Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers who participated in a recent exchange with the Karatu Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania will share a special evening of stories about their experiences and the memorable relationships that they have formed with the rural hospital on Monday, June 25th at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 422 E. Terrace Ave, Lakewood, NY.
In March of this year a four-person contingent consisting of Bereavement Coordinator Jamie Probst, Community Outreach Coordinator Cora Monroy, LPN Debra Przepiora, and RN Rebecca Smouse traveled to Tanzania once again, to learn from Tanzanians and share their knowledge of palliative care medicine.
The affiliation with the Karatu hospital dates back to 2010 when CHPC established original communication and sent a multidisciplinary exchange team to Africa. In 2012 CHPC hosted the Tanzanians in Chautauqua County. The 2018 visit by CHPC staff represents the third exchange of this unique relationship.
“Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care has long recognized the value of hospice and palliative care services in managing chronic illness, not just in our own community, but across the global community as well,” said Jamie Probst, Director of Bereavement Care at CHPC. “Understanding the unique challenges and similarities in care delivery between our two cultures makes us all better caregivers.”
The team’s experiences were documented and recorded in hundreds of photos by Probst, who is also a professional photographer. He has donated a selection of his work to be auctioned off at the end of the evening with proceeds to benefit the project.
“The medical needs in this region are many,” Probst continued. “Since the team’s return home, we have begun the process of involving the community in the partnership to continue support of the project to further the mission of ensuring that the people of Karatu have access to high quality palliative care services. All proceeds raised from the evening will directly support the palliative patients served by the Karatu Lutheran Hospital.”
The event will begin with an Art Preview at 6pm, followed by dinner, which will feature a special Tanzanian Dessert and a short program. The program including a slide presentation begins at 7:30 followed by the art auction at 8:30pm. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.chpc.care or by calling the CHPC office at 716-338-0033. Tickets must be purchased by June 14th.
The mission of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is to provide end of life education and care in Chautauqua County. CHPC provides hospice care for patients and families facing life-limiting terminal illness, palliative care for those with serious chronic illness, and bereavement support to individuals, families and organizations who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, visit www.chpc.org or call (716) 338-0033.