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Hospice That Feels Like Home

Every Wednesday evening, Richard and Rita Kauffman donate their time, skills and personalities to Hospice House, one of the Midwest’s “homelike” hospice programs for patients in their last months or days of life. The nonprofit aims to help seriously ill individuals of all ages experience nursing care in familiar surroundings. The one-story house, located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, is furnished with overstuffed chairs, […]

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Talking About Death

Medical Societies Spearhead End Of Life Care This piece was first published in Chicago Medicine (page 18-19). LMM President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. Bernard “Bud” Hammes, PhD, has spent a lot of time on the phone lately. The balding, spectacled but tireless medical ethicist for La Crosse, Wisconsin, Gundersen Health System has been enthusiastically fielding […]

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Consider The Conversation 2: Physicians Warn Against Futile Care At End Of Life

Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief and Comfort warns doctors, patients and families of the physical and emotional harm caused by aggressive, often unnecessary, end of life treatments. The documentary, produced by Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal, offers inspiring stories from seriously ill patients and practical advice from medical experts. The failure of […]

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Respecting Choices: Financial Facts And Figures

This piece was first published in Voices in Bioethics. LMM President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. Respecting Choices, an advance care planning program developed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin’s Gundersen Health System and highlighted in a previous column, engages patients in informed discussions about end-of-life decision-making. Its aim is the establishment of effective systems that allow individuals […]

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