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Planning for the Future – Making Your Wishes Known

Free series, Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer, supports cancer survivors, patients

July 6, 2011

Community members can learn, from the comfort of their homes or offices, about advance care planning and how to communicate care goals and wishes for the future at 1 p.m. ET on July 21. To register for the free one-hour educational event, call 800-278-7837.

Planning for the Future – Making Your Wishes Known is part of the Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer dial-up seminar series. Participants listen to medical experts via phone, view presentations on their computers and have an opportunity to ask questions.

The July seminar will cover:

  • Advanced care planning – what it is, who needs it and how to begin
  • Tools for advance care planning
  • Matching your care to your goals – a brief look at palliative care and hospice

Co-presenter Tammy Bhang, ARNP, works at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., in Palliative Medicine Service. With her knowledge, experience and background in hospice and palliative care, Tammy offers patients and family members a wide range of information and guidelines for making advance care planning decisions. She has a master of nursing degree from the University of Washington and a post-master’s certificate in hospice and palliative care.

Co-presenter Christine Cofer, MD, provides inpatient palliative medicine consultation in Franciscan Health System hospitals and cares for patients at the end of life at Franciscan Hospice House, a free-standing inpatient hospice unit. Dr. Cofer obtained her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency in internal medicine and subspecialty fellowship training in palliative medicine at the University of Washington.
“The Strong and Smart series is a resource for cancer survivors, patients and their families,” said Deirdre Cahill, Saint Clare’s Health System oncology services director. “The topics are specific to issues they are facing, and they can ask questions of an expert. They may also connect with others facing the same challenges, and they can do it all without leaving home.”

The Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer dial-up seminar series is presented by Saint Clare’s Health System. This education series is offered in collaboration with other Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals. A goal of the series is to make education and information more readily available to a greater number of cancer patients in our community.

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.  For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

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