Center for Communication in Medicine founders participate in Forum at Manchester Community Library

April 15, 2015

Center for Communication in Medicine founders psychologist Dr. Bernard Bandman and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman joined radiation oncologist Dr. Matthew Vernon and a cancer survivor in a panel discussion following the viewing of excerpts from the documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Community members then participated in a dynamic conversation about cancer and […]


Vermont Country Store issues Challenge Grant

December 1, 2014

The Vermont Country Store gave a strong vote of confidence in our Speak Sooner initiative by supporting a challenge grant for expanding programs using the Difficult Conversations Toolkit at Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC). Dr. Allan D. Eisemann, Medical Director of, RRMC’s Cancer Center/ Palliative Care/Hospice tells us, “Each workbook chapter opens doors for better […]


“Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: getting patients, families and doctors on the same page” Presentation and Panel Discussion at Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT

October 23, 2014

We all came together on a rainy blustery evening at Burr and Burton Academy to learn more about Speak Sooner – an initiative of the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM). We had a vibrant panel representing many walks of life – patient, doctor, family member, spiritual advisor, psychologist and medical humanist – showing we […]


SpeakSooner Receives $2000 Gift from Juliana Centner Memorial Fund

December 15, 2013

In December we were honored to receive a gift of $2000 from the Juliana Centner Memorial Fund, earmarked to support community education programs under the auspices of our SpeakSooner initiative. Juliana was not only a beloved friend but also worked an educator in Vermont and believed in self-empowerment. Her gift will help us to ensure […]


Difficult Conversations Pilot Program Launched at RRMC

November 29, 2013

In November we launched a pilot program to explore how to most effectively implement our Difficult Conversations workbook and video in an institutional context. In the pilot program the toolkit is being introduced to patients and their family members by doctors, nurses and social workers at RutlandRegionalMedicalCenter’s cancer center, in-patient palliative care service and VNA/Hospice.