Palliative Care Conference

November 11, 2017

Sacred Heart University's College of Nursing and St. Vincent's Medical Center present

Living Well Through Illness:
Charting a Patient-Centered Voyage

A palliative care conference for patients, families,
caregivers and health care providers 

Date:  Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:  Sacred Heart University, Martire Business & Communications Center
5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT

  • Free to public and health care providers not requesting continuing education credits.
  • $25 for health care providers requesting these credits. 
  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided

We are currently at the maximum capacity for this event.  CLICK HERE if you would like to be added to the wait list.
  Presenter Biographies

This conference has two goals: First, to provide patients, their family and caregivers with information and inspiration regarding the palliative care experience. Second, to offer healthcare providers with useful information to share with their patients. 


9:00 -  9:30AM

Registration and coffee

9:30 - 9:45AM

Welcomes from Deans at Sacred Heart University
Mary Alice Donius, EdD, RN, Dean of the College of Nursing
Patricia Walker, EdD, Dean of the College of Health Professions
Robin Cautin, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

9:45 - 10:15AM

Keynote Presentation
"18 months and Beyond"
Dr. Lisa Caramico, MD
Bridgeport Hospital

10:15 – 10:45AM

Opening address:
"Palliative Care: Rethinking the Name and the Need"
Dr. Robert Fitton, MD, Director of Palliative Care
St. Vincent’s Medical Center 

10:45- 11:00AM 


Conference Concurrent Sessions
At the conference, attendees will select one presentation/workshop during each session.

11:00 - 11:45AM








Concurrent Session I
“Aligning Your Values and Spirituality with Your Health Care Choices”
Fr. Anthony Ciorra, PhD, Vice President of Catholic Mission and Identity
Sacred Heart University
Prof. Brian Stiltner, PhD
Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies
Sacred Heart University
“Mastering the Demands of Caregiving” 
Prof. Patricia Carl-Stannard, MSW, LCSW
Sacred Heart University
“A Physician’s Perspective”
Dr. Lisa Caramico, MD
Bridgeport Hospital

11:45AM - 12:30PM





Concurrent Session II
“Rehabilitation: Maximizing Quality of Life”
Prof. Beverly Fein, PT, DPT, EdD
Sacred Heart University
"Palliative Care and Decision Making in Serious Illness:
Current Legal and Regulatory Frameworks and Future Directions"
Prof. Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD
Fordham University
“Palliative Care: Social Work”
Prof. Janna C. Heyman, PhD, LMSW
Fordham University

“Staying the Course: Renewing the Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions”
Prof. Patricia Carl-Stannard, MSW, LCSW
Sacred Heart University
Prof. Derek B. Brown, PhD, MSW, LMSW
LIU Brooklyn

12:45 – 2:00PM






Lunch & Speaker Panel with Audience Q&A

Dr. Bob Fitton
Dr. Lisa Caramico
Prof. Mary Beth Morrissey
Fr. Tony Ciorra
Prof. Brian Stiltner
Dean Mary Alice Donius

Prof. Linda Strong, EdD, RN
College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University

Presenter Biographies