2006 Annual Meeting

Our Fall 2006 Annual Meeting was held

Sun., Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the 

ARBORS of Amherst (2nd floor Great Room) 130 University Drive

Program: Hospice Care and Modern Medicine

Speakers: Dr. Alicia Ross and Ms. Pat Cavanaugh. 

They discussed End of Life Care

   Dr. Ross is board-certified in internal medicine with sub-specialties in hematology and oncology. She serves as the Medical Director of the Holyoke Medical Center Hematology-Oncology Services and has been a leader in establishing the Hospice Life Care Center in Holyoke, working with the Center for 15 years. Dr. Ross has volunteered with the American Cancer Society for more than twenty years, holding many leadership positions. She has been a member of the Hampden District Medical Society and its President in 1994 and 1995. In 1996, Ross received the 'Community Clinician of the Year' award by the local Medical Society.

    Ms. Cavanaugh, RN, MS, has been the Clinical Director of the Hospice Life Care Center since 1990. The Center has cared for 2000 patients during that time in the home or in long-term settings supporting the patients and their families. Ms. Cavanaugh was raised in New York City, and received her education at Pace University and the University of Rhode Island. She came to Western Massachusetts as Assistant Professor in the Nursing School at Elms College in Chicopee, and then worked at the Visiting Nurse Association where she started the Hospice Program and became its Director in 1990.