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Strawberry Shakes, an Ocean View and a Wedding

by Jen Fuhrman-Kestler, AAHPM e-Marketing Manager

“FYI…we’re getting hitched tomorrow.”

This was the text I received from my fiancé as I sat in the opening session of a membership and marketing conference. Although he made me chuckle with his deliberate flippant wording, I quickly understood the significance of what was about to happen within the next 24 hours.

My now mother-in-law, Barb, has been in poor health for the past few years, and has gone through a myriad of medical treatments for her many different serious illnesses. After a stay in the ICU, she decided to move to hospice.

Being an employee of AAHPM, and advocate of palliative care, I was pleased with her decision to focus on quality of life and relieved that her uncomfortable symptoms would be managed.

The team at Shell Point Hospice has helped align a care plan with my mother-in-law’s goals. She is a strong and independent woman, never afraid to voice her opinion. Her first request was a view of the water. Her room on the fourth floor overlooks a lagoon filled with manatees, dolphins and tarpon. After being in the ICU and limited to a few spoonfuls of ice chips, nothing sounded better to her than a strawberry milkshake. Removing all the limitations and restrictions and allowing her to enjoy her remaining days has made Barb very happy, but the greatest gift Shell Point was able to give her was perhaps the most unconventional.

When Barb’s prognosis meant that she would not be able to make our late July wedding, Shawn and I decided to bring the wedding to her. After my conference, I got the first flight to Fort Myers. The next morning, we stopped by the Publix to pick up some flowers and a small cake. When the woman at the bakery asked if the cake was for a special occasion, and we answered “our wedding,” she looked as if she didn’t believe us. We arrived at the hospice and spoke with the chaplain, Dewey. He quickly got to know Shawn and me, and within a half an hour, we had a ceremony. Michelle, the social worker, took photos, and three of Barb’s closest friends joined her to witness our promise to spend the rest of our lives making one another happy.

We are so grateful that we could share our wedding with Barb, and so appreciative of the work done by the hospice team to accommodate our rather unusual request. It was a tear-filled day, but each one shed was the result of love. Barb was beaming and counted it as one of the single-greatest joys of her life. Shawn and I were beaming too.

Eating Out and Activities in Vancouver

AAHPM and HPNA members and staff are getting excited for the 2011 Annual Assembly in beautiful Vancouver. As you may remember, last year, we posted our favorite dining out spots in Boston. Now we would like to know, those of you from or who have visited Vancouver, what do you recommend? Leave a comment and share some tips.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Entertainment Ideas for Boston

Welcome to Boston! If you have any questions about anything Boston related, stop by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Concierge Desk at the Hynes Convention Center located by AAHPM Registration during these times:

Wednesday: 9 pm-6 pm
Thursday; 9 am-4 pm
Friday, 9 am-5 pm
Saturday, 9 am-3 pm

Fenway Park is just down the street from the convention center, so be sure to ask about the 25% discount on Fenway Park Tours!

Looking for something fun to do?

Thursdays, 5-7 pm, Wine Tasting, 33 Restaurant

Fridays, 6:30 pm, Live Cooking Shows at Rustic Kitchen

Nightly Rush Hour Menu at Morton’s Back Bay…$6 Bar Bites all night!

Friday, March 5, 7 pm, Boston University Hockey vs. Northeastern

Friday, March 5, Pat Green in Concert at House of Blues Boston

Dinner and Jazz nightly at Beehive

America’s Oldest Restaurant…Union Oyster House

Top of the Hub…best views in the city

Additional questions

For additional questions, feel free to contact Lisa Deveney, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau,at ldeveney@bostonusa.com. Follow Lisa on Twitter, @LisaBostonUSA, for more ideas of evening events during the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly.

Looking forward to seeing you all for a great meeting!

-Vanessa Mobley, AAHPM Senior Meetings Manager

Eating Out in Boston: AAHPM Member Edition

Nearly 2,300 people are expected to descend on Boston in the next few days for the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly, and the burning question on everyone’s mind is … where am I going to eat? Actually, with the extensive array of educational sessions and networking opportunities planned for nearly every hour of the day, food is more likely to be something of an afterthought. There are many dining options available beyond the nearest McDonald’s or room service, however, so be sure to take advantage of the eclectic range of eateries in Boston. With recommendations ranging from casual cafes to fine dining, 10 AAHPM members who are Boston locals have graciously shared their favorite restaurants in the area (yes, some are duplicates, but that is all the more reason to visit these popular restaurants!).

The scrumptious sandwiches are among the top selections at the Parish Cafe. Photo courtesy of The Parish Cafe.

1. Mooo – Primarily a steakhouse, Mooo has well-prepared food, a pleasant ambiance, and excellent service. –Douglas Brandoff, MD

2. South End Buttery – Not over the top expensive, the South End Buttery is my new favorite restaurant and serves a delicately flavored menu, full of variety. Just a 1.1 mile walk from the convention center! –Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH

3. Legal Sea Foods – One of the best fish places in Boston, though expensive. If you’re on a budget and looking for something edible and quick, consider the Food Court in the Prudential Center just across the street. Also try Jasper White’s Summer Shack a block away, which enjoys considerable fame (as well as a raucous atmosphere). –J. Andrew Billings, MD

4. Abe & Louie’s – I love this old-fashioned steak house, just a short walk from the convention center! –Janet Abrahm, MD

5. Legal Sea Foods or Sel de la Terre are two of my favorites—there are so many great restaurants in the area that no attendee should suffer a bad meal! –Jim Baker, MD

6. Sel de la Terre – Really convenient and a little fancy, Sel de la Terre offers delicious food inspired by southern France country cooking. –Rick Goldstein, MD

7. Rocca – This South End eatery offers a friendly atmosphere and excellent Italian food. –Susan D. Block, MD

8. Parish Café – My favorite for lunch with out-of-towners, this café has scrumptious, savory sandwiches. The Cactus Club – Right across the street from the convention center, the Cactus Club boasts the best margaritas in town! Finale is decadence defined. As we in the palliative care community know well, “life is short, so eat dessert (first)!” Small dinners are offered as a preclude to dessert, the main event here! –Mary Buss, MD

9. The Other Side Café – Vegetarian choices, hip atmosphere, and a surprisingly good beer selection are found at this café, less than a 10-minute walk from the Hynes. –Brian McMichael, MD

10. Addis Red Sea Restaurant – Located in the South End at 544 Tremont Street, visit this restaurant for authentic Ethiopian cuisine, friendly wait staff, and a nice ambiance. -Craig Blinderman, MD

Don’t see a favorite place on the list? Share with other attendees your thoughts on where to eat! Happy dining.

-Katie Macaluso, AAHPM Assistant Editor