'Speaksooner' program planned

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BENNINGTON >> On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 the Bennington-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present, "Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need," the first in the 2016 SpeakSooner community education series builds upon last November's program attended by over 120 people. As one attendee noted, "The overwhelming attendance reflected the thirst and need for your expertise." The program is free and open to the public, and will be held at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street in Bennington, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

This event will assemble a panel of experts to discuss resources available in our region that help to support patients and loved ones facing healthcare challenges. Learn to be better prepared to ask for the supports you need.

The panel includes: patient Lindy Lynch; SVMC hospitalist James Poole, MD; SVMC cancer patient navigator Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN; licensed acupuncturist Cindy Reilly, Dipl.Ac.; Reverend Lucy Ijams; and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. The program will be moderated by CCM co-founder Bernard Bandman, PhD. There will be time for audience questions and a reception catered by Kevin's Sports Pub will follow.

CCM's SpeakSooner initiative is committed to getting patients living with serious illness, their loved ones and healthcare providers on the same page sooner in the course of illness through timely, open and honest conversations about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supports, respectful of one's needs, values and goals.

Through the generosity of sponsors, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of CCM's Difficult Conversations Toolkit.

Space is limited, so please RSVP: speaksoonerbennington2.rsvpify.com or call 802-442-5800.


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