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Community Hospital to Host "Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life" Program

September 24, 2012

Community Hospital will host a nationally recognized program: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life, on Wednesday, October 17 from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the pre-recorded program will be shown in Community Hospital’s Prairie View Conference Room B at 1301 East H Street in McCook. The public is invited.

This year’sNew Perspectives educational program explores medical, legal, ethical issues, and communication barriers that surround artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH). It will emphasize the need for end-of-life provider organizations to have clear and transparent policies on ANH and to offer training to staff and education for families to minimize family misunderstanding and discord as well as moral distress and anguish of staff.

Mr. Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Terry Altilio, LCSW, ACSW, Social Work Coordinator in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America; Rabbi Gary S. Fink, DMin, MAHL, Director of Spiritual Care at Montgomery Hospice; Thomas E. Finucane, MD,  Professor of Medicine at the John Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine and the JHU Bioethics Institute, and part of JHU’S Core Faculty of the Biology of Healthy Aging Program; and JoAnne Reifsynder, PhD, APRN, Chief Nursing Officer for Genesis HealthCare, LLC and President of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Board of Directors.

There is no charge for the program. Register by calling Community Healthcare and Hospice at 308-344-8356or emailing Diane Sandall, Director at [email protected]. Deadline to register is Friday, October 12. Two continuing education credits are available for this program. Registration Form

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. This program is ideal for nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy, speech therapists, dieticians, nutritionists, and volunteers working in palliative and hospice care, long-term care, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, or home care.

Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

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