Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY Will Sponsor Regional Perinatal Bereavement Conference in March 2005

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The Good Samaritan Hospital Women’s Health Center is sponsoring the RTS Bereavement Training (formerly known as the Resolve Through Sharing program) conference on March 2, 2005 and March 9, 2005, between the hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm. The two-day training program, held at Good Samaritan Hospital, is designed for healthcare and bereavement professionals of all levels as they seek to learn and enhance their interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills in dealing with families experiencing perinatal loss, including pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn death. This is a unique and valuable opportunity for healthcare and bereavement professionals to learn how to respond to families experiencing such loss.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Women’s Health Center is sponsoring the RTS Bereavement Training (formerly known as the Resolve Through Sharing program) conference on March 2, 2005 and March 9, 2005, between the hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm. The two-day training program, held at Good Samaritan Hospital, is designed for healthcare and bereavement professionals of all levels as they seek to learn and enhance their interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills in dealing with families experiencing perinatal loss, including pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn death.

Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) has provided perinatal bereavement services to patients, families and health care providers for the past 20 years. The RTS Bereavement Training program is especially intended for nurses and health care providers working in labor and delivery units, post partum units, same day surgery, and neonatal units. The training also provides excellent insight for physicians, physician assistants, social workers, ultrasonographers, clergy and chaplains, and funeral directors.

“When a baby dies, it is a unique, lifelong parenting and bereavement experience. The loss is sudden and unexpected; families have no idea what to do or how to feel," said Pam Magi, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator for Good Samaritan Hospital. “It is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to assist parents and families at time of loss. This theoretical and hands-on training program provides a tool kit of information for everyone working in the healthcare arena.”

In addition to hosting this informational conference, Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to announce it has applied to the New York State Nurse’s Association to register this two-day program for 15.3 contact hours, enabling nurses and other heath care practitioners to benefit even more by gaining valuable credits toward their professional certifications.

Attendees of the RTS Bereavement Training conference will learn the History of RTS and the role of Interdisciplinary Teams in dealing with perinatal loss. The coursework covers a wide array of information including how to communicate effectively and compassionately with families, the principles of grief counseling, standards of conduct for dealing with families and how men and women grieve differently. All participants will learn how to discuss the role of interdisciplinary teams with grieving families; how to choose the appropriate interventions when responding to families dealing with pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death; and how to address and counsel children who have been affected by the loss.

In addition to this two-day training seminar, Good Samaritan serves as leader in perinatal medicine by providing year-round GSH Perinatal Bereavement support services in the areas of Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillborn and Neonatal Death, Heartbreaking Choice, Moving forward (Subsequent Pregnancy), Grandparent/ Family/Friends, and Hope and Healing/Pediatric Loss.

The GSH Perinatal Bereavement Program sponsors community-building annual events including “Walk to Remember,” and Holiday Candle Lighting Services. A newsletter, “Hope and Healing” is written by the parents, and published once a year, providing a wonderful source of healing and comfort.

How to Register:

Attendees may register by mail, submitting their contact information (name, address, city, state, zip code, place of employment, profession/department, and telephone number) and a check payable to Good Samaritan Hospital for the registration fee ($50 for GHS employees and $125 for all other participants). Registrations should be sent to Pam Magi, RN, Bereavement Coordinator, Good Samaritan Hospital, 255 Lafayette Ave. (Route 59), Suffern, New York 10901. The registration fee includes the cost of the Bereavement Manual and breakfast on both conference days. Directions to the hospital can be found on GSH’s website, http://www.goodsamhosp.org.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about Bereavement services, or any other program, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

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