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Addressing Pain & Suffering: A Catholic Approach to Palliative & Hospice Care

February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Catholic Hospice Workshop
Addressing Pain & Suffering
A Catholic Approach to Palliative & Hospice Care

Join us for a thought-provoking evening and the chance to learn about valuable care and resources for your loved ones, your fellow parishioners, or your healthcare patients!

Friday, February 15, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saint Paul’s School
Dining Hall
250 James Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

$15.00 per person* | $20.00 at the door
* plus processing fee

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Approved by the NACC for 2.75 education credits.

Presented by Via Lucis
the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Ministry for Catholic Patients & Families in collaboration with the Dioceses of Camden and Trenton

John Bertagnolli, DO | Keynote Speaker
A recent report, published by a group of physicians and healthcare experts working with the Vatican-based Pontifical Academy for Life, called for global promotion of palliative care.

John Bertagnolli, DO, Samaritan hospice and palliative care physician, will explore how this specialty of advanced medical care can provide pain relief, as well as emotional, spiritual, and social support for patients and families living with serious illness.

As a board-certified physician, associate professor of medicine, humanitarian-mission volunteer, and ordained deacon, Dr. Bertagnolli will offer a Catholic perspective on what palliative care is, what it’s not, how it compares to hospice care, and how the benefits provide a better quality of life throughout the course of illness. Read more about Dr. Bertagnolli >>

Thanks to our sponsors!
Diocese of Trenton
St. John of God Community Services

Panel Discussion
An interdisciplinary panel discussion will follow Dr. Bertagnolli’s presentation. A nurse, social worker, and chaplain − trained in palliative and hospice care – will share information and stories about the way their professions help families ease the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual stresses of serious illness.

Marge McGinley (Panel Facilitator)
Virtua Chaplain; Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Chair of Formation

Colleen Fritsch, MSW, LCSW
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Social Worker

John Posniewski, RN
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Nurse Liaison

Chaplain Betty Warner, BCC, BCCC, CFHPC
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Spiritual Support Counselor

5:00 p.m. – Registration / Buffet Dinner
5:30 p.m. – Blessing
6:15 p.m. – Welcome
6:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – Break
7:45 p.m. – Panel Discussion/Audience Q&A
8:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremony

Workshop Goals
Participants will better understand the differences between palliative care and hospice care.
Participants will better understand the four facets of pain.
Participants will better understand grief and grief indicators.

Education Credits
2.75 Catholic Chaplains Continuing Education Hours
Nursing Continuing Education Pending

Questions? Please contact Christine Corti at 856-552-3258. Thank you!


February 15, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm