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Living on Roosevelt Island: What Matters in The End?

Join us for an evening at Coler Hospital - three clinicians will share their diverse clinical experience and the contextual variations in end of life decision making.

How does race, religion, and ability shape the dialogue between clinician and patient?

Theater, music, and sculpture developed through community workshops exploring end of life themes will be showcased alongside the panel.

The residents of Coler Hospital are at the center of the day’s programming because advanced care planning matters to them-given significantly higher mortality rates in long-term care facilities and their voices are central to developing a more inclusive community. Imagine, what can we all learn from voices of Coler residents who’ve confronted the universal fragility of the human body through lifelong disabilities?

The clinicians will discuss What are the challenges and opportunities in providing end of life care in a racially and religiously diverse city? Are nursing home facilities a necessary evil or a place we ought to celebrate when there’s no one to care for us at home? What is a ‘community centered’ approach to end of life care?

Dr. Ravindra Amin is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, who has been Chief of Psychiatry at Coler since 2009. Passionate about the wellbeing of the older people, and with a deep interest in memory disorders and end of life care, he has been a psychiatrist in the nursing homes for 22 years. He trained at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY. He is a faculty at NYU Medical Center, where he mentors geriatric psychiatry fellows.

Robin Rawlins-Duell is a Nurse Practitioner in Supportive Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). She provides palliative management in an outpatient setting while making referrals to hospice when necessary. Death Doula training she received in 2017 from the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) has enriched and informed her practice. Her perspective is the involvement of patients in charting their course with the support of clinicians, family, and community who honor their wishes is key.

Beauty Freemantle is a licensed acupuncturist operating a private practice on Roosevelt Island. After experiencing the traumatic transition of her mother due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and assuming primary health care responsibility for her paraplegic father, she felt compelled to answer a life-long calling of serving and assisting others toward their individual quest towards wellness. She currently holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and received a Psychology B.A. from the City College of New York.

Mary Schoen will moderate. Mary is a nurse practitioner on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Supportive Care service. She joined MSKCC in 1998 as a case manager, was one of the first Nurse Practitioners to work in the NP-led Survivorship program and ran an independent prostate cancer active surveillance clinic which included performing prostate biopsies before transitioning to palliative medicine in 2017. "The most meaningful aspect of Supportive Care is the privilege of working with seriously ill patients and being able to provide them with some type of relief for their pain and suffering."

This program is the first in a series of events organized by WordToRI for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic calendar.

All of the creative arts workshops are being held in wheelchair accessible locations. The final event will be held at Coler Hospital Canteen to ensure access to hospital-bound patients.

Talk, Panel, & Conversation Music & Sound Performance Visual Art