Palliative Care News & Events

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Currently Browsing:2017

  • The Palliative Care Division celebrates two decades at the MGH

    Friday, February 17, 2017  Mass General

    As the MGH celebrates the 20th anniversary of Palliative Care, Vicki Jackson, MD, chief of the Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine Division, talks about the emotion of this milestone, the excitement of embarking on the division’s future projects and the challenges the unit has overcome.

Currently Browsing:2016

  • 'What matters in the end'

    Friday, January 8, 2016  Mass General

    December marked five years since the launch of the Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture: Living Well in the Face of Serious Illness.

Currently Browsing:2015

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Fourth Annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014  Mass General

    Fourth Annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture available for streaming online.

  • Helping to heal

    Friday, August 1, 2014  Mass General

    On July 19, a free one-day bereavement program for children, teens and their parents was offered by the Comfort Zone Camp in partnership with the MGH at the Institute for Health Professions.

Currently Browsing:2013

  • WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" Special

    Friday, November 15, 2013  Mass General

    Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was recently featured on WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" news special.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

Currently Browsing:2012

  • Training Teaches Nurses How to Discuss Emotional Issues with Patients and Families

    Friday, January 13, 2012  Mass General

    Taking the time to listen to families was one of the lessons involves in a Mass General nursing residency program focuses on palliative and geropalliative care.

  • Seizing the Moment

    Thursday, January 12, 2012  Mass General

    The Palliative Care team at Mass General helps patients and their families understand the long-range prognosis of serious and life-threatening diseases so they can seize the moments when they are well.

Currently Browsing:2011

Currently Browsing:2010

  • Palliative care

    Friday, August 27, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Integrating palliative care early in the treatment of advanced lung cancer not only improved patients' mood and quality of life, but also extended their lives.

  • Lung cancer patients receiving palliative care had improved quality of life, extended survival

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010  Mass General

    Integrating palliative care early in the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer not only improved their mood and quality of life, it also extended their lives. In the August 19 New England Journal of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators report that patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received early palliative care along with standard treatment lived more than two months longer than patients receiving standard care only.

  • White 9 wedding offers comforting last moments

    Friday, July 30, 2010  Mass General

    MGH Hotline 07.23.10 Wedding bells were ringing through the hallways of White 9 on June 24 when Susan Wollison and Richard Porter exchanged their vows in the inpatient room of Susan’s mother, Marcia Labourene.


Currently Browsing:2016

  • 6th Annual Robert Leffert Memorial Lecture

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    On Wednesday, December 7th, the Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine will be hosting the 6th Annual Robert Leffert Memorial Lecture in the O’Keefe Auditorium at MGH.


Memorial Service

We come here together to treasure the memories of our loved ones. In times of silence and distress, their memories bring us new hope and courage in our journey towards the future. In times of search and adjustment, their memories bring comfort and strength.

Each year in spring and autumn the Division of Palliative Care holds a memorial service in the MGH chapel. This offers an opportunity to reconnect with patients' family members and friends and offers an opportunity for the team to honor the patients they have served. 

Palliative Care team members participate in the service, which is comprised of readings and prayers that reflect a wide range of traditions, and a reading of the patients' names and candle lighting. Marcia Guntzel Feldman provides musical accompaniment. A reception is held in the Chapel foyer immediately following the service.

The team welcomes and encourages all MGH staff members to attend memorial services.

For more information, please call Todd J. Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SW at 617-724-4525.

MGH Division of Palliative Care, 55 Fruit Street, Founders 600, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: (617) 724-9197 Fax: (617) 724-8693

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