Let's Continue the Conversation | February 6, 2014

End of Life Public Forum - February 6, 2014

A partnership of health care providers in Greater Sudbury held a second free public forum on the topic of end-of-life care planning.

The second End Of Life Care Public Forum was held Thursday, February 6, at the Steelworkers Hall, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. 

The event was presented by Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord, Maison Vale Hospice, Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and the North East Community Care Access Centre.

The goal of the first public forum was to encourage people to have a conversation with their loved ones about end-of-life care. The second End Of Life Care Public Forum focused on the actual planning process for end-of-life care. Guest speakers included:

  • Brenda Cunningham, who has a chronic lung condition and is in the process of planning her end-of-life care. She shared her first-hand account of her own journey.
  • Sister Costanza Romano, Team Lead, Spiritual and Religious Care, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, who provided the audience with some of the emotional, spiritual/philosophical and family dynamic considerations when planning end-of-life care.
  • Lise Poratto-Mason, a lawyer with expertise in the field of medical consent and end-of-life care who provided guidance on legal considerations that must be addressed
  • Dr. Andrew Knight, Palliative Care Lead at HSN, provided the audience with a sense of what physicians need to hear from patients and family members in order to help them plan end-of-life care, and what physicians need to communicate to patients and family members.
  • Frankie Vitone, North East Community Care Access Centre and North East Hospice Palliative Care Network, provided an overview of end-of-life care services available in northeastern Ontario.

The evening was moderated by Léo Therrien, Executive Director of Maison Vale Hospice, with closing remarks from Dr. Denis Roy, President and CEO of HSN.

The event was free of charge, and included light refreshments and an expo featuring goods and services related to end-of-life care.

The End of Life Care public forums were proudly supported by the HSN Foundation, the Northern Cancer Foundation, and the HSN Volunteer Association, and sponsored by Lougheed’s, Huntington University, and the St. Joseph’s Foundation

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