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Monday, April 20, 2015

Being Mortal

At our most recent Board meeting, all Board members and administration
were asked to read "Being Mortal" by Atul Gwande, MD.  The book was an
easy read and everyone enjoyed it.  It was somewhat depressing in that it
focused on aging and dying, but the discussion was extremely beneficial
and most useful for the management team in addressing both issues.  I
would highly recommend the book, especially if you have aging parents and
are trying to figure out how to best work with them during these
challenging years. There is also a link to Dr. Gwande's PBS Special on
Being Mortal that focused on the aspects of his book associated with
dying.  It too is worth watching.  We had lots of great ideas come out of
our Board discussions.  We have our work cut out for us, but both are
critical aspects of the care delivery model, which we are continually
assessing for change.

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