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CMHS to Screen End-of-Life Documentary on April 16

Ventura, California, 04/01/2013

In observance of National Healthcare Decision Day, Community Memorial Health System on April 16 will screen a documentary film examining how 21st century Americans live at the end of their lives.

"Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject," will be shown during a free seminar to be held Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital at 147 Brent St. in Ventura.

Lanyard Dial, M.D., medical director and President/CEO of the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, will lead the discussion following the documentary's screening and answer questions. Advance Directives will be available also.

Dr. Dial received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed his residency at the Ventura County Medical Center's Family Practice Residency Program. He is board-certified in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a member of the medical staff at Community Memorial Hospital.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are required. Call 805-652-5436, or visit

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 12 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.