Mercy Health Ethicist Joins Doctor, Nurse and Other Experts to Present "Sacred Conversations," a Free Lecture Series on Living and Dying Well

(CINCINNATI; September 29, 2015) – Steven Squires, MEd, MA, PhD, who serves as System Director of Ethics for Mercy Health, has joined with physicians, nurses and other area experts to present “Sacred Conversations,” a free community lecture series on “Being S.M.A.R.T. About Living and Dying Well.”

The series of five lectures takes place Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. starting October 7 in the lower level of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, located at 6474 Beechmont Ave., ZIP 45230. Peter Ruehlman, MD, a doctor with Oncology and Hematology Care, is facilitating the conversations, details of which follow below:

October 7, 2015
Title: Making Decisions: Advance Directives and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
Speakers: Janet Montgomery, BSN, MBA, Chief Marketing Officer Hospice of Cincinnati; Steven J. Squires, MEd, MA, PhD, System Director of Ethics, Mercy Health

October 14, 2015
Title: Right to Die and Ethical Considerations
Speakers: Steven J. Squires, MEd, MA, PhD, System Director of Ethics, Mercy Health; Rev. Karen Geiger-Behm, M. Div., Chaplain Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

October 21, 2015
Title: Hospice 101 and Palliative Care—A doctor’s perspective
Speakers: Janet Montgomery, BSN, MBA, Chief Marketing Officer Hospice of Cincinnati; Steve Robinson, MD, Internal Medicine and Palliative Care Specialist

October 28, 2015
Title: Legal Considerations at End of Life
Speaker: Marilyn Maag, Attorney at Law, Porter-Wright

November 4, 2015
Title: Spiritual Dimension of Death and Dying
Speaker: Rev. Mary Gene Boteler, Interim Pastor, Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based. S.M.A.R.T. goals are used primarily in the business setting for performance reviews. However, they also work in our lives. Physicians and caregivers always find it easier to frame medical interventions from a living will or from a durable power of attorney for health care within the context of wishes and goals.