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UPMC Hosts a Day of Conversation: Faith, Values and Advance Care Planning

WHAT: Every April, health care leaders nationwide observe National Health Care Decisions Day to encourage awareness of advanced care planning. UPMC leadership and staff work hard to ensure that patients and their family members are well-equipped with tools and resources to navigate their care.
UPMC will host a Day of Conversation teleconference, an informative conversation among faith leaders, medical experts and the public — to listen in, ask questions and access resources and tools for advanced care planning.
WHY: Advance care planning encourages people to make important health care decisions to alleviate confusion or burden on family members, when the patient maybe unable to communicate their wishes in the future.
• Daniel Leger, R.N., B.C.C., C.P.S.P., chaplain and spiritual care coordinator, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
• Andrew Thurston, M.D., medical director of palliative care, UPMC Mercy; clinical asst. professor of medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh
• Sharon Hudak, R.N., M.S.N., B.C., supportive services program nurse, UPMC Presbyterian
• Rev. Christopher T. Conti, M.D., senior pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church; physician, emergency medicine; established the nonprofit Emmanuel Empowerment Foundation
• Rev. B. De Neice Welch, B.S., B.A., senior pastor, Bidwell Presbyterian Church; chair, Ntosake (part of the national Gamaliel Network)
• Edward Lewis, M.Div., bereavement and spiritual support coordinator, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
• Tammy Kelmickis, community member who experienced the advance care planning process with her brother.
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WHEN: 12 noon, Tuesday, April 17th
TO REGISTER: Call 412-802-6560. You also may call this number with any questions before or on the day of the call.
TO JOIN THE TELECONFERENCE – DAY OF EVENT: Call 877-228-2184, pin number 111835.

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