CCPGM Hosts First Annual Mecklenburg County Palliative Care Fair

Event links palliative care services to surrounding community

FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 12, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Sardelli, christopher.sardelli@carolinashealthcare.org

CHARLOTTE- Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg (CCPGM) is gearing up for its first annual Mecklenburg County Palliative Care Fair, part of an ongoing effort to showcase palliative care services and resources to the local community.

The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. at CCPGM’s Headquarters, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 700.

Several Palliative Care and Hospice Agencies from Charlotte and surrounding communities are expected to participate. The event will spotlight resources available for providing supportive, medical care to those with a serious illness.

CCPGM Chronic Pain and Palliative Care Program Coordinator Shawn Berigan said the free event is open to anyone in the community, including consumers, care managers, providers and other healthcare or community organizations.

“I think it’s important to let the community know about resources they could be utilizing if they need Palliative Care services now,” Berigan said. “I also want to encourage others to have conversations about their end of life care in case something unexpected were to happen. We plan for everything in life from weddings and birthdays to graduations. Why wouldn’t we plan for end of life care?”

The main goal of the fair is to help people learn how they, their families or their patients can live their best lives while managing a long-term disease.

“You can have conversations with knowledgeable representatives to learn more about adult and pediatric palliative care, hospice, support groups and more,” she said.

About CCPGM

Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg is a community-based healthcare network participating in the statewide Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) physician-led program. Since 2002, CCPGM has provided care coordination and care management for Medicaid recipients and others in Anson, Mecklenburg and Union counties. CCPGM works with primary care providers, hospitals, health departments, behavioral health management entities, Departments of Social Services, housing agencies, crisis providers, and other local community agencies and resources to provide the best coordinated care for its patients. The network has about 190,000 enrollees and more than 200 medical homes practicing family medicine, obstetrics, internal medicine and pediatrics.

To learn more, visit CCPGM online at www.ccpgm.org, or on Facebook, Twitter (CCPGM) and Instagram (CCPGM_NC).

Contact

For more information about the event or to RSVP, please contact CCPGM’s Chronic Pain and Palliative Care Coordinator Shawn Berigan by calling (704) 512-5555 or by email at Shawn.Berigan@carolinashealthcare.org. To request media interviews, please contact Chris Sardelli, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (704) 512-2658 or by email at christopher.sardelli@carolinashealthcare.org.

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