News and Events: UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute participates in many community, educational, and professional events, throughout the Pittsburgh area and around the country. We invite you to get in touch with us to learn more.


Bereavement Support Group

Location: UPMC Passavant, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Conference Room G585
Dates: April 9 - May 14, 2014
Time: 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
Registration: Please register by April 4 by calling 412-635-5899

UPMC Passavant, in conjunction with the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, is offering a bereavement support group for individuals in need.

For interested individuals, it is recommened that your loss has been at least three months prior to joining the group. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings or six consecutive weeks. Recognizing the sensitive nature of this group, all information will be kept confidential.

Upon arrival at UPMC Passavant, enter through the Cancer Center entrance. Take the elevator to the ground floor. Conference room G585 is directly across from the elevator.

Evelyn B. Amdur Social Work Fellowship in Palliative Care

The Amdur Fellowship in Palliative Care provides an intensive one month internship in palliative care social work under the guidance of one of the nation's leading academic palliative care programs. This fellowship is designed for social work students with prior hospital experience who would like to consider professional specialization in palliative care.

No more applications are being accepted for 2014. Applications for 2015 will be announced in January 2015. For more information contact Colleen Kosky at


UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute Medical director Robert Arnold, MD, honored by American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Robert Arnold, MD, medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute was recently named one of the top 30 visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Among other appointments, Dr. Arnold currently serves as the medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, whose mission is to ensure high quality, coordinated care for patients with serious illnesses, increase palliative care capacity and expertise across the UPMC continuum of care, and provide access to consistent education, training, and technical assistance for health care professionals who care for people with serious illness.

“I am honored to have had an impact on improving the care of seriously ill patients. Working with AAHPM and other palliative care clinicians has been deeply meaningful to my career.” said Dr. Arnold.

Dr. Arnold, and all the other visionaries, will be recognized during the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in San Diego in March 2014.

For more information and the full list of visionaries, visit the AAHPM website.

UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute Receives Fine Award for Teamwork Excellence

The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute was recently awarded one of the 2013 Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence for efforts related to enhancing quality care. The Institute was honored with a silver award for its application on “Implementing Palliative Care across the Continuum.”

The application recognized efforts across the clinical spectrum of services (in hospitals and the community), as well as the development of infrastructure to support enhanced communication of care goals and choices across the continuum, to ensure internal consistency in measuring outcomes, and for measuring those outcomes (e.g., pain and symptom management scores, patient and family satisfaction).

“The award is a wonderful way to recognize the amazing inter-disciplinary work that clinicians across UPMC have done to improve the care of seriously ill patients at all locations - hospitals, homes, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities. It shows how far we have come. And yet, we have a long way to go until good, integrated, care is the norm for seriously ill patients in western Pennsylvania. We hope to work with all the other programs recognized at the Fine Awards to make that a reality”, said Robert Arnold, MD, medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute.

Learn more at Inside Life Changing Medicine.


L-R: Milton Fine; Karen Fineberg; Robert Arnold; Denise Stahl; Richard Weinberg; Sharon Hudak; Winifred Teuteberg; Kathryn Lanz; Phillip Rogers; Sheila Fine

About the Award: The Fine Foundation of Pittsburgh and the leadership of its founders, Milton and Sheila Fine have generously supported an annual health care award for team excellence. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation proudly partners with the Fines to make this award a reality. Each year, many applications are received, and the most outstanding are vetted by a team of national experts in health care quality improvement.


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