Free Palliative Care Panel Based on Atul Gawande’s Book “Being Mortal”
RIDGEWOOD, NJ, September 15, 2016—You are invited to attend a free, comprehensive panel on palliative care, which will feature religious leaders from West Side Presbyterian Church and Temple Israel JCC, and healthcare professionals from The Valley Hospital. The panel will examine the modern experience of mortality through the lens of NY Times bestselling author Atul Gawande, author of the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”
Palliative care focuses on preventing or relieving the symptoms, pain and stress that can accompany a serious, chronic or incurable illness. It can also be used during times of acute illness. By receiving comprehensive treatment and services in concert with those of a primary care physician, a patient can see improvement in their quality of life. Palliative care also provides comfort and support for family members and/or other caregivers.
Gawande’s book , which discusses the current ways that modern medicine deals with decision-making at the end of life and offers ideas for improvements that would benefit both doctors and patient alike. Gawande is a surgeon who is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.
The panel will consist of Arnold Scham, M.D., psychiatrist and palliative care physician, Valley Health System, Yusimi Sobrino-Bonilla MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CCRN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Palliative Care, The Valley Hospital, Rabbi David Fine, Temple Israel JCC and Pat McGlade, Faith Community Nurse, West Side Presbyterian Church. In addition, the panel will be moderated by Tina Basenese, Director, Valley Hospice and Kariann Abbate, M.D., cardiologist, Valley Medical Group, will introduce the program.
The panel discussion is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at West Side Presbyterian Church, which is located at 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood, NJ. Registration is required to attend this event. To register for the panel discussion, please call 1-800-VALLEY-1 (1-800-825-5391) or visit www.ValleyHealth.com/Events/.
As a precursor to the November 17 panel discussion, West Side Presbyterian Church will be hosting four lunch and learn events. These events are also open to the public and registration is requested, but not required.
- Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m.: Pat McGlade, West Side’s Faith Community Nurse, and Mason Jenkins, Pastoral Care Supervisor, will provide an introduction to the book.
- Sunday, October 16, 11:30 a.m.: Pat McGlade, along with West Side Presbyterian members Abby Gary, Maryann Hoogerhyde and Donna Dykstra, will lead a discussion about the book.
- Sunday, October 23, 11:30 a.m.: There will be a showing of PBS Frontline’s piece featuring author Atul Gawande, followed by a discussion of his book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”
- Sunday, November 6, 11:30 a.m.: Donald Reeder, an attorney specializing in elder issues, and a representative from Valley will conduct a presentation on the P.O.L.S.T. form and advanced directives. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session pertaining to the presentation.
To register for a lunch and learn, please contact Pat McGlade at [email protected] or 201-652-1966, x104.