Hard Cases: Locked-In & Shut Out

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel - Hard Cases The woman was 47 years old and had suffered a devastating stroke three and a half weeks prior. It was the type of stroke which hit the nether regions of the brain, deep in the white matter, where the mysteries of consciousness, speech, and movement lie intertwined. Through a [...]

2018-02-21T19:28:06+00:00February 21st, 2018|

April 19, 2018 | Spring Educational Dinner Featuring “A New Kind of Heroism” | Modesto, CA

Location: Modesto, CA | Date: April 19, 2018 | Event Website Community Hospice, Inc., as part of their Spring Educational Dinner, is proud to present a screening of the 2017 Academy Award nominated short documentary film Extremis. Following the film will be a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Jessica Zitter. Copies of her book, Extreme Measures, will [...]

2018-04-20T18:23:23+00:00January 28th, 2018|

5 Things I’ve Learned from Caring for the Dying

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel I have been a critical care physician for over twenty years. Over that time, I have cared for thousands of patients.  Some I have saved, and celebrated as they left the hospital to resume their lives. Others have died, as one would expect with patients suffering from serious illness. But too many [...]

2018-01-11T21:35:08+00:00January 11th, 2018|

Lown Institute

In their own words, "We seek to catalyze a grassroots movement for transforming health care systems and improving the health of communities. Our strategy is to build a grassroots social movement representing an alliance of health professionals, religious and community groups, and the general public. This movement’s goal: to advocate for a transformation of the health care system and [...]

2017-10-24T00:57:34+00:00October 24th, 2017|

Vital Talk

In their own words, "We know and believe that effective, empathic, and honest conversations between a clinician, patient, and their family are the cornerstones of patient-centered care. Our community of accomplished VitalTalk faculty is comprised of clinicians who practice what they teach. Our verbal tools empower clinicians to communicate about serious illnesses empathetically and effectively, enabling them to feel [...]

2017-10-24T00:31:35+00:00October 24th, 2017|

ACP Decisions

In their own words, "Our mission at ACP Decisions is to empower patients, along with their families, to participate in their own health care. We are a non-profit foundation consisting of a group of clinicians who want to empower patients and families with video support tools. Our video support tools are carefully crafted after undergoing rigorous review by leading [...]

2017-10-24T00:17:20+00:00October 24th, 2017|

An Intensive Care Doctor Advises How to Soothe the Senses of a Dying Loved One

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: The Washington Post I once walked into the room of a dying patient to hear a game show blaring on television. The sound of the buzzer, slapped down by eager contestants, was jarring in this room from which a soul would soon depart. This program probably had been left on by someone [...]

2017-10-23T19:40:49+00:00May 31st, 2017|

Goals of Hair

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Psychology Today My friend’s mother was coming to the end of her grueling fight with breast cancer. As a palliative care physician in a local hospital, I had used my network to help arrange home hospice services for her in her final days. By then she had become so sick from the [...]

2017-10-23T21:41:51+00:00March 26th, 2017|

NPR The Leonard Lopate Show – Caring For Those At The End of Life

By The Leonard Lopate Show Source: WNYC Listen To The Audio Here Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter joins us to talk about her book Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. She discusses her career path from wanting to be an ICU physician to becoming a doctor who specializes in palliative care. She writes about her own [...]

2018-01-02T19:16:07+00:00March 16th, 2017|
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