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Making Tough Choices at the End of Life

October 25, 2011

what do you do when you are facing end of life care for a loved one? Come and find out at Regis College Oct. 26

Regis College panel free and open to the public
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Upper Student Union Lounge

What is the best care for a loved one at the end of life? What do we want for ourselves, and what do we want for our loved one? These are questions most people find stressful to discuss. Families faced with end-of-life issues of a loved one have difficult financial, emotional and ethical decisions to make. The more ill the individual becomes, regardless of age, the more high-tech treatment is initiated, dramatically increasing the cost of health care. Decisions made between the family and the health care team must consider the patient’s quality of life.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a probing discussion of end-of-life issues, with the guidance of an expert panel, led by

Moderator

Antoinette Hays, PhD, President, Regis College

Presenters

B. Lachlan Forrow, MD, Physician Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow

Eric Schultz, MBA, President/CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Andrea Vicini, SJ, MD, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor in Theology, Boston College

Daniel P. Gorman, FNP-C, MSN, OCN, CRNI, Family Nurse Practitioner, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Research shows that “overly aggressive treatment at the end of life amounts to little more than buying misery,” according to Holly Prigerson, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The experts will discuss these challenging issues and the necessary elements for making the best decision for the patient, family and the health care providers.

The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. On November 16, a different panel will look at The Emotional and Physical Cost of Sports Injuries. In Spring, 2012, panels will explore the status of state and federal health reform laws and, finally, Cardiac Treatment for Women and Men.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours. Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

Social work contact hours applied for.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in 20 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, medical imaging, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707, aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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