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Monday, September 26, 2016

Being Mortal: Franciscan Health Offers Free Film Screening, Discussion

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Franciscan Health has partnered with the Indiana Coalition for Patient Safety and other local hospitals to bring free screenings and post-viewing discussions of the PBS Frontline film, Being Mortal.

Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

The discussion will focus on what matters most to patients and families who are facing difficult treatment decisions. 

“The goal of this project is to educate community members and stress the importance of having end-of-life conversations ahead of a medical crisis,” said David Mandelbaum, MD, medical director of Franciscan Health’s palliative care services and co-medical director, Franciscan VNS St. Francis Hospice.

Franciscan Health will host three screenings:

·        Monday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. – Franciscan Health Mooresville-Swisher Conference Room (1201 Hadley Road)

·        Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. – Franciscan Health Indianapolis-Auditorium (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)

·        Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – Franciscan Health Indianapolis-Auditorium

These events are free, and registration is not required. Refreshments will be served. 

For more information call, 317-528-7985.