2011-02-11 / Community

PHC Auxiliary Welcomes Guest Speaker


Pictured, left to right, Theresa Zuccaro, Roz Eisenstadt, Mickey Sanger (back), Martin A. Grossman, M.D., Sheila Schwartz, president (front), Ann Marie McNerney (back), Barbara Lachner (back), Lois Baratz (front), Joan Coogan, Sally Imperato, Mary Munns and Anne Sash. Pictured, left to right, Theresa Zuccaro, Roz Eisenstadt, Mickey Sanger (back), Martin A. Grossman, M.D., Sheila Schwartz, president (front), Ann Marie McNerney (back), Barbara Lachner (back), Lois Baratz (front), Joan Coogan, Sally Imperato, Mary Munns and Anne Sash. Members of the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary welcomed Martin A. Grossman, M.D., Peninsula Hospital Center’s Director of Medicine and Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, as their guest speaker at the February meeting.

Dr. Grossman spoke about the recent New York Palliative Care Information Act. This recent act requires that physicians who treat patients with a terminal illness or condition must offer patients or their representatives information about prognosis and options for end-of-life care, including aggressive pain management and hospice care as well as the possibilities for further lifesustaining treatment. Dr. Grossman also responded to many pertinent questions from the group concerning Health Care Proxy, Palliative Care and Hospice Care.

Martin A. Grossman, M.D., ABIM Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is in charge of Peninsula Hospital Center’s 14-bed Butterflies by the Sea, Eisenstadt Hospice Care Unit located on its own 4th Floor wing of the Hospital Center. The Hospital Center now collaborates with three hospice care agencies: Hospice Care Network, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Metropolitan Jewish Hospice, to provide hospice care services to the Greater New York area.

The PHC Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of each month for a luncheon in the Meditation Room of Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, at 12 noon. Informative speakers are always featured along with other Auxiliary activities. Sheila Schwartz, Auxiliary president, reminds everyone that they are invited to join, make new friends and participate in the Auxiliary events.

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