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Psychosocial Day of Sharing
Tuesday, December 07, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST
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Psychosocial Virtual Day of Sharing

Postponed - New Date TBD

This webinar has been approved for 2 Social Work hours and 2 General hours!

TOPICS

African American Veterans: the Power of their Story

Serving Above the Rim: Re-Igniting our Passion 

Demystifying Death Doulas

The Psychosocial Comprehensive Assessment

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Speakers:

Susanne Sasser | Patriot Hospice, Volunteer Coordinator 

Suzanne Sasser is currently a Volunteer Coordinator at Patriot Hospice & Palliative Care in the Grand Strand Area of South Carolina. She also coordinates the We Honor Veterans Level 5 Program for that area. Her hometown is Conway SC although she recently moved to Myrtle Beach. She attended Conway High School, St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, The College of Charleston and graduated from the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University with a BA in English. She is the mother of two beautiful, amazing daughters, Allie and Katherine. She has found the healing power of storytelling through various channels: her English degree, family stories, church, and her experience with Veterans and Volunteers. She researches to find ways to make the stories of others become tools to bridge understanding and healing between various collective groups. She hopes to get her Masters Degree either in Social Work or related field regarding Trauma and Healing.  Much of her focus, time and energy are spent on understanding the impact of trauma and complex trauma on human beings (as individuals and groups) and ways we can (as individuals and groups) offer acknowledgement, support, and healing to each other.

In the role of Hospice Volunteer Coordinator over the last eight years, she has interviewed approximately 25 Hospice patients, Volunteers and other Veterans in the community for the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress.  She has nominated and participated in hundreds of Quilts of Valor ceremonies. She is instrumental in coordinating a Veteran Volunteer with filing VA benefits on behalf of patients, their surviving spouses, family members, and Veteran volunteers. She was honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Grand Strand Embrace Hospice Hope Award and the 2021 Carolinas Center Spirit of Hospice Award. She volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, with Quilts of Valor, and is on the Healing Prayer Team at her church. Her hobbies are reading, sewing and quilting, fishing, and wildlife, landscape, still life, and photojournalistic photography. She also loves to sing and hear and tell stories, with friends, family, and Worship Team. And she loves to celebrate life.


Marisette Hasan, RN, BSN | CEO & President, The Carolinas Center  

Marisette Hasan graduated from the University of South Carolina with Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. She has worked professionally as an RN since 1981 in various roles: oncology nurse, hospice nurse, clinical manager, home health and hospice administrator and nurse consultant. She currently serves as the President& CEO for The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care (TCC). She is passionately engaged in supporting hospice and palliative care providers in North and South Carolina through leadership, innovation, public advocacy and regulatory technical assistance. In addition to her current role, she serves as the Co-Chair for the My Life My Choices 1.8 million dollar SC ACP grant initiative, funded by BCBS SC Foundation for the SC Coalition of the Care of the Seriously Ill. This initiative is focused on raising education and awareness with clinicians and underserved community citizens, incorporating a technology pilot to store ACP documents for rapid access with an E-repository. She is engaged on the national front as a member of the NHPCO Council of States Steering Committee, the NHPCO Palliative Care Advisory Council, NHPCO Diversity Advisory Council and the CTAC National State Coalition Task Force. She is certified as an ELNEC trainer, Respecting Choices Facilitator, and Serous Illness Conversation Guide Trainer. Finally, Marisette is engaged in research as a community stakeholder Co-Investigator for a PCORI grant initiative led by Dr. Kimberly Johnson to investigate and implement effective tools to eliminate ACP disparities among African Americans in 5 states.


Mary Lou Infinito, CDD | Vidant Health, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, Certified Death Doula

Mary Lou Infinito graduated from nursing school in New Jersey and then started her career in Oncology Nursing.  From there she became interested and involved in many different areas of End-of-Life care over the years.  It was when Mary Lou looked back at all her many life experiences with patients and their families as well as her numerous personal experiences combined with her volunteer work that she realized she was always meant to help people be a part of the dying process for themselves and those they loved.  Mary Lou's greatest life experience was working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India where the impact of recognizing that everyone deserves to die with dignity was powerful.  In addition, her time in India had a huge impact on increasing her levels of gratitude about every life experience both large and small.

Mary Lou is a Certified Death Doula and trained instructor in many educational programs to help others including Respecting Choices - both First Steps and Last Steps, The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), The "Hello" Game and The Serious Illness Care Program as well as a skilled Hospice Volunteer. Mary Lou is excited to be able to provide additional education, insights and support to providers and communities throughout eastern North Carolina and beyond regarding celebrating both living and dying.

Mary Lou is an Outreach Program Coordinator and Educator for Advance Care Planning with Vidant Health covering the southern section of the 29 counties from where she lives in New Bern, North Carolina and beyond.  This work assists in making advance care planning a routine part of healthcare in an effort to assure that both families and the medical community are aware and can follow the patient's individual choices for care.  This work is done through enhancing conversations with people about what it means to Live Well and Die Well.

 


Vicki Dougherty, BA, DD | Vidant Health Education and Outreach Coordinator, Advance Care Planning  

Vicki Dougherty graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  After working in Adult Services in various program areas for over 25 years, Vicki became the Hospice Program Manager for Edgecombe Home Care and Hospice, where she completed her 30 + year career with Edgecombe County.  Her love for assisting patients and families during difficult times has led to several opportunities surrounding palliative care and end of life since her initial retirement.

Vicki is a trained Death Doula, a certified instructor in Respecting Choices First Steps and Last Steps, the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), as well as The Serious Illness Conversation project in Boston, led by Dr. Atul Gawande through Ariadne Labs. Vicki is excited to be able to provide additional education and support to providers and communities throughout eastern North Carolina.

Vicki is now one of three Outreach Coordinators for Advance Care Planning with Vidant Health.  Hopes are to make advance care planning a routine part of health care in an effort to assure that both families and the medical community are aware of and can follow a patient’s individual choices for care.  


Ginger Griffin/BSW, ACM, CDD | Vidant Chowan Hospital Social Worker, Accredited Case Manager, Certified Death Doula

Ginger has been a Social worker for approximately 37 years. She is currently working as a Social Worker/Case Manager since 2006  at Vidant Chowan Hospital. In 2018, Ginger completed the End of Life Doula training through INELDA and became certified as an End of Life Doula in 2019. She went onto pursue additional trainings thru the Institute of Birth, Breath and Death through Amy Wright Glenn and gained additional certification to work with pregnant women that have experienced fetal demise, still birth and miscarriage.


Alicia Sterritt, MSW | Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Quality/Compliance Officer 

Alicia Howell Sterritt is the Quality and Compliance Officer for Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in NC. Alicia began her career in long term care before moving on to the Hospice industry where she now has 20 years of experience, beginning as a patient care social worker, then expanding her skills to an inpatient unit project coordinator and quality and compliance manager. Alicia worked for The Carolina’s Center for 3 ½ years, before going back to work for a Hospice organization. Her Hospice experience expands across both Carolinas, where she has experience with regulations in both states, accreditation, and working with Palmetto GBA on the Hospice coalition. TCC recognized Alicia’s talented and dedicated work with the first Tamra West Leadership Award in 2014. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Winthrop University and a master’s in social work from The University of SC in Columbia. She lives in Upstate SC with her husband and 3 young children.