Hear how a palliative care doctor addressed the tough conversations

In this episode, Dr. Jessica Israel, Senior VP of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at RWJBarnabas’ Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey discusses providing comfort, honesty, and crucial information during difficult conversations.  Armed with empathy and wisdom, Dr. Israel and her team tackle tough topics.  We count ourselves lucky to have learned about the work they’re doing and we hope you enjoy the conversation.

  • 1:12 – Palliative care during COVID
  • 3:28 – Tools to help families navigate
  • 6:27 – Initiating difficult conversations
  • 9:42 – Meeting families where they are
  • 12:53 – Palliative care explained
  • 16:28 – Best resources for hospitals
  • 21:02 – A message to clinicians

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Dr. Jessica Israel was recently published on the Harvard Business Review website. The article, “Delivering Grim News to Covid-19 Patients’ Families” provides a deeper look into the support that Dr. Israel is providing at her facilities.

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Dr. Jessica Israel, Senior VP of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, RWJBarnabas Health

Jessica L. Israel, MD, is Senior Vice President of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at RWJBarnabas Health, the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, where she oversees the compassionate delivery of specialized senior care services to patients and their families.





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