The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care Hosts A Conversation with the Attorney General: Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

August 28, 2007

The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care in partnership with Maine’s Office of the Attorney General is pleased to host a series of Town Meetings, held in seven different communities across the state beginning on September 20th.

How are we doing? What is missing? What is working well? What conversations do we need to have? Who needs to be involved? Is pain being managed? Are wishes being respected? These questions and others will be the topics for discussion as Attorney General Steve Rowe listens to community members as they share their thoughts. Tapping into the hospice and palliative care expertise in each area, a panel of local resource people will be available to respond to any region-specific questions or concerns. These discussions will be a follow-up, and compliment to, the “Consumer Protection Conference” that was hosted by the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care and the Attorney General in September 2004. Community engagement is a necessary component in developing quality end-of-life care. The Attorney General is interested in what is working well and what might need a course correction.

These Town Hall Meetings are free and open to the public. They are scheduled as follows:

Sept. 20 Androscoggin Bank Colise ( Shipyard Lounge) Lewiston 6:00-8:00pm

Sept. 27 Machias Savings Bank (Community Rm.) Machias 6:00-8:00pm

Oct. 4 Thomas College (Auditorium) Waterville 6:00-8:00pm

Oct. 11 St. Joseph’s Healthcare Park Bangor 6:00-8:00pm

Oct. 18 UME PI Presque Isle 6:00-8:00pm

Oct. 25 Miles Home Health and Hospice (Board Rm.) Damariscotta 6:00-8:00pm

Nov. 1 MMC (Dana Center) Portland 6:00-8:00pm

For more information please call the Council at 626-0651 or check the website www.mainehospicecouncil.org.

Since 1984, the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care has been creating innovation opportunities, fostering collaboration, and serving as convener and educator for end-of-life issues. The Council has been, and remains, the only statewide non-profit devoted solely to improving end of life care in Maine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Donna Jacobs, Office Manager: (207) 626-0651 August 28, 2007