E4 – Serious Illness And The Gift Of Hospice & Palliative Care

When faced with serious illness, lack of awareness and inadequate knowledge of Hospice and Palliative care is a significant barrier for patients and their healthcare agents to access this level of support. In addition to improving the quality of life or remaining life of the patient through comprehensive pain and symptom management, Hospice and Palliative care also provides support for their family and/or caregivers who are on this journey with them. It is the goal of this presentation to reduce this barrier and empower the audience to advocate for themselves or trustees who can benefit from this service.


Vincent Nguyen

Salus Homecare & Hospice

Dr. Vincent Nguyen is a Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist with Board Certifications in Geriatrics and Family Medicine. He serves as the Palliative Program Medical Director, providing clinical and administrative oversight of the in patient and out patient palliative services at HOAG Hospitals. He also serves as a special project consultant at Salus Homecare for both palliative and hospice. He is a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCI School of Medicine and co-founded the Palliative Medicine Fellowship program to train physicians the art of hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Nguyen has published multiple articles in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and co-authored several chapters in two books on end-oflife care published by the McGraw-Hill Companies. He is the founder and continues to co-chair the Orange County POLST Coalition since 2009 which serves as a catalyst for timely advance care planning conversations through community awareness and education.