sweeney.”

    Evaluations are also identifying:

  • How participants plan to use the information they received:
    1. Ensuring better care to Pediatric patients
    2. Working with advanced illness planning and pain management
    3. I will use this information as a reference for when I evaluate patients to determine appropriateness of treatment in the sense of palliation rather than curative and to best equip patient to actually live and experience life rather than just being kept alive
    4. Exploring and pushing forward for palliative care in home.
    5. Piloting a new Community Palliative Care Program.
  • Topics participants would like to see at future meetings of The Carolinas Center:
    1. Creating bridges between home health and hospice for those inbetween patients.
    2. Community engagement strategies for increasing utilization of the MOST form across venues of care.
    3. Intermediate level information on tracking outcomes and financial benefit
    4. In depth updated billing information for palliative care
    5. I believe it is a need to invite people from other States, countries or cultures to share experiences that respond to other models and realities in order to help people think outside of the box.
    6. Pediatric Palliative Care initiatives/best practice
    7. Educating non-palliative providers educating the public to advocate for themselves
    8. Pain management
    9. A session on alternative and complementary methods to ease symptoms and pain (and also, perhaps, how to pay for them).
    10. How patient and family advisors and councils are best practice as one way to bridge the gap between systems and community, and move palliative care upstream for all chronic disease, not cancer care only.
    11. Building Community Based Palliative Care Programs Building Partnerships with Institutes of Higher Learning
    12. Community partnerships with other providers and community at large.