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Palliative Care Project Team

Ms. Lisa Penner (Co-Chair); SWAHN Palliative Care Project Team; Lead South West LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Network

Currently the South West LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Lead, Lisa Penner has spent the last 21 years in health care. She began her career in Detroit, Michigan as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

She then moved back to London Health Sciences Centre-South Street where she worked in Cardiac Surgery and ER. She completed her BSCN at Laurentian University during this time.

In 1998, Lisa became the Clinical Nurse Educator at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. She provided in-services and training to all health professionals with a specific focus on acute and emergency care.

In 2004, Lisa moved to an Administration role at Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll. She was the Chief Nursing Executive-Vice President until 2014. She functioned as Interim CEO twice during her Vice Presidency. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration through the Australian Institute of Business in 2014.

Lisa’s passion for quality improvement, learning and a patient centered approach to health management has made her a successful leader within the healthcare system across the Southwest.

Ms. Maura Purdon (Co-Chair); SWAHN Palliative Care Project Team; Director, Palliative Care; Erie St. Clair Hospice Palliative Care Network

Maura Purdon is the Erie St. Clair Hospice Palliative Care Network Director responsible for system planning in palliative care as well as leadership of the Erie St. Clair Regional Palliative Care Education Collaborative. She assumed responsibilities as the Network Director in June 2015 following 7 years in palliative care education developing the Education Collaborative. Annually the Collaborative through a network of partnering organizations supports the education of 700-1500 health care providers – physicians, NPs, nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Pastoral Care and volunteers working in community care, hospitals, LTCHs and hospices. Maura is employed through the ESC CCAC under a host agency model.

Prior to assuming full time employment through the ESC CCAC, Maura was a Partner in the consulting firm, Bright Harbour Partners where she worked with over 30 For-Profit and Not-For-Profit organizations across Southwestern Ontario facilitating planning sessions with Boards and Management teams, leading merger, restructuring and strategic planning initiatives and supporting the development of palliative care education.

For 18 years Maura was employed in the Financial Services sector where her work included operational and corporate management roles as well as company-wide leadership of major change initiatives associated with mergers and acquisitions.

Palliative Care Project Team Terms of Reference


The Palliative Care Project Team falls under the direction of the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream. The Project Team’s primary focus will be to explore the current state of education and training related to palliative care with respect to all health and human service providers across the continuum of education in Southwestern Ontario. This analysis will allow the Project Team to inform the future state of educational programs, encouraging the incorporation of palliative care education into the curriculum.

The Palliative Care Project Team will:

1. Ensure that Project Team activities are aligned with the goals of SWAHN (i.e., to transform health in Southwestern Ontario through integrated excellence in research, education and clinical practice); 

2. Liaise with and report to the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream concerning matters related to the focus and advancement of the following Project Team activities as guided by the Declaration of Partnership & Commitment to Action released in 2011:
a. The development of an inventory of education curricula for all health and human service            

    professionals across the continuum of education in Southwestern Ontario;

b. A gap analysis of the curriculum based on the inventory (e.g., the current state);

c. A strategy to improve consistency within the core curriculum through the development of a model for        streamlined education (e.g., the ideal future state)

d. The development of a survey of palliative care research.

3. Develop short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream which will be specific, measurable, and achievable in one to two years (short term) and three to five years (long term);  

4. Identify appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance.