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End-of-life discussion scheduled

July 24, 2005

Rev. Dr. Ann Boyd, a Bio Ethics professor at Hood College and an Episcopal Priest, will chair a panel of experts in the field of health care for end-of-life situations today, beginning at noon at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.

A brown-bag lunch discussion will include the options and dilemmas of end-of-life situations. All are welcome.

Joining Boyd will be Dr. Robert Kaufmann of Internal Medicine Associates, Frederick, Md., and a physician for Citizens Nursing Home; Doug Brown, EMT; and Andrea Yochem, director of Pediatric Nursing at Prince William Hospital in Virginia.

The workshop will go into the end-of-life medical challenges - interpreting living will directives in a time of high technology where the diagnosis of "terminal" is often disputed given the ability to do more and extend life longer without necessarily improving quality of life.

For additional information, call Chris Creedon at 301-733-2560.

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