A Good Day to Die

Oct 22, 2013

A California actress—but Roanoke native—is using her hometown and surrounding areas to shoot her next film, called A Good Day to Die, about end-of life planning. 

For more information about the October 24th End Of Life panel, or about the A Good Day to Die film project, click here.

World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2013

Oct 10, 2013

Saturday, October 12, those involved in the hospice movement celebrate World Hospice Day, a time to talk about comfort and quality of life in a person’s final days. 

Hospice is not a place—it’s not about buildings and bends, but rather attitudes and philosophies.  There are about 120- licensed hospices in Virginia, providing end of life care.

High Tech Mannequins Train Nursing Students

Jul 30, 2013

This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients.  More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.  

Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.  She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people a year die as a result of hospital errors.