In a recent article, "How Texas Hospitals Help Patients Craft An End-Of-Life Plan,” the Texas Hospital Association (THA) spotlighted TNP Board Member-elect, Erin Perez, who was featured for her work in the palliative care field.
"Erin Perez, APRN, a board certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner who specializes in palliative and hospice care at University Health System in San Antonio, has experienced end-of-life difficulties — professionally and personally,” the article shared. "When her grandmother went to a Del Rio-area hospital near death in 2010, neither the staff nor her family coped well.”
According to Perez, this event spurred her transition into palliative care, and ever since she’s been a fervent advocate for increasing access to patient-centered and family-focused palliative care in Texas.
On the important difference between hospice and palliative care, Perez offered the following: "[Palliative Care] emphasizes the quality of life the patient wants." "It should begin at the onset of a serious illness, long before a patient might die."
Perez currently serves as an appointee to the state’s Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council, authorized by House Bill 1874 in 2015. Every biennium, this Council submits recommendations to the Texas legislature on how to improve access to palliative care and help create incentives to expand palliative care statewide. The Council's next report will be issued this year, ahead of the 2019 Legislative Session.
Read the full THA article here: https://www.tha.org/Publications/Texas-Hospitals-magazine/Texas-Hospitals-May-June-2018/How-Texas-Hospitals-Help-Patients-Craft-An-End-Of-Life-Plan