Agrace: Annual End-of-Life Forum to explore restoring the heart and humanity in medicine

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

Contact:
Liz Kopling, Director of Marketing & Communications
Office: (608) 327-7219

Cell: (608) 772-9653
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Agrace Annual End-of-Life Forum to Explore
Restoring the Heart and Humanity in Medicine

MADISON, Wis. – What role does spirituality play in a patient’s quality of life during serious illness? Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care will explore integrating spirituality into health care at its 2013 End-of-Life Forum, “At the Heart of What Matters,” Thursday, September 19, in Madison.

The day-long conference is open to the public and will be held at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the conference concludes at 4:30 p.m. The Forum will be especially educational for any health care worker, social worker, counselor, advocate or volunteer who is involved in caring for people with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

The keynote address will be delivered by Christina Puchalski, MD, MS. Dr. Puchalski is the director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), in Washington, D.C., and a professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine. An active clinician, Dr. Puchalski is board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care and has led research and education in the integration of spiritual care across disciplines.

“At the Heart of What Matters” features additional presentations and afternoon workshops on the topics of managing behavioral problems of dementia, pain and symptom management, a generational approach to death and dying and a panel discussion on caring for all in our community, including people who are homeless or incarcerated. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and receive information on valuable services available in our community.

Continuing education credits are available for health care professionals. The registration fee of $95 includes a continental breakfast, the presentations, lunch, afternoon workshops, conference materials and access to exhibitors. Pre-registration for the forum is strongly preferred and is due by Friday, September 6. Walk-in registrations will be accepted the morning of the conference for a fee of $100.

To register or get more information about the conference, visit agrace.org/eol. Call Amy Ketterer at Agrace with questions at (608) 327-7202.

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit agrace.org.