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News Alert ~ Media Invitation      

Ventura, California, 04/10/2015

Community Memorial Health System would like to invite members of the media to attend and cover a timely presentation being held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Museum of Ventura County in Ventura.

The Ethics in Healthcare panel discussion, called “Is Death Ever the Best Treatment? A conversation on the pros and cons of physician-assisted suicide,” is being held in recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16 (visit and to learn more) and follows the introduction of Senate Bill 128, which would legalize aid-in-dying in California if passed. SB 128, called the “death with dignity” bill, was prompted by the high-profile death in November 2014 of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California woman who moved to Oregon after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Oregon and four other states allow the terminally ill to end their lives through doctor-assisted suicide, while California currently does not.

Please join CMHS for a discussion and dialogue about the pros and cons of physician-assisted suicide. Speakers will include Jim Hornstein, M.D., CMHS’s Chair of the Bioethics Committee; William Rajala, M.D., an internist and medical director of Assisted Home Hospice; and Debbie Weinstein, an emergency medical specialist and volunteer for Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization that offers free consultation, planning resources and guidance to patients considering ending their lives. This seminar is part of CMHS’s Speaker Series.