Community Conversation will focus on healing and compassion

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BRATTLEBORO — The final spring "Community Conversation on Compassion" organized by Compassionate Brattleboro will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Brooks Memorial Library. The "conversation," with active community participation, will explore healing-related compassion presently existing in the Brattleboro area, less and more compassionate ways of presenting "bad news," and new initiatives which might be possible.

Jim Levinson will moderate the conversation. Featured speakers are as follows:

- Agnes Mikijaniec, an oncology nurse practitioner for 20 years, including 14 years at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She was previously an AIDS nurse in New York City.

- Carolyn Taylor-Olson, MD, responsible to developing both the BMH Hospitalist progam and the Post-Acute Care Department caring for nursing home and assisted living patients.

- Robert Tortolani, MD, a family physician in the community for 46 years, and continuing to teach first year medical students at Dartmouth Medical School.

Community Conversations will continue in the fall, with special attention given to climate change and to employment for the homeless persons.

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