FPH Earns Fifth Consecutive Accreditation at National Institute for Jewish Hospice Conference

Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH) participated in the 38th National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH) accreditation conference in Newark, New Jersey on November 15-16, 2023. Established in 1985 by Rabbi Maurice Lamm, NIJH educates hospice workers on Jewish practices for caring for terminally ill patients.

The conference attracted professionals nationwide, including doctors, nurses, administrators, chaplains and social workers, offering insights into Jewish medical ethics, end-of-life care, consolation, bereavement and various Jewish customs. Attendees also explored strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and support caregivers.

General Session presenters included: Rabbi Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner, Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Leah Horowitz, Rabby Y. Young and Dr. Michelle Trotter-Mathison, PhD. In addition to the General Sessions, six Break Out Sessions were offered by: Rabbi Young, Channa Lasson, Charlotte Goldberg, Rev. Mark Grissom and Rev. Dr. Ben Janzen. FPH Jewish Hospice Community Liaison, Elise Power was also a featured speaker and led an interactive breakout session discussing networking, marketing and outreach techniques for optimal care of Jewish patients and their families.

Marlene Casco, FPH Director of Clinical Service and Wendy Van Bemmel, Public Relations Manager for Forefront Living, along with Power, attended the conference to represent FPH.

Following the conference, attendees returned to their hospices, disseminating knowledge and providing ongoing training to their staff. As a result of their participation, FPH proudly maintains its NIJH accreditation for the fifth consecutive year.

Individuals seeking a Jewish hospice program can easily identify accredited hospices on the NIJH website, which features a list of accredited hospices in the United States. To learn more about NIJH and explore the accredited hospices, click here.