Midwest Regional Conference

2024 MHPCA Midwest Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care

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2024 Annual Conference


October 27-29th, 2024

Oasis Hotel, Springfield Missouri

Updates on Presentations

Hospice Intensive October 28, 2024 8-11am

Tyler Staples, PsyD - Developing Resilience in Professional Hospice and Palliative Caregivers

Job-related stress is well-documented in healthcare professionals, which can lead to deleterious

effects on the healthcare field, including patient outcomes. In the absence of systematic

organizational changes, healthcare professionals must rely on personal resilience to maintain

psychological well-being. The current presentation discusses research regarding resilience in healthcare professionals and the ways that professionals can develop resilience in themselves, their agencies, and/or their clients.

Palliative Care Intensive October 28, 2024 8-11am

Melissa Gaines, MD FACP - Polypharmacy: A Practical Approach to Deprescribing

Polypharmacy is common in older adults and those with serious life threatening illness.  Frail elderly patients in nursing homes have the highest number of medications.  There is a strong relationship with negative clinical consequences in patients with polypharmacy.  More than half of patients are taking more than one medication that isn’t medically necessary.  This session will give practical tips to address polypharmacy and start a de-prescribing process.  There will be a framework to determine relatedness when it comes to hospice medications and coverage by the hospice or individual.


Keynote Session Monday October 28, 2024

Jamey Boudreaux, LMHPCO Executive Director – LMHPCO’s 25 year (and counting) of Prison Hospice Support Projects

Jamey Boudreaux has led the Louisiana Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization since its founding in 2001.  Prior to his work with LMHPCO, he worked with the Louisiana Hospice Organization for 3 years.  He was trained as a hospice social worker and bereavement coordinator from 1993 until 1998 before assuming the role of executive director of the state’s professional hospice association.  He has an undergraduate degree in political science and graduated degrees in theology and social work.  He lives at the end of Bourbon Street and advocates not only for better end of life care within corrections, but for greater patient safety with state and local Emergency Managers and Responders, especially during hurricane season, as well as educating hospice providers on ways to do a better job of caring for Veterans and Kiddos along the Gulf Coastal states of the country.




Keynote Session Tuesday October 29, 2024

Shelly Henry, RN, CPHRM, CHPN Bridging the Staffing Gap:  Insights from the Hospice Nurse Survey

Shelley Henry, RN, CPHRM, CHPN, is a distinguished figure in the field of hospice nursing, boasting over 22 years of unparalleled expertise spanning various roles from frontline caregiver to Executive Vice President of Corporate Compliance. Renowned for her unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of end-of-life care, Shelley stands as a beacon of advocacy and innovation within the hospice community.

Throughout her illustrious career, Shelley has demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for hospice staffing and documentation, earning her recognition as a foremost authority in these critical areas. Her profound understanding of the nuances of hospice care is reflected in her role as a keynote speaker, where she shares invaluable insights on a diverse array of hospice-related topics with audiences worldwide.

As the Owner and President of The Amity Group, Shelley leads an innovative staffing firm dedicated exclusively to serving the hospice sector. Under her visionary leadership, The Amity Group has emerged as a trailblazer in providing tailored staffing solutions that meet the unique needs of hospice organizations.

In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Shelley is a prolific author, having penned two seminal works on hospice documentation. Her contributions extend beyond the written word, as she is also recognized as an innovative product developer, spearheading the creation of essential tools and resources designed to optimize hospice care delivery.

As a sought-after hospice development and design consultant, Shelley lends her expertise to organizations seeking to establish or enhance their hospice programs. Her passion for education is evident in her role as a dedicated hospice educator, where she imparts knowledge and best practices to aspiring professionals entering the field.

At the heart of Shelley's endeavors lies a profound commitment to preserving the art of hospice care. This ethos is exemplified in her creation of the groundbreaking Hospice Nurse Your Opinion Matters Survey, a pioneering initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of hospice nurses and driving positive change within the industry.

In every facet of her multifaceted career, Shelley Henry embodies the epitome of excellence, dedication, and compassion, leaving an indelible mark on the field of hospice nursing and inspiring countless individuals to uphold the highest standards of care for those nearing life's end.


Hotel Information

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

2546 N. Glenstone

Springfield, Missouri  65803

888-532-4338 Reservations

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