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Holiday Memorial Doves

As you plan your holiday celebrations, please consider joining Family Hospice in this long-standing Holiday Memorial Dove Tree tradition.

With your gift of $35, your loved one’s name will be inscribed on a dove that can be displayed at one of our participating facilities. For more details, click here.   

We are pleased to offer a limited edition, 3.5x4 metal silver dove ornament created by Wendell August Forge. For $150, your loved one’s name (15 characters or less) can be engraved on this ornament and hung in either of our inpatient units.  Following the holidays, metal ornaments will be sent to your home.

For more information or to order, click here. If you have questions or would like to place an order by phone, please contact Dianne Whetsell, Special Events Coordinator at 412-572-8874 or whetselld@upmc.edu.


Meet Hank Dunn, author of "Hard Choices For Loving People"

There will be one presentation for the general community, and one geared toward healthcare professionals.  But everyone is welcome to attend whatever event works best with their schedules.

(For General Community)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bower Hill Community Church, Fellowship Hall
70 Moffett Street
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243

Hard Choices For Loving People

Come hear healthcare chaplain Hank Dunn guide us through his book, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures and the Patient with a Serious Illness. More than 3.5 million copies of this book have been sold. It is being used in more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, hospice programs and faith communities nationwide.

Chaplain Dunn will provide practical suggestions on making medical treatment decisions about things like CPR and feeding tubes and help you to prepare for a peaceful end.

This event includes light refreshments, a free copy of his book and an opportunity to have it signed, his presentation and Q&A.




(For Healthcare Professionals)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 am
Kearns Spirituality Center, Divine Providence
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Allison Park, PA 15101

Helping Patients and Families with End-of-Life Decisions

Healthcare professionals have a unique role in helping people make decisions that affect whether or not a patient has a peaceful death. Come hear chaplain Hank Dunn guide us through his book, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures and the Patient with a Serious Illness. Chaplain Dunn will offer practical suggestions on how a healthcare professional can help people make these crucial decisions.

Event includes continental breakfast, a free copy of his book and an opportunity to have it signed, his presentation and Q&A.

Please RSVP to either event to Helen Stickney by Nov. 4th at 412-572-8457 or stickneyhe@upmc.edu                                  

Presentation made possible with a generous grant from the:




Attend the Second Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium in Altoona - Thursday, November 7

​Join Family Hospice and the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute for the second annual Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium. This year's theme is community care models and interventions.

This dynamic learning opportunity includes five continuing education unit (CEU) credits for physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and nurses.

Presenters will discuss programs offered to hospice and palliative care patients that expand outside the scope of traditional treatment models for patients in their home. Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • Hospice care in long-term care environments
  • Medical decision making as it relates to advanced illness
  • Expanded access to care
  • The handling of difficult conversations with patients and families

Presenters include:

  • Robert Arnold, MD, medical director, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
  • Alexander Nesbitt, MD, medical director, UPMC Susquehanna Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Amy Swindell, MD, lead medical director, Family Hospice

Attend the symposium on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Altoona Grand Hotel and Conference Center.

This is an excellent educational opportunity for physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, and masters in social work. More details and registration information will be available in the coming weeks. 



How to Start the Discussion About End-of-Life Care

Just Talk About It: view these :60-second videos, which serve as perfect conversation starters on various end-of-life care topics.




Family Hospice provides speakers to clubs, organizations, faith groups, senior communities, health professionals, and students, at no cost.  This program is made possible through a generous grant from the McElhattan Foundation.  Click here for a brochure. 

To schedule a speaker or for more information, please call 412-572-8800.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • "Conversation Ready": How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider About Complex Medical Issues
  • Financial Planning
  • Aging In Place
  • Ethics, Medical Marijuana and Serious Illness
  • Living And Aging Well
  • Fact or Fiction: Dispelling the Myths of Hospice
  • "Ask The Expert" Panel