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Palliative Care

Presented by: Dr. Ric Baxter

Friday, September 29, 9:00am-Noon
Saal, Bahnson Center
Contact Hours: 2.0
Streaming video will be available


This year’s Chaplaincy Lecture on palliative care is in two parts.


Part I, The Art of Racing in the Rain, explores hospice and palliative care as considered in recent literature with a focus on an interdisciplinary approach to care for seriously ill individuals. 


Part II, Suffering – it is not just a physical event! Dr. Baxter considers the concept of total pain as described by Dame Cicely Saunders, with an emphasis on spiritual suffering and existential distress. 

Dr. RIC BAXTER, Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine/Palliative Care at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, serves as Program Director for the Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship in St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Baxter graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1978 and completed his residency in family medicine at The Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has additional training in mind/body medicine through Mind/Body Institute of Harvard Medical School through the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and in Acupuncture for Physicians through The Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco. Dr. Baxter is a recipient of the Nancy Bohnet Award for Excellence, a lifetime achievement award from the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network. 


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