Exclusive Screening of “DAD” – A Tribute to Gary David Goldberg

September 27, 2017 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will host a special screening of “DAD”, Gary David Goldberg’s critically acclaimed film, on Saturday, November 4 at 7 PM at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, in Bennington, Vermont.

The 1989 film stars Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis and Ethan Hawke. Watch the trailer for this heartwarming film here.

Goldberg wrote and directed this story of a family facing the realities of aging parents with sensitivity and humor. He was also an active proponent of the CCM’s programs to improve communication between patients, loved ones and their healthcare providers.

Gary served on the Center for Communication in Medicine’s Board for many years and passed away in 2013. The event will be a tribute to his kind and generous spirit. There will be a Q & A following the screening.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25.00 and include a dessert reception. This is the second in CCM’s film series and the last event was sold out so reserve your tickets now. All proceeds will benefit SpeakSoonerTM Community Education Programs .

To reserve tickets click here visit our website or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564.


CCM to present at Vermont Center for Independent Living

June 21, 2017 by celia

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman for a program, “How To Improve Communication with Doctors”. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, Vermont from 1-3pm. The program is free and open to the public.

SpeakSooner programs introduce the Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients and families identify and communicate questions and concerns about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs – beginning sooner in the course of illness.

An attendee at a recent program said, “CCM offers the community a priceless gift. There is an overwhelming need and thirst for your expertise.” Patients, families and healthcare providers are invited.


CCM at Stanford Medicine

May 24, 2017 by celia

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Bennington, Vermont-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will partner with Stanford Medicine Palliative Care to present “Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: We’re Stronger Together – Getting Patients, Families and Doctors on the Same Page” at the Stanford Health Library at Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA. Free and open to the public.

This will be Stanford Medicine Palliative Care’s first community education program with CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman. A panel of experts will discuss challenges of healthcare communication and how to become an active partner in decisions about care. There will be a question and answer session.     

The aim of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative is to help patients and their caregivers prepare to initiate open and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs. The program will introduce The Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients identify concerns and ask timely questions, prompting meaningful communication sooner in the course of illness.

Space is limited.  RSVPs are not required, but encouraged. Contact Tayler Kiss-Lane email: taylerkl@stanford.edu phone: 650-736-8671. To learn more click HERE .


CCM on WNYT

March 8, 2017 by celia

WNYT Channel 13’s news anchor and health reporter, Benita Zahn, recently visited Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to talk with co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman and patient Kiki Smith. The interview covered a wide range of subjects including barriers to doctor-patient communication, use of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and how SpeakSooner Community Programs have prepared patients and families to be more effective communicators.

To learn more about SpeakSooner’s Community Education Programs join us on March 24 at the Oldcastle Theater in Bennington, VT for an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “The Boys of 2nd Street Park”, featuring CCM’s Dr. Bernard Bandman as one of the ‘Boys’.


Exclusive Screening of Award Winning Documentary “Boys of 2nd Street Park”

February 8, 2017 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine will host an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “Boys of 2nd Street Park” on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7pm at Oldcastle Theater, 331 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs.

This Sundance Film Festival selection tells the story of love, loss and family of a group of friends growing up in the innocence of the 1950’s, confronting the cultural upheaval of the 1960’s and follows their lives as they make sense of their formative years. CCM co-founder Dr. Bernard Bandman is one of the ‘boys’ featured in the film. He and his wife CCM co-founder Celia Engel Bandman share the story about their first child’s illness – a loss that not only informed their lives but also was the genesis of their work with the Center for Communication in Medicine.

The San Francisco Examiner describes the documentary as ‘intimate, thoughtful and well-crafted … two sorts of viewers should attend: those who experienced the uneasy 60’s and those who did not” while Esquire notes the film is “a powerful reminder of the greatness found in ordinary lives.”

“The Boys of 2nd Street Park” trailer

The evening will include the screening of the film, discussion and reception. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are available online HERE or by sending a check to CCM PO Box 197, Bennington, VT 05201. Please be sure to include your contact information. All proceeds to benefit CCM’s Community Education Programs.


Ongoing work to SpeakSooner from CCM

October 19, 2016 by celia

On Friday, October 14 Dr. Bernard Bandman was interviewed by Ed Rabinowitz of Physician’s Money Digest for his upcoming column on physicians educating patients. Doctor patient communication is at the heart of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative and it is gratifying that this work continues to be sought out by the medical community.

On Monday, October 17 Celia Engel Bandman and Dr. Bandman offered a program, “Patients, Caregivers & Healthcare Team: A Delicate Balance” to the Springfield Hospital medical staff.

Also in recognition of the Bandmans innovative work with the SpeakSooner initiative, CCM’s founders have been invited to participate in a panel discussion at Bennington College’s Center for Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) as part of CAPA’s Legislative Series. The panel will discuss the work being done to create a healthy Bennington (VT), as well as identify the gaps in achieving health and wellness in our community. Moderated by VT State Senator Brian Campion and CAPA director, Susan Sgorbati. The program runs from 7 – 8:30 pm.


Spreading the word about SpeakSooner

August 31, 2016 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine’s SpeakSooner initiative continues to build momentum through their community education programs. These programs prepare patients and their loved ones to open timely conversations with caregivers and medical professionals.

In May Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman appeared on WCAX TV in Burlington VT to discuss “Tips for Talking with your Doctor During Tough Times”.

In July Dr. Bandman appeared on the Bob Salter Radio Show on WFAN in New York to share information on SpeakSooner’s programs and how the Difficult Conversation Toolkit can support patients and their healthcare providers bridge the communication gap when facing serious illness.

And in August, the Center for Communication in Medicine offered the second in their 2016 SpeakSooner Community Education Series “Being a Caregiver and Caring for Oneself: A Balancing Act” at the Manchester Community Library where over 50 people joined in the conversation about the challenges and opportunities of being a caregiver while caring for oneself.

 


Community Education Program in Manchester Vermont

July 6, 2016 by celia

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 5:30-7pm at the Manchester Community Library the Bennington-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present “Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance”. The program, second in CCM’s 2016 SpeakSooner community education series, will explore the challenges of caring for a loved one who is seriously ill and addressing one’s own needs. The program is free and open to the public.

A panel will discuss the medical, emotional, spiritual and communication issues that patients and caregivers face. A question and answer session will follow. The panel includes: caregiver Consie West; SVHC primary care physician Michael Welther, MD; Manchester Health Services clinical nurse supervisor Millie Dunn, MS RN; licensed clinical social worker Monica Knorr, MSW; and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. CCM co-founder Bernard Bandman, PhD is moderator.

CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative prepares patients and their loved ones for opening timely and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs, respectful of a person’s values and goals. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of CCM’s Difficult Conversations Toolkit. One attendee from a recent SpeakSooner community education event noted, “The overwhelming attendance reflects the thirst and need for your expertise.”

Space is limited, so please RSVP: Make a reservation here or call 802.442.5800

 


Sirius XM Doctor Radio features CCM founder Dr. Bernard Bandman

May 20, 2016 by celia

Sirius XM Doctor Radio features CCM founder Dr. Bernard Bandman talking about challenges that patients and doctors face with difficult conversations. Listen to the interview here:


SpeakSooner Panel Discussion a Great Success

May 2, 2016 by celia

On Tuesday April 26 the Center for Communication’s (CCM) presented a SpeakSooner community education program in Bennington, Vermont focusing on resources that can help in living with long-term illness.

Over 100 people attended Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need at Oldcastle Theater. The panel, moderated by CCM co-founder Bernard Bandman, PhD, included: patient Lindy Lynch; SVMC hospitalist James Poole MD; SVMC patient navigator Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN; clergy Reverend Lucy Ijams; acupuncturist Cynthia K. Reilly; and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. The panelists detailed the need for and breadth of options across the spectrum of medical and complementary care, noting specific resources in the community that support both patients and caregivers.

Several on the panel emphasized the benefit of patients, loved ones and medical professionals using CCM’s Difficult Conversations Toolkit to identify and communicate needs, concerns and goals of care throughout the course of illness. Lindy Lynch talked about how the Toolkit was helpful in asking the right questions and suggested it be introduced in primary care as well as at specialist’s offices. Collectively, the panel emphasized that clinical staff should trained on the use the Toolkit, which is offered through CCM.

A lively question and answer period followed the panel discussion further emphasizing the need for a better understanding of community resources. An attendee suggested a master list be compiled.

This program was the first in the 2016 series of SpeakSooner community education programs. The next event will focus on the challenges caregivers face and is scheduled for August 10th at the Manchester Community Library in Manchester, Vermont. Sign up at www.SpeakSooner.org to receive latest CCM news and view the Toolkit online.

To read news coverage of the program click here