News Release

Published on Monday, January 10, 2005

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) Black River Falls Campus and The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring an information session titled Ethics & End of Life Care on Tuesday, Jan. 25 as part of their ongoing Lunch ‘N Learn Series. The event will be held at the Ho-Chunk HealthCare Clinic at N6520 Guy Road in Black River Falls, from Noon - 1:30 p.m.

The workshop features keynote speaker Kate Ford Roberts, RN, MA, who will discuss some of the key ethical issues and concerns in end-of-life care. It will also describe the role of Advance Directives such as a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in preventing ethical dilemmas.

Ford Roberts is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. She co-chairs the End of Life Patient Care Team and assisted in building a palliative care program there. In 1978, she became a founding member of HospiceCare, Inc. with the purpose of improving the care given to dying persons and their families. She participated in the NCI-funded Cancer Pain Role Model Program and was a project associate for Institutionalizing Effective Pain Management Practices in Home Health Care. She is a cofounder for the Center for Life and Loss Integration, and consults in grief and bereavement.

The public is invited to attend this informative seminar. A $10 fee covers lunch and materials.

Participants can register by calling the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-284-4658 or e-mailing

To learn about additional WWTC programs and services, please call 715-284-2253 or visit the WWTC Web site at