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Experts on our staff who are available for interviews include physicians, social workers, spiritual care specialists, bereavement specialists and educators who have specialized knowledge in various aspects of end-of-life care, hospice and palliative care. They can speak on a variety of topics including:
- What is hospice? Hospice basics
- Bereavement and Grief Counseling
- Benefits of Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives
- Caregiver Training and Education
- Right-to-Die / Right-to-Life issues
- End-of-Life Education: The benefits of hospice and palliative care for those facing a life-limiting illness
- Medical Ethics
- The important role Volunteers play in hospice
- Infectious Disease Control
- Quality of Life (for those with life-limiting illnesses)
- Veterans' Entitlements
- Health Care Reform (as it relates to end-of-life care)
- Pain and Symptom Management
- End-of-Life Communication
- Emotional or spiritual issues associated with life-limiting illness
- The use of art and music to help people of all ages express and explore their emotions
Get acquainted with some of the experts we have available for interviews
Barbara Ivanko, President and CEO
Barbara Ivanko joined Family Hospice and Palliative Care in 2013 with more than 15 years of leadership experience in the hospice field. Barbara is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) and licensed clinical social worker. She has held executive positions in patient care, clinical services and overall operations. In addition to holding executive positions in the field, she has consulted with numerous hospices throughout the United States and provided education at the state and national levels on increasing access to hospice and excellence in care delivery. She is active in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and a member of their Professional Education Committee. Barbara also serves as faculty for the NHPCO collaboration with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s joint leadership education program for Chief Executive Officers and Chief Medical Officers.
Areas of Expertise: Overall Hospice and Palliative Care; End-of-Life Education; Public Policy; spokesperson for Family Hospice & Palliative Care.
Christopher Hughes, M.D. Co-Chief Medical Officer
Along with setting the direction of Family Hospice physician care, Dr. Christopher Hughes makes home visits to patients in the South Hills portion of Family Hospice’s nine-county service area. He comes from a background of Critical Care (Intensive Care) Medicine and has been an advocate for better end-of-life care in his work in the ICU and as a past Trustee of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, where he helped write Pennsylvania’s Advance Directive Law and advocated for the POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Program. Dr. Hughes has long been involved in regional advocacy in better end-of-life care, including the Coalition for Quality in End of life Care (CQEL), and has written and lectured on these topics.
Areas of expertise: Overall Hospice Clinical/Patient Care; of Life; Pain Management; End-of-Life Communication.
Scott Miller, M.D. Team Physician at Family Hospice's Inpatient Center in Mt. Lebanon, Scott Miller, MD, is dedicated full-time to our 12-bed hospice inpatient facility. Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Palliative Care and Ethics at UPMC Presbyterian University Hospital. He is a practicing, board certified physician in Internal Medicine, and is also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He has been involved in clinical ethics consultation and end-of-life care for more than 15 years. Dr. Miller holds a Masters in clinical University of Pittsburgh.
Areas of expertise: Overall Hospice Clinical/Patient Care; Medical Ethics; Right-to-Die/Right-to-Life Issues; Quality of Life; Pain Management; End-of-Life Communication.
Additional Family Hospice experts are available to comment on other end-of-life topics.
Contact Liz McKenna, Communications Specialist, for more information.