Saint John’s Health Center will present a free community education forum – Your Health and Life — Perspectives, Decisions and Conversation on End of Life Care, Advance Directives and Palliative Care – on National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and repeated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium.
Lecture topics and speakers will include: “End of Life Medical Care—An Emergency Room Physician’s Perspective” by Russ Kino, MD (Tuesday afternoon), the Medical Director of Saint John’s Emergency Services; End of Life Medical Care—A Physician’s Perspective” by Jonathan D. Weaver, MD (Wednesday evening), a specialist in Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Geriatrics; “Palliative Care, Comfort Care or Hospice—The Right Care at the Right Time” by Brian Madden, MD, the Medical Director of Saint John’s Palliative Care Program; The Gift of “Five Wishes”® Advance Directive” by Cynthia Lane, RN, the Director of Saint John’s Case Management and Social Services; and “The POLST—Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” by Paul Schnieder, MD, FACP, the President of the Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium and member of the West Los Angeles POLST Coalition.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is celebrated each year on April 16 and is in its sixth year. Last year more than 40,000 members of the general public received direct information about NHDD and/or advance directives/advance care planning. Getting care a patient wants when he or she needs it the most can be assured with pre-planning.
This community forum is sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Community Health Education Program. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 310-829-8453.
About Saint John’s
Since its founding in 1942 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Saint John’s Health Center has been providing the patients and families of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and ocean communities with breakthrough medicine and inspired healing. Saint John’s provides a spectrum of treatment and diagnostic services with distinguished areas of excellence in cancer care, spine, orthopedics, women’s health, cardiac care and specialized programs such as the internationally acclaimed John Wayne Cancer Institute. Saint John’s is dedicated to bringing to the community the most innovative advances in medicine and technology. For more information, visit us at www.newstjohns.org, like us at www.facebook.com/NewSaintJohns or follow us at www.twitter.com/SaintJohns2.