2019 Rural Palliative Care Education Series
Sponsored by the Washington Rural Palliative Care Initiative and open to all rural communities in Washington
Panelists will discuss the complex interweave of addiction and serious illness from multiple perspectives.
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Moderated by Pat Justis, Executive Director at the State Office of Rural Health Washington State Department of Health
Tammy Bhang DNP, ARNP ACHPN is a practicing clinician with Doctorate in Nursing Practice and national certification as an Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care nurse practitioner. Tammy has developed and provided training in complex care conversations for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and chaplains.
Juan Iregui MD, MA, FAAHPM is a physician with formal training in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Ethics. He is a full me Palliative Medicine & Ethics consultant with almost 15 years of clinical experience. He is an experienced VitalTalk facilitator and has mentored many physicians and nurse practitioners in the field of Palliative Medicine.
Michael Schiesser MD is a Board-Certified Specialist in Addiction Medicine. His primary training includes Internal Medicine. Focused primarily on opioid addiction, Dr. Schiesser assists clinical organizations throughout the U.S. in recognizing and responding to addiction to improve patient safety, staff satisfaction, and clinical outcomes.
Bogdan Stepchin, Pharm.D., BCACP is a board certified ambulatory-care pharmacist who has worked at the Providence St. Peter Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic for the last four years. He has helped develop policies and procedures around opioid management, and engaged in many conversations regarding the balance between managing symptoms with controlled substances while being mindful to avoid inadvertently contributing to potential substance use disorder.