Being Mortal : Free event to discuss bestselling book about end of life care

YORK – On August 23, at 11:30 a.m., the York Country Health Coalition End of Life Partnership and Kilgore Memorial Library are holding a special community book discussion on Atul Gawande’s bestseller “Being Mortal.”

Described as a “book that has the potential to chance medicine – and lives,” “Being Mortal” dives into the hard truths of end of life care and the role medicine should and shouldn’t play within aging and death. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, presents eye opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and families to discuss the struggles of his own profession and what can be done better in the treatment of those in hospice care.

The book discussion will be held at Kilgore Memorial Library and will include an expert panel of Dr. Darrell Loschen, Janice Cunningham, APRN, Director of Social Services at York General Hospital Rita Maloley, MSW, and Assistant Administrator for Tabitha Kyle Stroh.

Other end of Life Partnership health professionals will be in attendance and offer insights throughout the conversation. Lunch will be provided during a special video interview with the author.

Anyone interested in a discussion of this book, or the topic it covers for “What Matters in the End” is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event will end with a question and answer session with the expert panel—a great opportunity for community members to learn more about end of life care.

“We are so happy to provide an opportunity to the community to discuss this important topic,” said Kilgore Library Director Deb Robertson. “Partnering with professional organizations like the End of Life Partnership for community programming is always exciting for the library.”

This event is free but RSVPs are encouraged at kilgore@cityofyork.net or by calling 402-363-2626.

For more information, contact Deb Robertson at 402-363-2626 or Rita Maloley at 402-362-0440.