Local Experts Discuss End-of-Life Issues June 9 at Greece Apollo

May 16, 2005

National expert on end-of-life care Timothy Quill, M.D., will lead a community discussion on advanced directives at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at Greece Apollo Middle School, 750 Maiden Lane.

Advanced directives – living wills, health care proxy, power of attorney and do-not-resuscitate orders – allow individuals to articulate their wishes for care if they find themselves in a state when they’re unable to a speak for themselves. This has been a hot topic because of the legal wrangling that occurred in the months and weeks before Terri Schiavo’s death.  Schiavo was a young Florida woman in a vegetative state whose parents and husband disagreed over her end-of-life care.

Quill, director of Center for Palliative Care and Clinical Ethics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will be joined by Marcia Buckley, N.P., of the Palliative Care Consult Service at URMC, and Beth Dorscheid, R.N., M.S., director of Hospice Care for Visiting Nurse Service. 

Their discussion is titled, “Karen Ann Quinlan, Nancy Cruzan, Terri Schiavo and You:  Does your family know how you feel about end-of-life issues?”

The program is designed to encourage people to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care with family and friends, and to put them in writing, through a living will or health care proxy.  Advanced directives, like those, help ensure that a person’s wishes are met even if they are unable to express themselves.

There will be on-site volunteers to assist with health care proxy forms at the discussion.

The program is part of a lecture series sponsored by the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western New York.

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