Public invited to health panel on end-of-life issues
Rachel Hollen wants to educate local patients and their families about the importance of end-of-life planning.
Hollen, a registered nurse for Promise Care Hospice, is hosting a free, open-to-the-public health panel at noon Wednesday at BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway.
The panel will feature three local internal medicine doctors Dr. Rosemary Bellino, Dr. Brian Birdwell and Dr. Steve Egwuonwu as well as Hollen, a hospice patient, and several of the patient's family members.
Hollen received a grant for the event from Hospice Foundation of America, and the event sponsors are Promise Care Hospice and BrookRidge Retirement Community.
As a field registered nurse, Hollen travels to her patients to provide health care, and she speaks with them about end-of-life planning.
She has also given various educational presentations at local hospitals and cancer centers.
Hollen said the purpose of the panel discussion is to educate the public not only about hospice and the levels of care available in the community but also about advance directives, end-of-life planning and other topics.