Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care, in partnership with Senior Care Solutions, is proud to present an exclusive executive roundtable for MNHPC Members. This is a thought-provoking event designed specifically for hospice professionals. This roundtable serves as a platform to explore the multifaceted aspects of VSED (Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking), fostering an open dialogue that encourages a comprehensive understanding of this complex issue. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with peers, share experiences, and collaborate on ideas that could shape future policies and procedures for hospice and palliative care providers.

Industry leaders will convene for an engaging discussion on their agency practices and approaches. We are honored to have Dr. Thaddeus Pope  from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Dr. Vic Sandler from HealthPartners to help guide this conversation.  Dr. Pope and Dr. Sandler will share their information and expertise on the medical, legal, ethical, and caregiving issues surrounding VSED, including a HealthPartners case study on methods for serving patients who opt for VSED. 

The roundtable emphasizes a community think-tank approach, where participants actively contribute to discussions, pose challenging questions, and learn from one another's diverse perspectives. It is not an event with predetermined stances or agendas; rather, it is a space dedicated to keeping the conversation surrounding VSED dynamic and inclusive. By examining different viewpoints and experiences, attendees can gain a more nuanced comprehension of the ethical, medical, and emotional dimensions involved in voluntarily stopping eating and drinking at the end of life.

The ultimate goal is to equip hospice professionals with the insights and tools necessary to create compassionate, patient-centered policies that honor the diverse needs and wishes of individuals at the end of their lives. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable insights, network with professionals, and contribute to meaningful discussions. Space is limited. Register now and be part of this exceptional event!

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2024 Executive Roundtable

VSED in Focus: Critical Conversations in End-of-Life Policy & Practice

Date: Thursday, August 8

Time: 12:30–3:30pm


University of St. Thomas

Andersen Student Center - 3rd Floor - ASC 340 Iversen Hearth Room

2115 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, Minnesota 55105