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Episode 162 – End of Life Care

Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie June 17, 2023 1457 1

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End of Life Care – On Saturday, June 17, our host Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie spoke with Dr. John Travaline about the importance of continuous communication among the patient, the family and the physician to maximize the comfort and support offered to the dying patient, along with loved ones, when the time draws near. Planning for our final days is a task that can be hard to face. EOL care is complex, emotionally challenging and unique for each person. Death can arrive suddenly or a person may linger in a near-death state for days or weeks. Dr. John Travaline is a specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care at Temple University Hospital and sees elderly patients with chronic conditions. 

Meet Our Guest:

John M. Travaline, MD

Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Temple University
Director, Pulmonary Procedure Unit

Temple University Hospital

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Stephanie has been a leader in Behavioral Healthcare for over 5 years. Stephanie graduated from Temple University in 2018 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration. While in graduate school, Stephanie spent her internship working with those suffering with Mental Health-related conditions. Her professional career began in 2014 as a Recovery Support Specialist at a large Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. She quickly advanced to a Primary Therapist upon completion of her MSW program and joined Recovery Centers of America in 2018. Stephanie quickly transitioned into the role of Clinical Supervisor overseeing the young adult male program and later transitioned to the female neighborhood. During this time, Stephanie assisted in the development of the female Trauma Program, Breaking Free, as well as many other specialized programs offered at Devon.

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