LAS VEGAS – February 23, 2022 – Nathan Adelson Hospice, the leader in hospice and palliative care in southern Nevada, will host its 18th Annual Multicultural Conference and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 16.  This year’s theme is titled: “PRIDE, Compassion and Community: Aging with PRIDE in Modern Healthcare.” 

Each year, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides this forum to unite and educate people from various cultures and beliefs on end-of-life care tailored to their needs. Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman will be the keynote speaker. 

“Our annual Multicultural event aims to educate the community and healthcare professionals about ways to positively impact the end-of-life journey for everyone,” said Karen Rubel, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “This year, we are fortunate to have a diverse selection of speakers who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable in their respective fields and own experiences.”

Topics and speakers for the three breakout panel sessions include:  

  • PRIDE Panel moderated by John Waldron from The Center, and featuring: Matthew Cox, Nathan Adelson Hospice; Samuel Hickson, Ph.D., Intermountain Healthcare; Tina Dortch, MPA, Office of Minority Health, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services; and Jesef Benedict and Charisma Salas, both LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Activists.
    • Panel members will discuss PRIDE, what LGBTQIA+ means, and some of the challenges faced. They will also share their experiences.
  • Compassion Panel moderated by Cassandra Cotton, Nathan Adelson Hospice, and featuring: Gerry Heard, SCI Shared Resources, LLC; Rob Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C, Huntridge Family Clinic; and Nancy S. Hunterton, MA, MFT, Marriage and Family Therapy. 
    • This panel will discuss the challenges LGBTQIA+ patients and their families face while receiving healthcare, end-of-life care and mortuary services.
  • Grief Panel moderated by President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice Karen Rubel. It will feature: Holly Reese, The Center; Cheryl Johnston, Ph.DM KMSW, ACHP-SW, Nathan Adelson Hospice; and Bishop Bonnie Radden, The Gathering Place.
    • The panel will discuss how those in the LGBTQIA+ community deal with the loss of a spouse, partner, or loved one. 

Tickets are $80 per person for the luncheon only, $120 for access to the luncheon and conference for those without CEUs (continuing education unit/credit), and $150 for those with CEUs. Donations to the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation are also being accepted. 

Morning sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and the luncheon featuring keynote speaker Spearman will run 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For tickets to the conference and luncheon, or for more information, contact Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-787-3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the largest and longest established hospice in southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. For more information, visit