IBERIABANK will continue the Health “PLUS” Medical Lecture series with the topic of “Compassion Fatigue and Palliative Care” on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at the IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6 p.m.
Palliative care is specialized medical attention for people with serious illnesses. “The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their families,” says The Center to Advance Palliative Care. Compassion fatigue, also known as vicarious traumatization, is the emotional strain from exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. According to stress.org, it can affect many facets of a person’s well-being, including sleep disturbance, emotional intensity, loss of hope and meaning, and severe depression. On March 24, Loren Whipple and Gwen Kolegue will discuss the psychosocial, spiritual, and physical aspects of palliative care, and the symptoms, causes of compassion fatigue, as well as the importance of self-care.
Loren Whipple has been a social worker for nearly 40 years and a certified educational trainer for 33 years. She specializes in transitions, loss, and grief. Whipple is an experienced presenter, group facilitator, and personal coach who educates and guides people to help manage life’s transitions and enhance their coping skills.
Gwen Kolegue is a nurse practitioner board certified in family practice, pain management, palliative and hospice care. She has been in practice for over 30 years in nursing. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in 1979 with her BSN, and in 2000, she graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, from Barry University. Gwen has practiced across the spectrum of care, hospital care, medical-surgical care, oncology, home health, case management, nurse manager, post-anesthesia care and a pain management practitioner. In 2006, Kolegue pioneered the development of a hospital based palliative care practice at Health Park Medical Center Hospital, Lee Memorial Health System and in 2010 became the Program Director for Naples Community Hospital in patient palliative care. She joined Avow in August 2014 as Director of Palliative Medicine Consultants.
This lecture is open to the public, however, seating is limited and there is a $3.00 admission. Please call (239) 403-5169 to make a reservation. For additional information about the Health Plus Lecture Series, please contact Keith Dameron with IBERIABANK at (239) 403-5136. Lecture content is provided by the featured physicians. IBERIABANK is responsible for hosting this event and not responsible for lecture content.