Binghamton University to hold end-of-life and palliative care conference


Binghamton University will be holding a conference “Conversations in the Discipline:  Working Together Toward a Better Quality – An Interdisciplinary Perspective on End of Life and Palliative Care,” on Friday, May 2, at the Holiday Inn Arena, located on Hawley Street in Binghamton. 

The conference will offer participants a broader understanding of quality end-of-life and palliative care.  Topics to be discussed will include complementary and alternative medicine within end-of-life and palliative care, psycho-social needs of patients, families and caregivers, the media’s role, cross-cultural awareness, and legislative issues around end-of-life care. 

This conversation is a forum for discussion by nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, and other health professionals. The program integrates presentations from those who are familiar with the portrayal of death, dying and grief in music, art, and literature. This multi-professional and interdisciplinary approach will assist participants in building an understanding of quality care, based on an integrated approach to life and its end.

The keynote speakers are Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, City of Hope, California, and Timothy Quill, MD, University of Rochester, New York.  Ferrell is nationally known for her work in the areas of pain management, quality of life and end of life care for cancer patients.  She will speak on the unique needs of individuals and families in palliative care.  Dr. Quill will report and provide an overview and assessment of the current state of end of life care in upstate New York providing comparison to national benchmarks.

Nurses have the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEU’s) from Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital Inc. by attending this conference.

To register call (607) 777-6857, toll-free 1-877-313-2508, fax 607-777-4544, or visit

This conference is sponsored by the Decker School of Nursing and the College of Community and Public Affairs of Binghamton University, Upstate Medical University, The College of New Rochelle and Southern Tier End-of Life Coalition.

Last Updated: 9/17/13