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Lutheran Hospital Teams with Local Organizations to Offer Training on Cultural Concerns for End of Life

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013) – Lutheran Hospital’s bereavement program, known as Lutheran LIGHT, has aligned with Visiting Nurse and the Fort Wayne Multicultural Council to provide training this Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for healthcare providers who deal with multicultural issues at the end of life. Lutheran LIGHT, comprised primarily of medical surgical care nurses, organizes an annual conference focusing on various elements of caring with compassion.

The conference will address the healthcare provider’s role in caring for the multicultural or religious patient and his or her family, how to support the family of different cultures or religious groups during the end-of-life process and overall nursing care for various faiths and cultures. It will take place at Lutheran Hospital’s Kachmann Auditorium, located on the lower level of Medical Office Building Two.

Media may cover any portion of the seminar, but an ideal time would be during the panel discussion which will begin at 10:15 a.m. Representatives from various cultures and faiths will participate in this discussion.

Panelists include: Ahmed, Abdelmageed, PhrmD, Manchester University; Imam Nuhu (Noah) Abdulla, Universal Education Foundation of Fort Wayne; Liliane Carroll, Visiting Nurse; Rabbi Javier Cattapan, Achduth Vesholom; Fr. Peter Dee Dee, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Ven Kuthala, Jetawan Burmese Buddhist Temple; Saneta Maiko, PhD, Crime Victim Care of Allen County; Deborah McMahan, MD, Allen County Department of Health; Ramesh Narang, PhD, IPFW, Fort Wayne Bhajan Society; Rev. Leo Pech, Whitewater Presbytery Hispanic Ministries; Rev. Christopher Riley, Gomez Temple AME Church; Melissa Rinehart, PhD, Community Action of Northeast Indiana; Mastora Bakhiet, Darfur Women Network.

Cultural Anthropologist Melissa Rinehart, PhD, will discuss the many cultures of Fort Wayne at 7:45 a.m. Tony Blacketer, minister and chairman of the Indianapolis Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah’s Witnesses, will address the Jehovah’s Witness religion and its ethical positions on medical care at 8:15 a.m. Next, Jim Cates, PhD, ABPP, will discuss end-of-life issues and the older order Amish at 9:15 a.m.


 


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