Palliative care expert joins Providence Health & Services

Dr. Ira Byock

One of the nation’s foremost experts in palliative care and a leading advocate for transforming care through the end of life is joining Providence Health & Services to lead its new Institute for Human Caring.

Dr. Ira Byock, the former director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and author of “The Four Things That Matter Most,” “Dying Well” and “The Best Care Possible,” will serve as chief medical officer of the institute, which will further Providence’s longstanding commitment to providing “whole person” care. Providence, the third largest not-for-profit health system in the country, is widely recognized for its premier hospice and palliative care programs across the West Coast.

“Providence lives its values every day and genuinely delivers on its commitment to patient-centered, family care,” Dr. Byock said. “I was attracted to this role because of Providence’s core values, mission, vision, reputation for quality, geographic impact, and quite frankly, gumption — all of which are vital elements to leading a national revolution around whole person care.” 


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REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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  • Saturday, December 20

    St. Margaret's Center Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Morningside High School (Cafeteria), 10500 S. Yukon Ave, Inglewood. St. Margaret's Center, Inglewood School District, Doorking, Inc., and Centinela Hospital Medical Staff invite you to join them as they create a holiday wonderland with Christmas surprises for more than 1,000 poverty-level children and their parents. (310) 672-2208. Click here for more information.

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Retreat House, 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino. A concert by Valyermo Dancers & Co., choreographed by John West. $15. Contact Sr. Deborah for more info, (818) 784-4515.

    Christmas Dinner Dance, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 21433 Strathern St, Canoga Park. Tickets, $28. (818) 371-0473.

    Las Posadas, 7 p.m., Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 600 W Mariposa St, Altadena. Posadas means “the inns” or “the shelters” in Spanish. A religious and social celebration, Las Posadas commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. We invite you to join us in a one-day celebration of this tradition. (626) 794-2046.

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