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Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: End Stage COPD Patients

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in America, yet less than 9 percent of those patients near the end of life are admitted to hospice. This webinar looks at the effects of COPD and other Advanced Lung Diseases (ALD) and how palliative care and hospice can improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

Attendees of this webinar will learn to:

  • Define and understand the types of ALDs
  • Understand the patient and caregiver distress associated with COPD and ALD
  • Learn how hospice services can alleviate distress for patients, caregivers and referral sources
  • Identify patients, through actual patient profiles, who can benefit from hospice

For more continuing education information regarding this webinar, click here.

Thank you for attending this webinar held on October 19, 2017

This course is approved for one continuing education credit hour for Registered Nurses and Social Workers as well as approval for Certified Case Managers. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online survey, is required; certifications are made available after completion.
Featured VITAS expert:
Debra Vermette| VITAS Healthcare
Debra Vermette, MD
Medical Director
VITAS Healthcare, Philadelphia

Debra Vermette, MD, oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes in Philadelphia. She also consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises VITAS team physicians, guides staff and volunteers and serves as a resource to community physicians and other healthcare professionals on the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and their families.

Dr. Vermette joined VITAS in Fort Worth in 2004 as a home care team physician. She was promoted to medical director in 2008, and has served in that capacity in Fort Worth, Delaware and now Philadelphia. She has received VITAS’ Outstanding Physician Award four times and VITAS’ Leadership Council Award once. She has practiced medicine for more than 20 years.

Dr. Vermette received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Memorial Hermann Hospital System. She is board certified in both family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.