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The seventh annual Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award was presented to Mrs. Linda Bryant during a virtual Healthcare Decisions Day event on hospice and end-of-life care.

Linda’s commitment to caring is exemplified in her role as Heartworks Coordinator at UPMC Susquehanna. Coordinated by Linda, and staffed by dedicated volunteers, Heartworks is a family-based support program that meets twice a month on the campus of Divine Providence Hospital. The Heartworks team is committed to giving children a time and a place to express their emotions when dealing with a substantial loss. Heartworks has guided countless children and teens through the grieving process. Linda considers herself honored and blessed to be able to join together with children and teens as they embrace their emotions and continue on their paths towards self-enlightenment.

Fresh off its inaugural episode, the newly rebranded "Second Half of Life Podcast," which explores the many issues and topics related to elder law, is out with its second episode. 

In this episode, titled "What's in Your Pot O' Gold? Trusts & Estate Planning 101," Attorney Brittany Smith and Long-Term Care Planner Tammy Zilske speak about several types of estate planning documents that everyone should have, different types of trusts, how trusts can be used to affect taxes, trusts that protect inherited IRAs and provide for future generations, the importance of planning for potential long-term care, Medicaid eligibility for long-term care, and more. This podcast is a recording of a virtual seminar presented on April 2, 2020. A video of the presentation, complete with PowerPoint slides, can also be viewed on YouTube.

New podcast episodes can be accessed on the Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and TuneIn + Alexa. Additional podcast directories will also be added in the coming days and weeks.

By Landon Hodges, Esq.

In these unusual days of COVID-19, working from home, and avoiding social contact, one particular medical device is receiving much more attention than normal: the ventilator. Essentially, a ventilator is a machine that can breathe for you by forcing oxygen into the lungs and pulling it out again if you are unable to do it on your own. As a respiratory illness, several patients suffering from COVID-19 require the use of a ventilator for treatment. 

It is common language in a Living Will that, in the event your Living Will is activated, you do not want to be put on a ventilator and want to be allowed to pass away naturally. One question that immediately comes to mind with all the talk about ventilators in the news is “does this language prevent my doctor from using a ventilator to treat me if I have COVID-19 symptoms?” The short answer is that this language in your Living Will will not, in almost all cases, prevent your doctor from using a ventilator to treat you for COVID-19.

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