Advance Care Planning events in April

Talking about end-of-life issues can be difficult. Most of us would rather put it off, but the best time to do it is now, because it always seems too early, until it’s too late. Join us to hear from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the New York Times best seller, When Breath Becomes Air. She will reflect on their journey as Paul became both a doctor and a patient facing a terminal illness at the age of 36. You’ll come away moved by their story and inspired to explore your own goals in living and dying well. The event, co-sponsored by Vidant Health and Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Advance Care Planning Dinner Presentation
Tuesday, April 25 | 6 – 8 pm
Greenville Convention Center
303 Greenville Boulevard SW
Register online or call toll-free, 855-MyVidant (855-698-4326).

Free bus transportation will be available to the event, leaving from Vidant hospitals in Washington, Kenansville, Tarboro and Ahoskie. Separate registration is required to ride the bus:
Register to ride the bus from Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Washington.
Register to ride the bus from Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Tarboro.
Register to ride the bus from Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie.
Register to ride the bus from Vidant Duplin Hospital, Kenansville. 

Advance Care speaker 2017 

Meet our speaker

Lucy’s husband, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, was chief neurosurgical resident at Stanford University when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 36. A neurosurgeon and a gifted writer, he spent the last two years of his life becoming a father and writing a book. When Breath Becomes Air is a moving memoir of his experience as a doctor facing a terminal illness, the relationship of doctor and patient, and his reflection on the meaning of life and death. It became an instant hit, becoming a #1 New York Times best-seller. Lucy, a Yale-educated physician specializing in internal medicine and innovation in health care at Stanford, shepherded the book through publication after his death and wrote a moving epilogue. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with their daughter. Following the dinner presentation, Lucy will be available for a limited time to autograph the book. Bring your own copy or purchase one at the event.

Have a question for Lucy? Email AdvanceCare@VidantHealth.com, and it may get selected for the event. Ready to document your wishes in an advance directive? After the event, staff and notaries public will be on hand to assist you.

ECU Health Sciences Event

Open to ECU and Vidant faculty, staff and providers
A special session for ECU Health Sciences students and ECU and Vidant faculty, staff and providers, will be held April 25 at noon at ECU Brody Auditorium. Register here.

Advance Care Planning Steps

The process is ideally completed while you are well, and not in a crisis as this allows you to thoughtfully consider your values and treatment preferences, so that these align. If your choices for future health care are known, they can be respected. This guide will walk you through the process of completing your advance care plan, step-by-step.

 

  

Think About

Think about what matters most to you. 

 

  

Talk About

Talk about it with your family, friends and health care provider(s). 

 

  

Put it in Writing

Document your preferences in a legal form. 

 

  

Share

Share Your Advance Directives with your family, friends and health care providers. 

 

  

Review

Review your documents periodically, but at least annually.. 



Download the toolkit   Descargue la guia
 

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for advance care planning, please download this information packet and follow the registration instructions.


Upcoming Events

    • APR25

      Advance Care Planning Dinner Presentation

      April 25, 2017   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Greenville Convention Center, 303 Greenville Boulevard SW, Greenville

      Join us to hear from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the New York Times best seller, When Breath Becomes Air. She will reflect on their journey as Paul became both a doctor and a patient facing a terminal illness at the age of 36. You’ll come away moved by their story and inspired to explore your own goals in living and dying well.  Read more

    • APR28

      Advance Care Planning – The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having

      April 28, 2017   1:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Marion L Shepard Cancer Center – Conference Room, 1209 Brown Street, Washington, NC 27889

      Bringing up end of life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. Yet, having the conversation now, while you are well and not in a crisis, will help ensure that your wishes are honored. Read more

    • MAY02

      Advance Care Planning – The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having

      May 02, 2017   9:00 am - 11:00 am, Vidant Multispecialty Clinic, Brown Conference Room - Tarboro, 101 Clinic Drive, Tarboro, NC 27886

      Bringing up end of life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. Yet, having the conversation now, while you are well and not in a crisis, will help ensure that your wishes are honored. Read more

 

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