Making Your Wishes Known - Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Join us for a free screening of the Emmy-nominated PBS film “Being Mortal” followed by a panel discussion with experts caring for people with serious illness. This event is hosted in memory of Dr. Jonathan F. Lara, Pathologist and former Residency Program Director, and his passion for education and lifelong dedication to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. There is no commercial support for this activity.


  • Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President & CEO, VNA Health Group
  • Gregory J. Rokosz, DO, JD, Chief Medical Officer, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
  • Sunil Sapru, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
  • Theresita (Tacy) Silverberg-Urian RN, BSN, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, VNA Health Group

TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, nurses, social workers and the general public

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key ways that improving communication can improve the quality of care received by patients with advanced illness.
  • Identify barriers to effective conversations about end-of-life goals and approaches to overcome them.
  • Describe basic components of conversations that facilitate alignment of patient goals with the care they receive at the end of life.

For more information please contact:, (973) 370-8134

This free event includes dinner, film screening, and discussion.

Islami Auditorium, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

94 Old Short Hills Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

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