2016 Caris Leadership Development Institute: Importance of Continuing Education

Caris Healthcare Medical Directors, Nurse Practitioners and Patient Care Managers earn valuable continuing education credit hours through our Caris Leadership Development Institute.

“The purpose of the annual Caris Leadership Development Institute is twofold,” explained Caris Corporate Medical Officer Donald Lighter, MD. “First, we bring our clinicians the most current medical and administrative information regarding hospice and palliative care in a way designed to ensure we provide the highest quality patient care. Second, we create an atmosphere in which our clinicians and administrative staff can interact with one another and leverage the sum of their experience to help ensure that our patients receive quality, appropriate care that reflects the Caris mission.”

Held at the Haslam Business Building at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville, the Caris Leadership Development Institute offers continuing education credit hours through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine Continuing Education and Professional Development Department.

“These continuing education credit hours are unique since they are specific to hospice, and furthermore, specific to Caris,” Lighter said. “This event underscores the importance on bettering ourselves to enhance the service we provide to our patients and the medical community.”

“Education assists us all as we attempt to provide quality world class care,” explained Patient Care Manager Cinda Woodard. “The Leadership Development institute focuses on medical as well as administrative information. It is important for us to learn and share with the clinical and administrative staff at our local office. This promotes the delivery of excellent care to our patients and excellent service to our referral sources.”

Caris embraces the value in gathering our clinical leaders together to share perspectives and learn from each other,” noted Caris Founder and CEO Norman McRae. “These annual meetings will influence the way our clinical leaders train employees in every one of our local offices in Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Missouri.”


Corporate Medical Officer Donald Lighter, MD, discussing  different approaches to necessary end-of-life conversations.