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Dying with Dignity

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Death with dignity is a phrase gaining momentum as more states add legislation allowing persons at end of life to end their life. Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal. On Health Link we examine the emotional topic of death and dying. Learn about care options including hospice and palliative care; and the choices you can make to insure dignity at the end of your days.


Patricia A. Bomba MD, FACP
Dr. Patricia Bomba serves as the Vice President and Medical Director, Geriatrics for Excellus Health Plan, Inc. and subsidiaries of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies. She is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects. Prior to her work at Excellus Health Plan, Inc., she was engaged in private practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in Rochester, New York.  

George Giokas, MD
Dr. George Giokas is the director of palliative care for The Community Hospice. Dr. Giokas is a Consulting Staff Member at Ellis Medicine and Sunnyview Hospital, and member of the Ellis Ethics Committee. 

Joan Dacher, PhD., MS, BS, RN, GNP
Dr. Joan Dacher is a Professor of Nursing and was the founding Director of the Nursing Science Program at The Sage Colleges. Joan has worked in the field of Gerontology and End of Life care for 27 years. She holds a PhD in Gerontology and Health Policy from the Nelson Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy as well as a postdoctoral certificate from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care Education and Practice. Joan previously served as the Director of the Palliative Home Care Program at The Community Hospice. Joan serves on the Board of Trustees of HPCANYS is the Chair of HPCANYS Palliative Care Advisory Committee. 

Joanne Porter, MD
Dr. Joanne Porter is a pediatric oncologist and Co-Section Head, Division of Hematology/Oncology for the Albany Medical Center Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Group.


Gateway House of Peace – Ballston Spa, NY.

Haynes House of Hope – South Granville, NY.

Joan Nicole Prince Home – Scotia, NY.

Mary’s Haven –Saratoga Springs, NY


Aging with Dignity - Five Wishes

American Bar Association

American Hospital Association

The Community HOSPICE

Compassion and Support at the End of Life

The Conversation Project

Get Palliative Care

The Hastings Center

Medline Plus

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Caring Connections

New York State Health Department

Next Avenue End-of-Life Care

U.S. Living Will Registry


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