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Film Explores End-of-Life Care Free Screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on Wednesday, March 29


03.07.2017

St. Joseph Hospital is holding a free community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl Amelio Room at St. Joseph Hospital. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include: Donald McDonah, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care Services; Kristin Fox, APRN, Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care Services; Rebecca Zuill, MSW, Social Worker for the Cancer Center and members of the Spiritual Care Team.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/.

For more information about the free screening, contact Kristin Fox, APRN at (603) 882.3000. No registration is required for this event.

About St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, is a regional, full-service healthcare system dedicated to providing innovative, high quality healthcare. The main campus, St. Joseph Hospital, is a 208-bed facility combining the latest technologies and personalized medicine with conveniences such as around-the-clock emergency services, comprehensive, specialized treatment and preventive services at the Cardiovascular & Diabetes Center, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center, DNV GL-accredited stroke program at our hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and labor and delivery services at the Childbirth Center. We offer an extensive physician network of specialists and primary care providers. Affiliates include St. Joseph School of Nursing.

 

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