2019 SCHA Awards
Outstanding Nurse

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G. Jay Westbrook G. Jay Westbrook

G. Jay Westbrook

Position: Clinical Director

Organization: Compassionate Journey


List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician, Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School's Palliative Care Department, and a specialist in End-Of-Life care and education. Jay has created and was Clinical Director of the first Palliative Care & Bereavement Service in a California community hospital, and created American Society on Aging's End-Of-Life Issues Committee. Westbrook has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from UCS, is a certified Grief Recovery Specialists, a Registered Nurse, and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Jay is nationally recognized as an expert on the constellation of issues surrounding End-Of-Life and is highly skilled in working with the spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual suffering of people approaching the end of their lives, and their families and caregivers.

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Jay speaks and consults nationally, at both the keynote and breakout levels, on the constellation of issues, surrounding End-Of-Live, and recently has published a powerfully moving book of stories which illustrate the tools he's cultivated in three decades of working with the dying and grieving. Jay is an informative, entertaining and inspiring speaker who presents powerfully on the transformative aspects of suffering and on using suffering to awaken compassion. Jay has served as a consultant on more than 19 different organizations in healthcare.