FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital will host a conference End of Life Care: Continuing the Conversation from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Bass Room. The target audiences are health care professionals, funeral directors, students and community members, according to a FMH news release.

Topics will include: how to have the end-of-life conversation, compassion fatigue, tissue and organ donation, and more. An hour-long documentary, “Being Mortal,” featuring Boston surgeon Atul Gawande will be shown at 1:30 p.m.

Gawande explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life and investigates the practice of caring for the dying. The film demonstrates how doctors, himself included, are often untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

A panel discussion is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. featuring Pamela Brown, RN, CHPN, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and HealthReach hospice educator; Kathy Amsden, MSW, clinical social worker at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice; Janet Cyr Wight, representing the New England Organ Bank; and Larry Labul, DO, FACOI, SFHM, Franklin Memorial Hospital hospitalist, board certified in hospice/palliative care.

There is no fee for students and community members.

There is a tuition fee of $30 for those seeking CEUs (continuing education units), which includes a complimentary lunch at noon.

For more information or to register, call 779-2451 or email [email protected].


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.