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Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Chicago IANDS: Sat, October 13, 2018, 2 pm! (Illinois)
This Saturday in Frank Auditorium!
Saturday, October 13
CHRISTOPHER KERR, MD., PhD
Hospice Doctor from Buffalo, NY, Wonderful end-of-life messages and stunning videos....
Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, is a Hospice and Palliative Care physician who serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY, where he has worked since 1999.
Dr. Kerr was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and comes from a long line of physicians, of which he is now the fifth generation. Dr. Kerr has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Doctorate of Medicine, a PhD in Neurobiology, and he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester. Dr. Kerr received numerous awards throughout training that recognized his clinical performance as well as his success as an educator and scientist.
Outside of direct patient care, Dr. Kerr’s focus is in the areas of leadership and advocacy. His passion is palliative care and a belief that such care should be offered upstream of its origins in hospice and throughout the continuum of illness. The core principles of palliative care are patient/family centered care that is directed at optimizing one's quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. This involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and facilitating patient autonomy, access to information, and choice.
Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home based palliative care programs, which includes services for children. He has lectured and published on innovative program models that are designed to better align patient/family services to the complexity of needs inherent to advanced illness. Under Dr. Kerr’s medical leadership, Hospice Buffalo now serves 1,000 patients a day, half of whom receive services prior to hospice.
Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning, as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated. To date, the research team at Hospice Buffalo has published multiple studies on this topic and documented over 1,200 end-of-life events, many of which are videotaped.
This work was the subject of Dr. Kerr's TEDx Buffalo Talk which has been viewed more than a million times. It has been the subject of reports on the BBC, in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American Mind, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and is the subject of a documentary film in development. It has also gathered international attention and been reported in multiple countries including Norway, Korea, Ireland, India, and China. Dr. Kerr’s work is also being published by Penguin Random House in 2020.
Dr. Kerr has a lifelong love of horses and runs a 30-acre working horse farm in East Aurora, NY which is home to as many as 20 horses. His farm also serves as the site for a Somalian immigrant farming project, for which fallow land was recovered to cultivate large scale community gardens. The goal has been to help these newcomers, now living in Buffalo’s inner-city, reconnect with their traditional farming practices and feed their families. Dr. Kerr is also board chairman of Lothlorien, the oldest therapeutic riding center in the country, which serves individuals with disabilities as well as those without disability but who may benefit from connecting with horses, such as inner city children and veterans. He has two daughters: Bobbie, who helps with the horses, and Maddie, who oversees the care of the pigs and goats.
1. Celebrate our second 20 years by filling out a New Volunteer Form at the front desk!!
2. Thanks to the people who are stepping up to help! Please welcome Erin Sullivan, who will be doing the food on Saturday. Four others also stepped up to help us move forward and hopefully with their help, we will turn a corner. We have wonderful speakers coming in November and December and keep an eye on our web page for more exciting speakers in the new year!
2. Patrick is now uploading our "Chicago IANDS Classics" on You Tube! These are our earlier meetings (2000). We now have more than 50 past Chicago IANDS meetings online. Go to Facebook/ Chicago IANDS - or search "Diane Willis Chicago IANDS Channel" (& click "videos") on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqE_xpqPYkM_Z7g2g3rnvw/videos. No more DVDs! Share links with family and friends!
3. When you arrive at the front desk, please place a check by your name on the long list. If your name is not on the long list, you must go back to the first desk and fill out a "Contact Sheet". You must have registered via Contact Sheet to attend our meetings. In the future, each person will be asked to do this and will be given a name tag. This info will not be shared with anyone for any reason.
Our meditations at the beginning of each meeting are short, but important spiritual energy times for us.....Please observe silence and wait to enter the auditorium until after the meditation is over.....thank you.
Also, please turn off all cell phones during the meeting.
Advertisement: This is not a Chicago IANDS event...just related to us by love, mission and community...a natural "overlap" to our concerns.
The Church of the Spirit
2651 N. Central Park, (Logan Square area):
Sunday Church service starts at 10:30 am ....all are welcome. Free Intuitive messages are given to all people in attendance every Sunday.
The next All Message Service will be held Wednesday November 7, at 7 pm. (They are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month.)
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES (ChicagoIANDS) support and study group meets the second Saturday of each month, 2-5 p.m. Near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, losses, research. All are welcome.
Donation - $20.
Location: Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave. (& Central), Evanston.
From the Kennedy Expressway: Take Eden’s Expressway to Old Orchard Rd. Go east to Gross Point Rd. Turn Left. Go one block to Central Street. Turn right and stay on Central about a mile, crossing over Green Bay Rd, until you get to Evanston Hospital, which will be on your left. Turn left immediately after you go under the “L” overpass. Then turn right into the parking garage (free).
From Sheridan Rd.: Follow Sheridan north along the Lake until you reach Central St. Turn left (W). Ridge Ave will be the first stoplight. Continue one block further to the “L” overpass. Turn right immediately before going under the overpass, on Girard, then turn right into the parking garage (free).
On the “L”: Take the purple line into Evanston. (Central St.) Hospital is across the street.
On the Metra: Get off at Central St in Evanston. Hospital is 1 mile east. Walk, bus, taxi or Uber.
The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross