Calvert Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Southern Maryland will host the 2014 Southern Maryland Hospice and Palliative Care Conference Friday, June 13, 2014.  The conference will take place in the conference center at the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick Campus.  The cost to attend is $65.00 per person if purchased by May 15, $75.00 between May 16 and June 12 and $85.00 the day of the conference.  Included in the cost are continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same organization. In addition, CEUs are available for Social Workers at a cost of $35.00.

Sponsors of the event to date include: Calvert Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, PNC Bank, Asbury Solomons At Home, At the Bay Healing Arts Center, Calvert County Day Care, Calvert County Office on Aging, Circle of Care, College of Southern Maryland, Daisy Clare’s Transportation,, Legal Shield, Marrick Homes, Medline Industries, Options for Senior America, ProCare, Raley, Watts, O’Neill Insurance and Financial Services, St. Mary’s Hospital/MedStar Health and Visiting Angels.  Additional sponsorships and vendor spots are available.

The target audience for the conference includes local and regional nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physicians, hospice workers, assisted living caregivers, social workers, clergy, psychologists, counselors and other therapists, healthcare volunteers and anyone dealing with end-of-life issues.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Ira Byock, MD. Dr. Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center from 2003 through July 2013.  Dr. Byock has authored numerous articles on the ethics and practice of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care. His first book, Dying Well, has become a standard in the field. The Four Things That Matter Most, is widely used as a counseling tool by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or vendor, contact Linda Gottfried at 410-535-0892 Ext. 4002.  For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Sarah Simmons at 410.535.0892 or