Advance Care Planning: Let’s Talk About Your Wishes

With Christina Bowen, MD

Have you given any thought to the kind of care you’d want or not want if you were faced with a life limiting health crisis? If there was only a remote possibility that you’d be able to return to a quality life as you define it, would you still want all life sustaining treatments provided you? These can be difficult choices, especially for family members when faced with making decisions for someone they love, without having a good understanding of their loved ones preferences.
Expand your knowledge and awareness of the possibilities any of us could be faced with in a medical crisis. Get your questions answered about what you can do to best ensure your preferences for care are honored.  In doing so, you are giving your family and loved ones the best gift possible.

We will watch a screening of the award winning documentary Extremis, with a follow-up discussion lead by Dr. Christina Bowen.  This documentary runs 24 minutes and provides a window into the wrenching emotions that patients, families, doctors and nurses in the ICU face in making the sometimes harrowing choices that accompany end of life decisions.

*This documentary was filmed in an ICU in California and graphically portrays real-life situations of patients at the end of life and their families. It may bring up strong emotions. To watch the trailer for a preview, please visit:

Register in advance by calling 449-7300. The program is from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

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