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On Thursday, November 3, 2011, Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care will host a conference and workshop at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Ariz. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

This program features Deborah Grassman, RN, MS, NP from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Bay Pines, Florida. Deborah has been the Director of the Hospice Program at the VA for the last 16 years. She is a featured speaker at Hospice and VA conferences throughout the United States and has published numerous articles on providing hospice care to veterans. She is a pioneer in identifying the effects of past trauma on the quality of a person’s dying process, as well as ways to effectively respond to issues that surface at the end of life. She is the author of the book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families.

The Davis Monthan Air Force Color Guard will post the flag at 8:00 a.m., accompanied by Aubrea Dean singing the National Anthem. The event is free for veterans and they are invited to bring a guest for $15.00. Health care professionals attending may earn continuing education credit:


  • National Association of Social Workers – 6
  • Southern Arizona Psychological Association – 6
  • California Board of Registered Nursing – 7.2
  • Arizona Nursing Care Institution Administrators – 5.5
  • National Association of Catholic Chaplains – 5

The workshop will be an exciting learning opportunity for clinicians, caregivers, veterans and their families. Deborah Grassman will talk about ways that dying veterans and their families are affected by the military culture. The inspirational stories are intended to open hearts and minds in ways that can enhance healing at the end of Veterans’ lives.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the healthcare needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly 20 Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations and Carondelet Specialist Group specialty care practices, an ambulatory surgery center, several outpatient imaging centers, Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Care and Carondelet Foundation. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve community health and increase access. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at