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Award-Winning Director to Headline Powerful Workshops on Caregiving and End-of-Life Issues

Nov. 14 event by Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice will mark  National Hospice Month & first anniversary of The Samaritan Center at Voorhees —South Jersey’s first freestanding inpatient hospice center

 Marlton, NJ – Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice has announced an Open House and a day of educational workshops to celebrate National Hospice Awareness Month and The Samaritan Center at Voorhees’ first anniversary, to be held at The Center on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This event, which is open to the public, will feature tours of The Samaritan Center at Voorhees, refreshments, and eye-opening educational workshops about the importance of conversations about end-of-life concerns, advance care planning, care giving for your loved ones, and caregiver burnout and self-care.

Highlights of the event:

  • A sneak-peek screening of the documentary “Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain,” scheduled to air on PBS in December, followed by a discussion with the film’s director and co-producer, Vic Compher. The film features members of Samaritan’s staff, along with professional caregivers from a variety of first-responder- and service professions.
  • “Caring for Your Loved One: Practical Tips from a Pro” – workshop by Eva Russell, Samaritan’s director of clinical support, includes helpful how-to’s on caregiver self-care, bathing the bed-bound, mouth care, and more.
  • Timely Conversations: Questions to Ask Your Doctor” – workshop by Dr. Stephen Goldfine, Samaritan’s chief medical officer, leads an empowering discussion of questions to discuss with your primary care physicians and specialists at all stages of health and illness.
  • Screening of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal.” Based on the national best-selling book by Atul Gawande, this film and discussion explores what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions.

Visitors can also view a new exhibit by local artists, Mixed Times Six, and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day.

“We are excited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Samaritan Center at Voorhees, a vital community resource for those requiring the inpatient level of hospice care, and honor National Hospice Awareness Month by offering a day of educational workshops for the community,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan president/CEO. “This event highlights The Center as a resource, and gives both community members and professionals the opportunity to think and talk about their end-of-life healthcare wishes while learning valuable caregiving skills.”

The Samaritan Center at Voorhees, the first freestanding inpatient hospice center in Southern New Jersey, is especially designed for short stays at the inpatient level of hospice care as set forth in Medicare’s admission criteria. Inpatient hospice care is appropriate when severe pain or other symptoms require an advanced level of care that is more effectively provided outside the home. The Center features 18 private rooms, a meditation room, a counseling room, art exhibitions, and more. The Center is located at 265 Route 73 South, Voorhees, N.J.

For more information, or for a full schedule of events, visit https://www.samaritannj.org/news-events/hospice-events or contact Christine Corti at 856-552-3258 or ccorti@samaritannj.org.

About Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, independent organization locally founded in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1980. Samaritan is the regional leader for hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, grief support and counseling, end-of-life education, and advocacy. Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief in their homes, assisted-living, or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers: The Samaritan Center at Mt. Holly and The Samaritan Center at Voorhees. Two thrift shops, in Westmont and Pitman, support Samaritan services and programs.  Samaritan is accredited by The Joint Commission, a member of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, and a four-star-level hospice in NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program, created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more information, visit www.SamaritanNJ.org

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