Harbor Healthcare System  

Connecting Care Conference 2017


Last weekend, Harbor Hospice hosted their 4th annual Connecting Care Hospice and Palliative Care Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas. The conference kicked off on Friday, October 13th with dinner and drinks inside the Gaylord Resort. Over 90 Physicians, Directors of Nursing, and Registered Nurses were in attendance, as well as members of Harbor Hospices executive management team. Attendees enjoyed networking with leading associates in the healthcare field, in-depth presentations of the latest research, and 5 star accommodations.


Saturday’s events were led by Harbors Director of Spiritual Counselors, Jerry Fenter. Speakers at this years’ conference included Alexander Peralta Jr., MD DABHPM HMDC, Director of Palliative Care Services and Chief Medical Director Officer for Compass Hospice, Clare Hawkins MD FSC FAAFP, Program Director of The San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, and David Capper MD FACP FAAHPM, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Advanced Metabolism Care Associates. Additional Guest Speakers included Dr. Qamar Arfeen, Founder and CEO of Harbor Healthcare System, Dr. Debra Gummelt, Chief Medical Officer of Harbor Hospice, and Brenna Rodriguez C.H.A, Administrator of Harbor Hospice of Beaumont.


Each speaker presented innovative and comprehensive presentations of topics that included; Common Ethical Dilemmas in Hospice, Take a Breath While You Still Can: The Ins and Outs of Severe Dyspnea, Advanced Illness Conversations, Addressing Physician Burnout and Fostering Resilience, Wounds at the End of Life – Palliative Wound Care Management, The Neuro-Circuitry of Touch – The Social Impact, The Roles of a Medical Director, Influential Leadership: Making a Positive Difference in the Lives of Those You Serve and, The History of Harbor Hospice.

Harbor Hospice would like to thank everyone who attended and look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s conference.