2018 Distinguished Lecture Series

How Palliative Care is Helping to Provide Better CareDr Gary Johanson

Presenter: Gary Johanson, MD

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018  6 – 7:30 pm

Location: Sonoma West Medical Center Conference Room

Palliative Care has come of age as a key part of comprehensive care for patients and their families with serious illness. Learn about the key elements of palliative care including its focus on quality of life and relief of suffering and how it helps patients to prepare for difficult health decisions in their future. Included will be discussion of how palliative care and hospice are related but different.

Dr. Gary Johanson graduated from University of California San Francisco Medical School back in 1975. He completed his 3 year residency training in Family Medicine in Sonoma County and then opened a family practice right here in Sebastopol in 1978 where he was is partnership with Dr. Jim Shubin and later Dave Fichman for 16 years. Within that first year of practice, he discovered a keen interest in the new concept of hospice and became a board member and medical consultant for the first Home Hospice here in Sonoma County in 1979. His interest in hospice and the much broader field of Palliative Care continued to grow until he evolved to full time in the field 18 years ago.

He is currently Medical Director of Memorial Hospice and Home Health and has been a key contributor to the development of Palliative Care Services for Providence St Joseph Health both locally and at a system level. He is currently part of a collaborative with Providence St Joseph and Dignity Health in a state-wide initiative focused on Advance Care Planning and Whole Person Care. He is a key planner for the new Hospice House underway for patients here in Sonoma County. or 707-703-7664
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