Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a day-long forum on palliative care on May 25 in the hospital auditorium at 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.
"Palliative Care: Experiencing a Full Life" will explore the origins of palliative care medicine, its mission and goals and how it can help patients experience life to the fullest. Presenters will also address the ethical challenges surrounding end-of-life decision-making, including the determination of ordinary versus extraordinary means of care, criteria for withholding or withdrawing life-sustained treatments and proper application of the Catholic Church's teaching on medically-assisted nutrition and hydration.
Presenters are Dr. Arlene S. Bobonich, palliative care attending physician at Geisinger Holy Spirit, and Dr. Joe Zalot, ethicist at the National Bioethics Center.
The forum will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include large and small group discussions, question-and-answer time, and a noon Mass.
The cost to attend is $35 and includes lunch and refreshments. Chaplains will earn 4.75 continuing education hours.
For more information or to register, call the Geisinger Holy Spirit Pastoral Care office at 717-763-2118. The registration deadline is May 18.