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

Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” at 2 PM on March 29 at Upper Valley Medical Center Conference Rooms 1-2. 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.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. The film “Being Mortal” originally aired nationally in February of 2015 on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit this link. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is available here.

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 Hospice of Miami County.

While there is no cost to attend, those who plan to do so are encouraged to register from this page – Find the registration buttons for both locations in the upper right. Those who register and will be entered to win a copy of the book “Being Mortal.”

Upper Valley Medical Center
Conference Rooms 1-2
March 29, 2017 | 2:00 pm

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.