USCB, Friends of Caroline Hospice team up for palliative care event

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Representatives of the University of South Carolina Beaufort administration and faculty will join in an examination of palliative care when the Friends of Caroline Hospice presents a lecture and panel discussion entitled, “An Evening with Friends: The Emerging Art, Science and Beauty of Palliative Care,” beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the USCB Center for the Arts.

The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m., followed by a TED-style talk by Dr. Robert LeFavi, dean of USCB’s Beaufort Campus, entitled, “A Special Occasion: What The Dying Tell Us About Living.” 

Dr. LeFavi earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education at the University of Florida in 1983, a Ph.D. at Auburn University in 1991, and a D.Min. at the University of the South in 2006. 

His academic interests encompass palliative care, health promotion and wellness, and fitness and health care administration. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses, he has published more than 725 articles in the popular press on topics ranging from biomechanics to health science to palliative care. He has also published scholarly papers or presented his findings on more than 60 research projects in scientific journals and at conferences focusing on nutritional science, experimental biology and spiritual health.

“I’m excited to be part of this important event,” Dr. LeFavi said, “and to share my experiences interviewing the dying over a 25-year period. I consider what the dying have to tell us about living a gift that can change one’s life.”

Dr. LeFavi’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on advances in palliative care. Those who attend will benefit by gaining a better understanding of how they can engage hospice services if the need should arise. The panel experts are: 

  • Lindsay Roberg, BSN, RN, CHPN, executive director, Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Gordon Kreuger, M.D., medical director, Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Summer Roberts, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and gerontology coordinator, USCB
  • Eileen Filan, RN, clinical coordinator, Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Steve Scudder, M.Div., coordinator of support services, Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Robert LeFavi, Ph.D., D.Min., Dean of USCB’s Beaufort Campus

For more information about the event, contact the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., or call 843-521-4100.

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