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Speaking of Being Mortal
September 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A life-changing conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande
Friday, September 18, 2015
5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Ballroom
MNHPC is pleased to present “Speaking of Being Mortal,” a life-changing conversation with best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande, moderated by Minnesota Public Radio’s Cathy Wurzer.
In his best-selling book, Being Mortal, author and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande explores the limitations of health care delivery
and what really matters in end-of-life care. Now he’s bringing his unique perspective to the Twin Cities to help transform the
way we think about and deliver palliative and hospice care.
Dr. Gawande’s bold vision for improving performance in health care has made him one of the most sought-after speakers of
our time, placing him among TIMEmagazine’s 100 most influential thinkers.
In a deeply personal exploration, Dr. Gawande talks about the fact that end-of-life care has shifted from the family home to hospitals and nursing homes — where caregivers are often unequipped and ill prepared to help individuals live a meaningful
life to their last breath.
“Speaking of Being Mortal” is presented by Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care (MNHPC), in celebration of 35
years as a trusted leader and advocate for those living with a serious illness or experiencing the end of life.
Moderating the discussion will be Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Cathy Wurzer, who recently collaborated with Bruce
Kramer on the book We Know How This Ends, a chronicle of Kramer’s experiences living with ALS. Wurzer documented
Bruce Kramer’s journey in a long-running series of interviews aired on the MPR news program,Morning Edition, before
Kramer’s death on March 23, 2015. Copies of We Know How This Ends will be available for purchase, and Cathy will be
signing books after the program.
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