18th Annual Pediatric Luncheon To Benefit Seriously Ill And Grieving Children Served By Providence Hospice Of Seattle
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Pediatric luncheon to raise funds to help seriously ill and grieving children get the care they deserve, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (OPENPRESS) Dr. Brian Wong, a nationally recognized healthcare consultant, author and the first medical director of Providence Hospice of Seattle, will be the keynote speaker at Providence Hospice of Seattle's 18th annual Pediatric Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The luncheon raises funds to help seriously ill and grieving children get the care they deserve, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Dr. Wong will talk on the subject: "When a cure is not possible, healing matters most."
"I will be drawing a distinction between a cure and healing," he said. "Modern American healthcare has an obsession with cure and not with healing, which is where I think hospice excels."
How does one heal if no cure is possible? "By answering the question, `what really matters?'" Dr. Wong said. "It's been the central theme of my work for the last 15 years. It all began with my interest in and work with hospice."
With a career as a practicing family physician, physician executive, trustee, consultant, coach, author and culture change expert, Dr. Wong has spent the past 15 years traveling the country in search of answers to two questions:
1. What matters most?
2. Who do you trust?
Dr. Wong's research has included interactions with more than 5,000 physicians and 25,000 patients in all 50 states. The answers speak to the essence of why Providence Hospice of Seattle's children's programs provide such extraordinary value to children and their families at the most critical and vulnerable stage in their lives - when they are facing their own terminal or serious illness or grieving the death of a parent.
Dr. Wong will share his findings with the hospice community, connect his conclusions to the "secret sauce" of Providence Hospice of Seattle's pediatric programs, and inspire donors to support the non-profit organization's worthy cause.
"Now I have a chance to share my research and link it to the soul of the work of hospice," he said. "When I was a hospice physician I would get referrals from renowned physicians in the local community and they'd all say, `there's nothing more I can do, so it's time for hospice.' I found it odd that my work began when they felt they had nothing more to offer. That's where I saw the distinction between curing and healing. It was helping people find closure, to make peace with themselves, their family members and others as they were beginning to confront their own mortality and seek closure. In doing this successfully, there was a calm that sometimes only comes when you know you've been healed."
Allan and Ashley Fee, personalities from Warm 106.9 radio, will emcee the luncheon. Proceeds will benefit Providence Hospice of Seattle's children's hospice and palliative care program and children's grief support program.
Doors open for the event at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins promptly at noon at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, in Seattle. Participants will not be charged for lunch, but a $150 donation is requested.
About Providence Hospice of Seattle: Founded in 1975, Providence Hospice of Seattle is a recognized leader in the community for providing innovative services and compassionate end-of-life care for adults and children living with a life-limiting illness throughout King County. The trained and dedicated staff offer medical expertise, emotional and spiritual support, and promote informed choices, comfort, management of symptoms, and quality of life. Hospice services are provided wherever the patient resides. Community grief support services for adults and children are also available. More information is available at www.providence.org/hospiceofseattle.