How to deliver bad news with empathy

Imagine that you’ve just been told, “You have cancer.” While you imagine the feeling of devastation, numbness or overwhelming fear those three words hold, you’ve likely never pictured the emotional impact the delivery of diagnosis has on the person saying them. For the medical professional, there is a lot of preparation that goes into the way you deliver … Continue reading How to deliver bad news with empathy

Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Unbeknownst to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas staff, the husband of a young terminally ill patient was planning to renew the couple’s vows on their seventh wedding anniversary. Once Marci, a palliative care chaplain, and the oncology staff learned of the husband’s plans, they were incredibly moved and wanted to help … Continue reading Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living

Amy Culley has worked as a nurse here at Baylor Scott & White Health for more than 10 years. More than two years ago, she received the worst news of her life. At age 38, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Since that time, she has become a passionate advocate for supportive and palliative care … Continue reading Thanks to end-of-life care, Amy Culley isn’t dying — she’s living

Texas senior health rankings spotlight strengths, challenges

The United Health Foundation recently ranked Texas No. 31 in health. The foundation also ranked the states on senior health, where Texas ranked 41st among the states. The state’s challenges include more than 11 percent of seniors living in poverty and the prevalence of households with food insecurity, meaning inconsistent access to adequate food. Texas … Continue reading Texas senior health rankings spotlight strengths, challenges

Listen: ‘On Call’ podcast launches with focus on palliative care

As we told you a few days ago, we’re talking palliative care on multiple platforms this week. We kicked it off with our first #bswhchats Twitter chat on the topic on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, KERA News (90.1 FM) highlighted the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas music therapy program. Reporter Lauren Silverman’s touching piece … Continue reading Listen: ‘On Call’ podcast launches with focus on palliative care

Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending

Health care costs have grown faster than the U.S. economy for most of the past 50 years. Costs are on a trajectory to account for nearly 20 cents out of every $1 spent by 2020. Therefore, it was a stunning development when the Congressional Budget Office estimated Medicare spending would be $1,000 lower per beneficiary … Continue reading Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending

National Healthcare Decisions Day: What is Your Plan B?

The scene plays itself out over and over in hospitals across America. A patient, let’s call him “John”, lies incurably ill in the intensive care unit. A machine breathes for John and various drugs support other body functions. He’s unable to communicate. The doctor explains to the John’s family, “I’m sorry to say that John … Continue reading National Healthcare Decisions Day: What is Your Plan B?

Hospice workers help patients maintain their quality of life

With a purse-shaped cake and a gathering of loved ones, a woman celebrates her 100th birthday, something she didn’t think she’d see when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. But thanks to the Scott & White hospice care team, she is able to have her dying wish granted. “If there’s something that a patient … Continue reading Hospice workers help patients maintain their quality of life