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4/12/2013 12:48:00 PM
How palliative care improves lives of patients and their families
Kurt Smidt-Jernstrom
Kurt Smidt-Jernstrom

BEAVERTON — If your loved one was facing a serious illness, would you know how to provide care and support? Palliative care could be the answer.

On April 20, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Bethany Center series presents “Palliative care: beyond a simple definition.” Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. It’s for any age and at any stage of sickness, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for the patient and the family.

Kurt Smidt-Jernstrom, chaplain at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, will provide practical suggestions to support those who are struggling with illness. He'll answer questions related to patients, caregivers and families.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Bethany Center Conference Room in the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Convent, 4440 SW 148th Avenue, Beaverton. The cost is $15 per person.

Smidt-Jernstrom lives in Canby. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is a member of his hospital’s ethics consultation service. He earned certification in bereavement counseling from the Archdiocese of New York Department of Education.

A video preview is available at www.youtube.com/valleycatholicschool.
For additional information, contact Sister Noreen Orazio at 503-644-9181 ext. 1268 or register at [email protected]

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