Danielle A. Reed, LCSW
Palliative Care Social Worker
Baylor All Saints Medical Center
Bio: Danielle Reed was the Baylor Health Care System's only dedicated social worker for Supportive and Palliative Care when she joined the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth program three years ago. In that role, she has been involved in the orientation and support of other social workers providing palliative care assessments across the system. Since joining the team, she has seen the number of monthly consults double. Currently, the Baylor Fort Worth Supportive and Palliative Care team ranks number one in the System for percentage of consults per hospital census. The team was actively involved in preparation for the 2013 onsite survey resulting in Advance Certification in Palliative Care by The Joint Commission - the second hospital in the System to receive this certification. Ms. Reed is no stranger to supportive and palliative care. She spent most of her career working with the aging population, especially those with dementia, and had a two-year focus on cancer survivors. For the last eight years, she has worked in hospice and palliative care and spent five years with a local hospice agency working in an inpatient hospice unit as the social worker. Since joining Baylor Fort Worth, Ms. Reed has been active in promoting the importance of advance care planning to staff, patients and visitors through National Healthcare Decisions Day. She is certified in Respecting Choices training in Advance Care Planning and maintains a specialty certification from the National Association of Social Workers - Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker (ACHP-SW). She is the recipient of the Baylor Fort Worth Rose Award (peer-to-peer recognition), the President/Senior Leader Service Excellence Award and the CEO Award of Excellence.
Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs, MD
Baylor All Saints Medical Center
Bio: Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs joined the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth team in June 2013 as the medical director and first full-time palliative care physician for the Supportive and Palliative Care Program. Prior to that, Dr. Pittman-Hobbs served as a palliative care service physician at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas from 2009 to 2013. In addition to her current position, she also serves as an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to fourth-year medical students in the Core Geriatrics clerkship rotating through Baylor Fort Worth. In this role she is given the opportunity to spend time with students, helping them develop an understanding of, and possibly a passion for, palliative care. Prior to her full-time career in palliative care, Dr. Pittman-Hobbs worked as a hospitalist at Baylor Dallas and rheumatologist at John Peter Smith / UNT Health Science Center-Fort Worth. She is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American College of Rheumatology, Dallas County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Society of Hospitalist Medicine and the Texas Medical Association. A San Antonio native, she attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and took her residency and fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She says all of her experiences in medicine have been instrumental in shaping her skills and ability to empathize and care for patients and families.
Martha Philastre, MBA
Administrative Director of Palliative Care
Baylor Scott & White Health Care System
Bio: Martha Philastre is administrative director of the Baylor Scott & White Health Supportive and Palliative Care program. In that role, Philastre is responsible for strategic planning, financial analysis, staff recruitment, and metric standardization and reporting. She joined Baylor Scott & White Health in 2010 and is working to develop and expand their palliative care services across the system. She led the program to be one of the first in the country to achieve The Joint Commission (TJC) Certification at two Baylor Scott & White Health facilities - Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. Of the approximately 1,600 palliative care programs in the country, only about 70 have earned TJC certification. In 2013, the Supportive and Palliative Care service was awarded the prestigious Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Philastre joined Baylor Scott & White Health from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she worked for 15 years, including 10 years working with the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, one of the most robust services in the country. During that time, she helped establish their inpatient, outpatient and consultation service. She holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Cinda McDonald, M.Ed., CCLS, GCCA-C
Manager, Child Life Program
Baylor Scott & White Health Care System
Bio: Cinda McDonald is a Certified Child Life Specialist with the Supportive and Palliative Care Team at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. She also is manager of Child Life Services for Baylor Scott & White Health. She joined Baylor Health Care System in 2011 and worked closely with Dr. Robert Fine, clinical director, Office of Ethics and Palliative Care, to develop the child life services program. The program has grown very quickly, and it is anticipated that in fiscal year 2015, the child life specialists will serve more than 800 families, including close to 1,800 children, across the Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas division. In her role as manager, she leads a team of child life specialists that serve children of adult patients on five Baylor campuses. These children, grandchildren or other closely involved children of adult patients with serious, life-limiting and/or terminal illness or injury are helped to understand their loved one's medical situation. In addition, Ms. McDonald and her team provide support to patients or adult children of patients who have developmental disabilities. While the majority of the families she serves are receiving supportive and palliative care services, she also supports non-palliative care patients and families in the NICU, ED and Trauma ICUs. Ms. McDonald has been a speaker at several Child Life Council Annual Conferences for professional issues. She also has authored two chapters for Child Life Beyond the Hospital and has been an investigator in two child life studies. Prior to joining BSWH, she was a child life specialist with Community Hospice of Texas in Dallas, providing support to pediatric hospice patients and their siblings, as well as to the children and grandchildren of the adult hospice patients.
Pamela Green, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Supportive and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton
Bio: Pamela Green has been a nurse practitioner for Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton since 2009. She joined the Supportive and Palliative Care Program at Baylor Carrollton three years ago and has been instrumental in developing the program. As Palliative Care Coordinator/Administrative Supervisor, she is an active participant in developing the program's inpatient consultative program. A registered nurse for 23 years, Ms. Green has been board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner for nine years. She completed her BSN and MSN through Texas Woman's University and earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice through the University of Alabama. In 2014, Ms. Green was a speaker for the 2014 Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Other lectures include the 25th Annual Texas Nurse Practitioner Conference in The Woodlands, Texas; the 21st annual Conference for the D/FW Case Management Society of America in Irving; and the Geriatrics Conference in Dallas and the 21st Annual Conference for the D/FW Case Management Society of America in Irving, all in 2013. She is co-author of the journal article "Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit." In 2014, Ms. Green received the Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton Employee of the Year Award and also was honored with a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award.
Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Clinical Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care
Baylor Scott and White Health
Bio: Robert Fine is the Clinical Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Scott and White Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the nation. Dr. Fine has completed board certification in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative medicine. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has served on the National Quality Forum Committee on Palliative and End of Life Care, the Ethics Committee of AAHPM, and the Steering Committee on Palliative Care for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). In 1999 he served as the lead physician author of the Texas Advance Directives Act and has worked closely with the TMA, THA and others to maintain and improve the Act since that time. In 2004 he led the formation of the BUMC Supportive and Palliative Care service which went on to become one of the first 10 Joint Commission Certified Palliative Medicine programs in the country. Working with his administrative partner, Martha Philastre, he further developed Supportive and Palliative Care programs across Baylor Health Care System. That system wide program won the American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award for best health care system palliative medicine program in 2014.
Donnie Crump, MDiv, BCC
Bio: Donnie Crump began his tenure with Baylor Scott White Health in 2001 and has been staff chaplain at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Irving since 2004. He was a resident chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas when the palliative care team was first taking the program from a concept to a reality and served on the organizing committee. As staff chaplain at the Irving facility, Chaplain Crump provides pastoral support to patients, families, and interdisciplinary staff and multidisciplinary teams in a variety of areas that include advance care planning, end of life care, grief support and decedent care. He is on the Office of Mission and Ministry Leadership team; serves as current chair of Clinical Practice Self-directed Ministry Team; is on the Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care Council; and serves those same two areas at the Irving campus. He received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1986. Chaplain Crump is board-certified as a chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Other certifications include Advance Critical Incident Stress Management and Disaster Spiritual Care Certification with American Red Cross. He served as a pastor at several churches from 1986 until he joined the Baylor Irving staff.