A free, comprehensive panel discussion on palliative care featuring healthcare professionals from The Valley Hospital and religious leaders from West Side Presbyterian Church and Temple Israel JCC will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, New Jersey. The event is open to the public.

The panel will examine the modern experience of mortality through the lens of New York Times bestselling author Atul Gawande, author of the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”

Palliative Care focuses on Preventing and Relieving Pain and Stress

Palliative care focuses on preventing or relieving the symptoms, pain and stress that can accompany a serious, chronic or incurable illness. It can also be used during times of acute illness. By receiving comprehensive treatment and services in connection with those of a primary care physician, a patient can see improvement in their quality of life. Palliative care also provides comfort and support for family members and/or other caregivers.

Gawande’s book discusses the current ways that modern medicine deals with decision-making at the end of life and offers ideas for improvements that would benefit both doctors and patients alike. Gawande is a surgeon and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

The Panel

  • Arnold Scham, M.D., psychiatrist and palliative care physician, Valley Health System
  • Yusimi Sobrino-Bonilla MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CCRN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Palliative Care, Valley Hospital
  • Rabbi David Fine, Temple Israel JCC
  • Pat McGlade, Faith Community Nurse, West Side Presbyterian Church

The panel will be moderated by Tina Basenese, Director, Valley Hospice. Kariann Abbate, M.D., cardiologist, Valley Medical Group, will introduce the program.

Registration is required to attend this event. To register for the panel discussion, call 1-800-VALLEY-1 (1-800-825-5391) or visit www.ValleyHealth.com/Events/

As a precursor to the November 17 panel discussion, West Side Presbyterian Church will be hosting four lunch and learn events. These events are also open to the public and registration is requested, but not required.

Schedule of Lunch and Learn Events

  • Sunday, September 18 at 11:30 am: Pat McGlade, West Side’s Faith Community Nurse, and Mason Jenkins, Pastoral Care Supervisor, will provide an introduction to Gawande's book.
  • Sunday, October 16 at 11:30 am: Pat McGlade, along with West Side Presbyterian members Abby Gary, Maryann Hoogerhyde and Donna Dykstra, will lead a discussion about the Gawande's book.
  • Sunday, October 23 at 11:30