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University of Iowa News Release

March 22, 2005

Local Hospitals To Host Bereavement Teleconference

On Wednesday, April 20, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, Iowa City Hospice, Mercy Iowa City and the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System will serve as local hosts for the Hospice Foundation of America's 12th annual bereavement teleconference, "Living With Grief: Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life," beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Attendees can view the teleconference in three locations in Iowa City, including Braley Auditorium on the lower level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, McAuley I at Mercy Hospital and 3 West 19D at the VA Iowa City Health Care System. Registration for all three sites is available by calling Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767.

The Hospice Foundation of America presents their nationally recognized distance-learning program annually, live via satellite, to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this educational program helps educate health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. It also provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals -- including doctors, nurses, ethicists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors -- to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

Moderator Cokie Roberts, ABC News political commentator and NPR senior news analyst, will lead a panel of noted authorities that includes: Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., College of New Rochelle; Bruce Jennings, senior research scholar, the Hastings Center; Charles Corr, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville; Bernice Harper, Ph.D., board chair and president, Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa; Richard Fife, Ph.D., vice president of Bioethics and Pastoral Care, VITAS Healthcare Corporation; Jack Gordon, chairman and CEO, Hospice Foundation of America; William Lamers, M.D., medical consultant, Hospice of Foundation of America;  Richard Payne, M.D., director, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Joanne Reifsnyder, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

This distinguished panel of ethicists, educators and hospice experts will define, differentiate and demonstrate the interrelationships between values, ethics and law in health care settings, and they will examine how cultural differences may influence ethical choices. In addition, the social perspectives of medical ethics and how various health care settings may influence ethical decisions in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices will be explored.

Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement. This year the program is produced in cooperation with the Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to explore fundamental and emerging questions in health care, biotechnology and the environment.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

NOTE:  News media are encouraged to attend. For more information, and to register, call Mercy On Call 319-358-2767 or toll free 800-358-2767.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.