Palliative Care of Baton Rouge to host 2019 Palliative Care Symposium


Palliative Care of Baton Rouge will host the 2019 Palliative Care Symposium Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

The event will bring medical professionals and community members together with regional experts to discuss a wide range of topics related to palliative care.    

“Just as palliative care is a team-based care approach, this symposium encourages participants to connect and engage with our experts and each other to discover the many substantial benefits that palliative care services bring to patients and their families,” The Hospice of Baton Rouge CEO Catherine Schendel said.

One keynote speaker will be Dr. BJ Miller, a renowned speaker on patient-centered, palliative and end-of-life care. As the former executive director of the Zen Hospice Project and as a patient, Miller is an advocate for a healthcare system that maximizes the quality of life while minimizing unnecessary suffering for patients. 

The other speaker, Jane Whitlock, became an end-of-life doula after taking care of her husband, who died after a four-month battle with cancer. Whitlock, who gave a TEDx talk about her experience, is an advocate for doulas becoming a part of the end-of-life care team. 

The Hospice of Baton Rouge created PCBR in 2018 to fulfill the community’s need for specialized care focused on improving the quality of life for patients and for their families.

PCBR employs a team of specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers and others who work together with patients’ other healthcare providers to offer an added layer of support. 

Tickets for the symposium are $25 for general admission and $50 for social workers and nurses seeking continuing education credit hours.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and lunch will be provided. 

For more information about the symposium or to purchase tickets, visit

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