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National palliative care expert joins local religious leaders to lecture at Genesys

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Genesys will welcome a national expert in palliative care to speak at: "Ethics and Palliative Care," a day-long seminar sponsored by Genesys Medical Education on Wednesday, June 8.
Steven Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, director of Palliative Care Leadership Center for the University of California in San Francisco, serves as the keynote speaker. He will discuss: "The Journey - The Role of Palliative Care; Why, When and Who."

Those attending the seminar will learn about pain and symptom management in palliative care, triggers that identify patient populations appropriate for palliative care, cultural barriers in end of life decisions, ethics and moral issues, emotional challenges regarding end of life decisions, and advance directives with patients at multiple points in the chronic illness spectrum.

The educational event is open to anyone working in the field of palliative care; as well as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, hospice caregivers, and other interested allied health professionals.

The seminar also includes these lectures:

"Palliative Care: What it's all About" by Stuart Weiner, DO, FACOI, medical director of Palliative Care at Genesys

"Ethical Care across Cultures" by Rev. George Cleaves Jr, rector at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Grand Blanc; Fr. Timothy Nelson, MD from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flint; Rev. Desiree Lawson from Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Flint; Naja Bazzy, RN and CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions; Michael Swarin, DO, from HealthPlus of Michigan; and Stuart Weiner, DO, from Genesys

"Challenges of Pediatric Palliative Care" by Sara Pendleton, MD, medical director of Pediatrics at Genesys; and Jeanne Lewandowski, MD, from St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit

"It Takes the Whole Team - Beyond Medical Management" by Heather Kirkpatrick, PhD, psychologist at Genesys; and Karen Borruso, social worker at HealthPlus

"Legal Issues Surrounding End of Life Care: A Case Study in Futility" by Theresa Schurman, JD, from HealthPlus; and Stephanie Whiskier-Lewis, DO, FACOI, FHM, from Genesys

The seminar runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and takes place at Genesys Conference and Banquet Center on the Genesys Regional Medical Center - Health Park campus in Grand Blanc Township.

Cost is $75 for active practice physicians; $50 for retired physicians, nurses, nursing home administrators and all other allied health professionals.

For accreditation information and CME credit information, call the Genesys Medical Education department at 810-606-6527. To register, go on line to or call 810-606-6527.


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