Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd welcome The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization senior vice president Anita Brikman.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.
Anita Brikman joined NHPCO in September of 2013 as the senior vice president of strategic communication and spokesperson for the national organization. NHPCO represents 1,600 hospice and palliative care providers with 3,400 locations across the United States, and more than 60,000 individual members. NHPCO’s affiliates, the National Hospice Foundation and Hospice Action Network, promote access to this end-of-life benefit and advocate to lawmakers and regulators about its vital importance to patients and families.
Prior to joining NHPCO, Ms. Brikman served as evening news anchor and health correspondent at WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. She has spent nearly two decades covering medical news and the changing landscape of healthcare, with guest appearances on “Good Morning America, Weekend Edition” and “The Doctors”. Anita also covered the medical relief mission on board the USNS Mercy hospital ship off the coast of Indonesia, following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.
For many years, Anita has also played an active role promoting health-related philanthropic organizations. She was the spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Capital Area fundraising campaigns in 2009, a long-time advocate of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” and “START Walking” initiatives, and is currently on the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation.
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