Summary of 2018 Annual Culture Change Network of Georgia Summit

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There is a need to clarify what it is, how it is different than hospice, and how it is the key person-centered approach to providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious or life-limiting illness.

It is all about improving quality of life and wellbeing for the individual who is experiencing the illness as well as their family/care partners. Palliative Care is not just about treating pain. It also treats depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and any other symptoms that may be causing distress. It helps give people the strength they need to carry on with daily life.

Research confirms that once people know what it is and what it can do, 92% want palliative care for themselves and those they love. We want all stakeholders to come together as a community of caring to advance awareness and access to palliative care in Georgia.


Welcome & Introductions
Walter Coffey & Kim McRae, Co-Founders, CCNG

Person Centered Palliative Care
Mark Philbrick, RN/MSN, Director of Education/Volunteer Svcs, Transitions LifeCare

Innovations in Palliative Care
Anna Skold, MD, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Southeast Permanente Medical Group

Pre Lunch Greetings

  • Building Resources for Delivering Person-Centered Care in Georgia Nursing Homes
    Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University
  • Best Practices in Bereavement Care
    Amanda Brown, Project Coordinator, University of Georgia

Promoting Appropriate Use of Palliative Care Services in Skilled Nursing Center
Jennifer Judson RN/BSN, Project Lead, Palliative Care, Alliant Quality & Panel from Savannah area: Elise Stafford, LNHA; Ronald Legree, SW; Leigh Thigpen, DON


Becky Kurtz, Director, Area Agency on Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission

Bringing Well-Being to Palliative Care
Amy Bocchino, LMSW, Director of Advance Care Planning, WellStar Health System


Healthcare Research, LeadingAge Georgia/Georgia Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association Georgia
Chapter, Georgia Health Care Association, Georgia Gerontology Society, “Building Resources for
Delivering Person-Centered Care in Georgia Nursing Homes” CMP Grant (via Georgia State University/GA Department of Community Health/CMS), The Debley Foundation


Kim Mc Rae, President, Have a Good Life
Walter Coffey, Managing Partner, WD International Consulting
Ginny Helms, President & CEO, LeadingAge Georgia/Georgia Institute on Aging
Pam Clayton, VP Quality Advancement/Regulatory Affairs, Georgia Health Care Association
Linda Kluge, Executive Director, Alliant Quality
Jennifer Craft Morgan, Associate Professor, Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University
Becky Kurtz, Director, Area Agency on Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission
Rose Marie Fagan, Founding Executive Director, Pioneer Network (retired)


To change the way Georgians think and feel about aging and disability by creating the kind of care and support we want for our loved ones and ourselves.

Founded in 2008 to be the clearinghouse of culture change in Georgia, we are committed to breaking down the silos of long-term care and working to create a community of caring.

We are a group of dedicated supporters and stakeholders working as partners to promote and foster person-centered care to improve the quality of life in all settings where long-term care, services and supports are delivered.

  • Dale M. Le Mense

    Very interesting. I would like to know more and be a part of the culture change if I can, do not know if I can be apart of it. Would like to vist and learn more.

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