Palliative Care Program Spotlight: Turning a Program Around with Emory Palliative Care Center

The Palliative Care Program Spotlight Series travels to Atlanta, Georgia, to hear about the Emory Palliative Care Center at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital and how they successfully rebuilt a palliative care program that was struggling to find its footing.

In this episode, we sit down with Sherika Newman, DO, who joined the team as Director of Palliative Medicine in 2014. Upon arrival, Sherika’s team had six consults on their charts. At the end of fiscal year 2016, the team saw 914 new consults and 2,200 in total. While this is a remarkable uptick in activity, with growth comes growing pains. Sherika discusses how she was able to work successfully with referring physicians to build a bridge between specialties and find the right consults. She also gives her tips on managing staff wellness and shares how using data helped gain her support and buy-in from her institution.

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