Did you know…
- 70% of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70% die in hospitals and institutions
- 90% of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30% have done so.
St. Francis Healthcare System is helping to foster end-of-life conversations.
In collaboration with the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition, St. Francis will present a free screening of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, a documentary that explores the hopes and wishes of patients and families facing terminal illnesses. The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.
The screening will be on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 9 am to 11:30 am at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street, Honolulu. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:30 am. Limited free parking. Please register by Tuesday, June 21, with Felicia Marquez-Wong at FMarquezWong@stfrancishawaii.org
Based on the nationally best-selling book by surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, this film aired nationally on the PBS program, “Frontline,” in February 2015, and continues to inspire positive discussions about end-of-life care. Through stories from patients and families, you’ll see how a medical system focused on a cure often overlooks the need for sensitive, important conversations that reveal a patient’s true end-of-life wishes. You’ll learn how you and your loved ones can take concrete steps to ensure your end-of-life goals and preferences are honored.
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.
Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.