SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Frank Brady (far right), president of Center for Hope Hospice based in Scotch Plains, recently participated on a panel of experts on end-of-life issues, held on October 12 at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth. The event, co-sponsored by Center for Hope and Trinitas, was part of a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness of hospice care and advanced planning.

Panelists provided insights into making decisions about care at the end of one’s life; approximately 80 people from the wider community as well as Trinitas clinicians, attended and participated in the Q&A session after the film. The event is one of several that Center for Hope has hosted or sponsored this year as an “official screener” of the acclaimed Frontline film through the National Hospice Foundation. The organization has two facilities that provide hospice and palliative care, in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth.

Participating on the panel with Brady were (left to right) Geraldine “Magie” Cruz, RN, MSN, CCRN; Dr. Michele Morandi, medical director for Center for Hope and the palliative care program at Trinitas; Carol Pepe, LCSW, director of social work and case management at Trinitas; Mary McTigue, senior vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer for Trinitas, and chair of Center for Hope’s board of trustees.