Published on October 30, 2017

Reading Hospital to Hold Movie Screening of 'Defining Hope" and Discussion About Palliative Care on November 1

Reading Hospital will kick off National Hospice and Palliative Care Month on Wednesday, November 1 with a free, one-night screening of the documentary "Defining Hope" for local healthcare professionals. The event will include a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m., a screening of the movie from 7 to 8:15 p.m., and a panel discussion with palliative care specialists from 8:15 to 9 p.m. The event will take place in Thun/Janssen Auditorium at Reading Hospital.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event or to discuss palliative care and end-of-life issues with Reading Hospital professionals before the event.

"Defining Hope" follows eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them to make critical choices along the way as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living. Through the stories of patients, families, nurses and healthcare professionals, the conversation around quality end-of-life care is brought to the forefront.

The panel discussion will include Vinti Shah, DO, Chief, Section of Palliative Medicine, Reading Hospital, and Debra Stavarski, PhD, Director, Nursing Research/Council Facilitator, Reading Hospital.

Reading Hospital designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing the evaluation.

To learn more about the film, visit Watch the movie's trailer, and click here to register for the Reading Hospital event.