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June 9, 2021
6:30 PM
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Begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp
Online Event -
Free; Advance Registration at
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Advance Care Planning: A Medical Perspective

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Attorneys help people create important documents like Power of Attorney, Advance Directives and Living Wills. However, the reality in a hospital or an Emergency Room can be quite different. Health conditions frequently result in significant grey areas that legal documents cannot anticipate. It’s left for families and medical professionals to explore a patient’s wishes, intentions and life goals. This free online workshop will discuss issues from a medical perspective. Presenter is Glenda Shepard, ARNP, specializing in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at CHI Franciscan. Ample time for questions will be provided.

Workshop Discusses Health Care Planning from a Medical Perspective

Attorneys speak of Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives and Living Wills.  Time and again people of all ages are encouraged to have these documents in place.  However, in a health care setting like a hospital or an Emergency Department, these legal documents can fall short – sometimes drastically.

“Advance Care Planning: A Medical Perspective” examines a variety of health conditions encountered in a medical setting and how legal documents and preparations can fail to express adequate patient direction.  Attorneys involved in creating these important documents typically do not have clinical experience to consider all the contingencies.

This free presentation will be held online once in June:
· June 9 at 6:30 p.m.  Register online at 
Join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 941 8679 8914

“While we cannot stress enough the need for critical legal documents, there is so much more to it,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “It is advantageous for individuals to consider their wishes - from both a legal and a medical point of view.  Their healthcare provider can be a helpful resource.”

It is not that these legal documents are not valuable.  Rather, we all have to realize their limitations.  Many medical conditions do not fit easily into the cut-and-dried categories that they often utilize.  That can leave it to patients (if they are able), spouses, children and other family members to discuss with healthcare providers what a person’s true intentions and wishes would be under current circumstances.

“Advance Care Planning: A Medical Perspective” will be presented by Glenda Shepard, ARNP, specializing in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at CHI Franciscan.  She graduated with honors from Seattle Pacific University in 2011 and has more than 10 years of clinical experience.  She is currently affiliated with St Clare Hospital and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the Franciscan Medical Group.  The event is free for all ages.  Advance registration is required either online or by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.