(Las Vegas) –The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association has honored Las Vegas-based Nathan Adelson Hospice with prestigious awards related to its contributions in hospice and palliative care.
Nathan Adelson Hospice Medical Director and Director of Palliative Medicine Warren Wheeler, MD, has been recognized with the CHAPCA 2013 “Pierre Salmon Award” for his “outstanding contribution to hospice and palliative care.” In addition, Nathan Adelson Hospice was the recipient of the “Outstanding Program Achievement Award” for its strong efforts in Hispanic/Latino education and outreach.
The awards were given on Oct. 29 during a reception at an annual CHAPCA conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
“We are very proud of Dr. Wheeler, our Latino/Hispanic Program Manager Nora Luna – and all of our staff – for their dedication, hard work and compassion they demonstrate in their jobs daily,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher. “These awards are greatly appreciated, and we are honored that our phenomenal Nathan Adelson Hospice team has been recognized.”
Dr. Wheeler has been a pioneer in the field of hospice and palliative care in the United States. Throughout his medical career, which spans more than 40 years, he has committed his practice of medicine to treating patients with life-limiting illness and those in need of acute pain management. In his position, he oversees the in-patient unit at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Swenson Street facility, providing acute care for patients, where his philosophy of patient care is to treat the “person with a disease and not a disease in a patient.”
Dr. Wheeler’s approach to medical care is to listen to the patient and family, designing the best plan of care. Although doctors usually embrace the medical profession to save lives, he appreciates his role in patient care, saying he gets “as much gratitude in giving someone a peaceful, comfortable death as any doctor does saving a patient’s life.”
Luna joined Nathan Adelson Hospice as the Hispanic Latino Program Manager in December 2011, bringing to the position experience in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community-based programs for diverse cultural communities. She developed an outreach plan and has been instrumental in beginning the discussion about end-of-life care in the Latino community. She holds workshops on advanced care planning in the community at schools, community centers, workplaces, Latino serving agencies and healthcare organizations. In addition, she offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) for nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers on Latino cultural aspects of end-of-life planning. She has written several articles on the topic for community journals and workplace newsletters in order to increase awareness of the special considerations around this topic.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care for 35 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.