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Greetings from the Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork! We are a passionate multispecialty group looking to spread the word on the impact palliative care across the practice of pulmonary, cardiac, and critical care medicine. While only a few CHEST Today highlights feature the word “palliative” in their title, we want to challenge you to consider the role you play in the everyday management of your patients symptoms, of clarifying their treatment goals, and of providing best holistic end-of-life care when indicatedEven though the Choosing Wisely Campaign had a specific mention for end-of-life care, other recommendations focused on eliminating unnecessary testing have the potential to decrease pain from blood draws, improve sleep by eliminating those 5 am chest x-rays, and target other symptoms of chronic illness both inside and outside of the intensive care setting. Remember: palliative care can and should happen throughout the illness continuum! 

Our small but mighty NetWork needs YOU! We would like to recruit talented individuals who would like to get more involved with CHEST and our NetWork. Even if you can’t get involved directly, we encourage you to follow our NetWork tracks at the annual meeting, and SEND US YOUR INPUT! We are interested to hear directly from you what interests you, what educational needs you have, what content you would like to see, what conversations you would like to participate inhow can we make palliative care a more integral part of your day-to-day practice? Let us know. 

Laura Johnson, MD, FCCP 
Chair, Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork 

Want to get involved?

Apply for a steering committee position: Did you know that many CHEST leaders got their start on NetWork Steering Committees? Elections for steering committees are occurring now through May 28. Enter your name here if you are interested!

Participate in the NetWorks Challenge: Contribute on behalf of the Practice Operations NetWork for the CHEST Foundation’s NetWork Challenge annual drive to support clinical research and patient education efforts. Each NetWork will be awarded a travel grant to give to a trainee or other designee for every $5,000 contributed to the CHEST Foundation.  

Join the conversation: Have an idea or suggestion? See a good article link you want to share? Want information on palliative and end-of-life careStart tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTPalCare

NetWork CHEST Physician article

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.25.27 AMCheck out the Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork’s latest article on “Importance of language and word choice when discussing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by NetWork Steering Committee members Benjamin Moses, MD, and Anne Kelemen, LCSW, in the April issue of CHEST Physician. 


Designating primary and secondary NetWorks

Join as many NetWorks as you would like, and designate (up to) two primary NetWorks and limitless secondary NetWorks. Primary NetWork designation gives you access to News From the NetWorks, key events in the CHEST community, and up-to-date information on happenings in your NetWork. 

Join multiple NetWorks or change your NetWork affiliation any time by logging in to My Accountand indicate your preferences on the NetWorks page.

Learning opportunities

We encourage our membership to attend the CHEST Annual Meeting, where several lectures along with NetWork featured lectures and experiences will highlight the topics of interest in the area of practice operations. Join us, the Disaster Response and Global Heath NetWork, and the Critical Care NetWork for two exciting sessions on the impact of natural disasters on the choices we make for our patients. Registration for CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is open. 

More educational opportunities include CHEST Live Learning courses, and CHEST Board Review, which are found in the CHEST Store.

Get to know your leadership!


Palliative care takes many forms and weaves its way into the daily practice of surgery in ways that we are often unable to measure. As a burn surgeon, I have the privilege of taking care of patients and their families during a period of tremendous change in their lives. It is humbling to see something as simple as a shower or the touch of a hand have significant impact. I joined the Palliative and End-of-Life NetWork because I believe palliative care has a role in everyone's practice, and I wanted to engage with and learn from other people with the same passion.  


Laura Johnson, MD, FCCP 
Chair, Palliative and End-of-Life NetWork 
Assistant Professor of Surgery at Georgetown School of Medicine 
Section of Burn & Trauma 


Hunter GroningerPalliative care has been my primary vocation since medical schoolthe opportunities to improve quality of care across the spectrum of advanced illness are palpable. As director of a robust palliative care program at a large, urban hospital, I see countless ways to positively impact the illness experience of seriously ill patients. I joined the CHEST Palliative and End-of-Life NetWork because anyone who cares for the seriously ill is somehow participating in palliative care; we need to collaborate to make it better. arn from other people with the same passion.  


Hunter Groninger, MD  
Vice-Chair, Palliative and End-of-Life NetWork 
Associate Professor of Medicine (Palliative Care) at Georgetown University

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