This best practices series highlights palliative care clinicians across the US navigating the new realities of healthcare in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions will spend 30 minutes discussing new challenges faced in palliative care, solutions that worked well, and key takeaways, followed by 30 minutes for Q&A. Please bring your questions and join us for these free one-hour webinars.

Palliative Care in the Pandemic: Challenges and Lessons Learned at a Catholic Hospital


Presented by Natalie Rodden, MD

August 4, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

Being specially trained in communication and serious illness symptom management, palliative care teams not surprisingly were heavily leaned on to support the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in providing meaningful care to patients and their families.  Between isolation and visitor restrictions, there were unprecedented limitations to typical standards of care and practices needed to creatively adjust.  This webinar will share experiences and provide insights, both personally and professionally, for a palliative care team at a small but busy Catholic community hospital. REGISTER NOW

Dr. Natalie Rodden is originally from Indiana and attended the University of Notre Dame.  She then went to medical school at Tulane University, where she founded the Catholic Medical Association Student Section, a national organization with the goal of preparing students to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.  She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Utah and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  Her research on “improving spiritual competency at the Mayo Clinic” focused on improving a culture of awareness and comfort of health providers addressing spiritual issues, notably at the end of life.  Upon fellowship completion in 2016, she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she has since led the palliative medicine inpatient consultation service at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO.  In addition, she helps oversee the hospital’s ethics committee and provides education to medical trainees.  Dr. Rodden is currently pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics and travels around the United States providing education and advocacy about palliative medicine and end of life ethical issues.

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