Welcome to Program Spotlight, where we shine a light on the successes and challenges faced by palliative care programs around the country. The palliative care programs are of different sizes, scope and setting. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with a program leader on a wide variety of topics such as overcoming obstacles, managing growth, avoiding staff burnout, getting institutional buy-in, working with referring physicians and navigating uncertain waters ahead.
In Episode 1 of our Program Spotlight Series, we feature CHI Health Palliative Care in Omaha, Nebraska on getting institutional buy-in. CHI currently provides inpatient consults across 5 hospitals with a projected 1,300 consults this year and over 3,700 patient encounters. The program is supported within the clinic structure and works closely with the hospital medicine program. With two physicians, one nurse practioner, 3.5 RNs and administration support, the team works alongside pastoral care and social services to provide care across multiple campuses.