Nobody Should Be Alone

Sonali Wilborn, MD, MBA, HMDC in conversation with Matt Richtel

Hospice for patients with COVID-19.

At the start of the pandemic, many patients dying with COVID-19 were forced to face the end of life alone. Defying the cruel conviction that isolation is the only way to keep family and providers safe, palliative care physician Sonali Wilborn and her team created an inpatient hospice unit for COVID19 patients—in just eight days. This groundbreaking effort allowed over eighty patients to receive the benefit of specialized end of life care and for their families to be with them in person; providing a compelling example for other systems to follow.

 

About the Speakers

Sonali Wilborn, MD, MBA, HMDC is the chief medical officer for Heart of Hospice which has seventeen service locations across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Sonali and her team pioneered the first inpatient hospice unit for patients with COVID-19 to provide specialized end-of-life care to patients while keeping families and caregivers safe. She also serves as the chief clinical officer for GAPS Health, a physician-led organization that provides leadership and training for providers who care for the frail, elderly and the chronically ill.

Matt Richtel is a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. Matt focuses on science, technology, business and narrative-driven storytelling, his most recent nonfiction book, An Elegant Defense, provides a riveting account of the extraordinary new science of the immune system.