GROWING THE CULTURE | Catholic health care has role to play in acceptance of end-of-life care

BETHESDA, Md. -- Dr. Ira Byock, a pioneer in palliative and hospice care, believes Catholic health care has a unique role to play as the nation's understanding and acceptance of end-of-life care begins to turn a corner. "Catholic health care has a lot to contribute to helping our culture grow the rest of the way up," the director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., told Catholic News Service Aug. 10. The goal, he said, is "integrating the fact of mortality into full and healthy living."

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