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Roundtable Discussion: Insight into the Hospice Team

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Hospice is not a diagnosis, it is a plan of care for a diagnosis and it comes with a care team to help each patient and their family navigate the dying process and all that might entail. The team consists of a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aid and a volunteer. Please join us as a member of each discipline shares their role, any misconceptions people might have, what their presence can bring to a patient and family, and what they love most about the work they do.

Gabrielle Jimenez, LVN, CHPLN provides kind and compassionate care to those nearing their end of life. She has published two books; “Soft Landing” and “The Hospice Heart” where she shares her personal experience of working in the field, stories of patients she has cared for and lessons she has learned. Her blog The Hospice Heart answers the difficult questions surrounding end of life and helps to reduce the fear and misconceptions that hover over death. Her Facebook page for The Hospice Heart has become a loving community of tens of thousands of individuals who have a safe place to connect and share conversations without judgment and filled with compassion.

MD Gary Pasternak is a clinician-educator who focuses his teaching on the physician-patient relationship and palliative care. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Geriatrics (recertification pending); and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Pasternak graduated from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of West Virginia and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also received his Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Renshin Bunce is a Zen Buddhist priest who has worked as a hospice chaplain for ten years.

Tommy Joe has been a Hospice Home Health Aide for 15 years with experience in Home Care and Palliative Care.

Lucia Hollowell, MSW has a long-held interest in human development, family systems, and the greater social context in which we live. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Philosophy & Political Thought and Religion. Lucia obtained her Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University. She completed her graduate-level internships at the Redwood City Police Department and the Eastside Union High School District, where she focused on counseling adolescents and their families.

Lucia’s interest in end of life issues began after witnessing the dying process of several family members. She has experience as a Medical Social Worker in an in-patient hospice house facility, and currently works at Standford Hospital as a Social Work Clinician with the in-patient Palliative Medicine Team.

Her professional interests include healing at the end of life, anticipatory grief counseling, and supporting caregivers during the end of life journey and beyond.

Kathy Gaiser has been a hospice volunteer for 4 years. She has also worked as a home health aid and provided healing touch for hospice patients, but it is volunteering, which has truly called her.


July 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


Gabrielle Elise Jimenez


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