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OHIO’S COMMUNITY MERCY HOSPICE IS PARTICIPATING IN A NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO ENGAGE COMMUNITIES IN AN END-OF-LIFE CONVERSATION.

Ohio’s Community Mercy Hospice is holding a free screening of “Being Mortal” at 11:30 AM on May 23 at United Senior Services located at 125 W. Main , Springfield. A light dinner will be provided for those in attendance. Registration is required, but attendance is free. Please call United Senior Services at 937-323-4948 to make a reservation.

Following the screening, audience members are invited to participate in a guided conversation on how to identify and take concrete steps to communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“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.

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.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America and affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice, including Ohio’s Community Mercy Hospice .

NOTE FOR CLINICIANS:

This activity has been approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider number RCS070901. An attendee must attend the entire event and complete an event evaluation in order to receive a CEU certificate. 2 CEUs will be awarded to the participant upon satisfactory completion of this activity. Attention Nurses: Per the Ohio Board of Nursing Website: A continuing education activity that has been approved by a board or an agency that regulates a health care profession or related discipline in Ohio or another jurisdiction will be recognized as acceptable for licensure renewal. Examples include …the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.