April 26, 2016 – Community Education Program

March 16, 2016

SpeakSooner Community Education Program – April 26, 2016 Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street Bennington, VT from 5:30 – 7:00 PM  Illness forces us to ask: what do I need and to whom do I turn? On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 the Bennington-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present, “Finding Your Path Through Illness […]


Building Your Team & Navigating the System

February 10, 2016

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Center for Communication in Medicine held a community program at Oldcastle Theater in Bennington, VT. The program, “SpeakSooner:  Building Your Team & Navigating the System”  was offered to help improve communication between patients and their families, friends and healthcare providers. Over 120 people attended!  Read More . The first in a series of SpeakSooner […]


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 […]