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Bethel College to host teleconference on pain management at end of life

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College will be one of the local hosts for the Hospice Foundation of America’s 13th annual Living with Grief® teleconference. The teleconference will be held Wednesday, April 5, in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus. Registration begins at noon. The teleconference starts at 12:30 and concludes at 3:00. Following that, staff from Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, the local sponsor of the teleconference, will lead a special 30-minute program at each teleconference site to address questions from the audiences.

Other south central and southeast teleconference sites include Cowley College in Arkansas City, Pittsburg State University, Coffeyville Community College and two Wichita locations, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital and Wesley Medical Center.

Frank Sesno, professor of public policy and communication at George Mason University in Virginia and a special correspondent for CNN, will moderate the teleconference, which also includes eight panelists.

The 2006 teleconference is called "Pain management and the end of life: Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice." It will examine the gap between what is known and how effectively pain is controlled in individuals with terminal conditions. The panel will talk about pharmaceutical, psycho-social, spiritual and complementary aspects of pain management.

The panel’s discussions will look at way in which health-care workers and the general public can work together to improve society’s approach to pain management. The panel includes some of the leading researchers and practitioners currently working in pain management.

Certificates of attendance and continuing education credits are available through Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, with a $15 processing fee at the door. The teleconference is free to anyone not requiring proof of attendance.

The companion book Pain Management at the End of Life: Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Practice (A Living with Grief® Series Book) will also be for sale at a discounted price of $10 (normally $25).

For more information, call Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice at (316) 219-1701 or (316) 219-1793.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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