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Hotcakes for Hospice
Posted on 07.09.14 in Events, News

Lake Superior Hospice will be hosting its Second Annual “Hotcakes for Hospice” fundraiser on Saturday, July 26 8:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Frazier Boat Yard-Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast by the bay that will include pancakes, French toast, maple syrup, fresh blueberries, sausage links, orange juice, coffee and milk. Tickets are priced at $12 for ages 13 and older; $5 for youth ages 6-12; and a donation is suggested for children five and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Lake Superior Hospice at 225-7760 or Downtown Eye Care 226-2020.

All proceeds raised will go to benefit the Lake Superior Hospice Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund is a program organized to help meet the needs of patients and their families while under the care of Lake Superior Hospice. Patients often have specific needs that would increase their quality of life and comfort but are not affordable for the family. This fund will allow LSH to meet the needs of patients and ensure their comfort while in hospice care by providing for needs that are not covered by insurance and are simply beyond the means of the family.

Keynote Speakers Announced
Posted on 05.19.14 in Events, News

On October 21 and 22, 2014, Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine will be hosting its Second Annual Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference, “A Patient’s Right to Quality Care… Providing Care Patients Desire and Deserve.” The conference will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University in the University Center. The conference will grow this year to two days and features keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, and preconference, interactive workshops. Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine are pleased to announce their three keynote speakers for the upcoming conference.


Stephanie Anderson, MSN, RN, CHPN

Stephanie Anderson is a Senior Consultant/Faculty for Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System. Prior to joining Gundersen Health System, Andersen served in a variety of administrative and clinical roles in hospice and palliative care, home care and case management, including leadership positions within the Ethics and Post-Acute Care Committees at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as on the Board of Directors for Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa and its Palliative Care Advisory Committee.

Anderson has been an Advance Care Planning Instructor for Respecting Choices since 2009 and became a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment) faculty member for Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System in October 2012. She initiated and co-chaired the Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST) movement. She believes identifying and respecting a patient’s healthcare treatment goals should be the top priority to delivering exceptional person and family centered care.

smith-1Patrick T. Smith, MDiv, MA, PhD

Patrick Smith, PhD is the Ethics Coordinator for the Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, MI and a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics through the Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard University. He also is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hampton, MA.

Along with regional commitments, he is dedicated to global education having taught courses and provided lectures to medical professionals, educators, and community and government leaders, and clergy in Kitwe, Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya, and various regions in the West Indies.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan, the ethics advisory council for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the Boston Children’s Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Community Ethics Committee sponsored by Harvard Ethics Leadership Group. His general academic and research areas are in ethical theory, end-of-life medical ethics, hospice palliative care, and theological ethics.

TomlinsonTom Tomlinson, PhD

Tom Tomlinson, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University and in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, where he serves as Director.

Dr. Tomlinson has taught health care ethics to medical, nursing, and veterinary students since 1981. In addition, he teaches graduate courses in the Department of Philosophy. He regularly speaks to professional and public audiences on a variety of topics. He provides consultation to Michigan hospitals and health professionals, and serves on the Ethics Committees of Sparrow Hospital and McLaren General Lansing.

His recent publications cover issues concerning futile resuscitation, the duty to provide care to patients with deadly infectious diseases, determinations of death in organ donation protocols, and donors’ control over research uses of their de-identified tissue and data. In July of 2012, his book, Methods in Medical Ethics: Critical Perspectives was published by Oxford University Press.


We know this conference will bring likeminded people together from throughout the Upper Peninsula, Northern Lower Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin with an anticipated attendance of up to 175 healthcare practitioners, community leaders and others interested in hospice and palliative care. On the evening of October 21st, we will be offering a presentation to the conference attendees and the greater community to discuss what truly can be represented in an advance care plan that is meaningful and individualized. Other topics to be presented at the conference will include ethical dilemmas, end of life Veterans programs in the U.P., symptom management skills, evidence based advance care planning methods, coping with grief, and legal issues surrounding end of life care. A diverse, expert panel of presenters from the area as well as experts from the national level will bring this information to attendees. Early bird registration is set to open on June 2, 2014.







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