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Health Lecture: Advanced Directives and Palliative Care for Your Loved Ones

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Health Lecture: Advanced Directives and Palliative Care for Your Loved Ones

Archie Bella MD

 

Advance care planning is not just about old age. A medical crisis can strike at any age, leaving you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Please join Archie Bella, MD for a thoughtful and informative discussion. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center.  This program is presented in partnership with Eisenhower Health.

Advance care planning is not just about old age. A medical crisis can strike at any age, leaving you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, it is important to plan now to ensure you receive the medical care you want should you ever not be able to speak for yourself and doctors and loved ones are making decisions on your behalf. Please join Archie Bella, MD, for a thoughtful and informative discussion, with opportunities to ask questions, regarding advanced care planning and palliative care, at any age.

 Archie Bella, MD, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and sees patients at the Eisenhower Health Center at the Plaza del Sol location. Dr. Bella received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and completed his internship and residency programs at New York Medical College. Growing up in the Philippines, Dr. Bella never considered becoming a physician. He studied biology in college with the goal of becoming a research scientist in cellular and molecular biology and became a teaching and research associate at a university. “While working as a research associate, I felt as if I should be doing more with my knowledge,” states Dr. Bella. “I decided to take the national medical admission test, and applied to the top university medical school in the country. The rest is history.”

While in medical school, Dr. Bella knew he wanted to specialize in a broad-based field of medicine and internal medicine seemed a good fit. “The challenge of making a diagnosis from a wide-range of signs and symptoms, sometimes conflicting, coupled with appropriate laboratory data is like solving a complex jigsaw puzzle,” comments Dr. Bella. “Internal Medicine exposes me to a range of diseases—simple and complex, acute and chronic, outpatient and inpatient—all which stimulate me intellectually and provides me the best opportunity to relate to patients on a personal level.” In reflecting on his approach to patient care, Dr. Bella comments, “I have always believed in the premise that a doctor is not simply a ‘care-provider’. A doctor is a decision-maker, a communicator, a teacher, a counselor all rolled into one. Physicians make the simplest to the most complex decisions that involve lives. These decisions should be based on meticulous data analysis, evidence-based medical science, good clinical eye, and humanity, where treating the whole person is first and foremost, not just treating the disease or labs or imaging results. In every care decision, patient engagement through information on their illness, treatment options, risks and benefits, is of utmost importance. In the end, decisions made should always be a compromise between what we know and what we can provide as doctors, and what the patient desires. Finally, every doctor should be an instrument in promoting health care changes, to look at diseases from a broad perspective, encompassing socioeconomic factors affecting patients.”

 

 


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