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Family Health Notebook

Essentia Health will hold its 2018 CME Fall Conference on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The full-day conference will share best practice strategies and latest innovations to provide comprehensive care for the cardiovascular patient. Content will be especially relevant for cardiology and primary care physicians, advanced practitioners and health care team members. Speakers include 11 Essentia Health physicians who serve patients in the Heart & Vascular Center.

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Essentia Health is offering the public the opportunity to learn more about advance care planning. These classes will help educate people on advance care planning, the kind of care you would want if you became seriously ill or injured or unable to speak for yourself.

“Advance care planning is not simply filling out an advance care directive, it involves talking to patients and their chosen decision-makers, and making sure their goals, values and beliefs become known through a very rich discussion. We then need to ensure these discussions are accurately recorded in the medical record, and that these wishes are followed,” said Dr. Jonathan Sande, an oncologist/hematologist at the Essentia Health Cancer Center in Duluth and the director of Advance Care Planning.

Classes will be held:

St. Mary’s Medical Center Auditorium, 407 E. Third St., 2nd floor
Oct. 2, 2 to 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 6, 4 to 5:00 p.m.

Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic, 4212 Grand Ave.
Jan. 16, 2 to 3:00 p.m.
March 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic
, 4855 W. Arrowhead Road
Feb. 6, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.