Community Advisory Board

 

The goal of the Community Advisory Board is to provide advice, input, and support for the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence to help ensure that the Center meets its mission of improving the lives of patients with serious illness and their families.  The Community Advisory Board is comprised of volunteer community members who faced serious or terminal illness personally or through a family member or loved one, so that they may bring their experiential perspective to advise the leaders and members of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

 

It was with great pleasure that the Community Advisory Board welcomed two new Co-Chairs in 2015, Ron Peck and Priscilla Armstrong.

 

Ron is a graduate of Columbia Pacific University with an MBA in Marketing and has worked around the globe for fortune 500 companies as a sales and marketing executive in Healthcare, Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. Ron is currently the co-founder of the Blind Judo Foundation, a nonprofit corporation introducing blind and visually impaired children, young adults and returning blind military men and women to the sport of Judo.  “Over three years ago I was exposed to a lecture at the University of Washington Medicine’s Mini Medical School on the subject of Palliative Care.  I must admit, I was unfamiliar with the subject and its application. During this time period, my wife was diagnosed with cancer along with all the implications this means both physically, emotionally and spiritually. She subsequently underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and more surgery due to the radiation. As her non MD primary care giver, I wanted to comfort and empower her psyche, spirit and draw upon resources making a difference in both of our lives. The UW Medicine Mini Medical School lecture by Anthony Back, MD, Co-Director of the Palliative Care Center of Excellence, now called the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, resonated with me which lead me to the Community Advisory Board. What a valuable asset we have which is threading itself into all facets of our welfare and personal lives.”

 

 

Priscilla is currently the Director of Workforce Development at Skills Inc., an aerospace manufacturing and finishing company. As a Columbia University graduate in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Johns Hopkins SAIS participant she also has spent many years living and working in Asia and helping organize several Sino-American Infectious Disease Conferences in Taipei and Shanghai. “In 2008 my parents were both diagnosed with significant health issues. During the last 8 years I have helped care for them. A year ago my mother's health issues became so severe she needed oxygen full time. A suggested solution to ease her discomfort was a PleurX Catheter in her chest. Not only was she more comfortable she no longer needed to use oxygen and her quality of life was greatly improved. It was my first exposure to palliative care. This experience inspired me to ask more questions and search for other ways to make her more comfortable. Joining the Community Advisory Board has provided me with an amazing opportunity to share and learn about the growth of this important field.”

 

 

 

You can download our Community Advisory Board Brochure and our Members’ Handbook below.

 

 

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