Dr. Tom Miller to discuss living and dying well

October 22, 2012

Tom Miller, MD, of Hospice and Community Care, will present "Lessons Learned through Walking with People in Life and Death", a free program, on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel. 

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Oct. 22, 2012 — Tom Miller, M.D., one of eight medical directors at Hospice and Community Care, will speak on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

Dr. Miller will present “Lessons Learned through Walking with People in Life and Death.” He will share his reflections on nine years of working with hospice patients and their families, as well as many more years as a physician in family practice.

In college in the early 1970s, Miller initially wanted to become a pastor, but eventually went into medicine. Today, his work as a physician in end-of-life care is grounded in a firm foundation of faith.

“We die how we live,” Miller said. “So live well and have confidence in God’s goodness.”

Miller’s career has taken him to many corners of the world, including Albania and Tanzania. He has worked at a large family practice in Lancaster County and provided medical care at Lancaster County Prison. In 2003, he joined Hospice and Community Care (formerly Hospice of Lancaster County), where his wife, Jill, already worked.

“As a family physician, I was gravitating toward people who had more serious illnesses. I felt those people were neglected in some ways. I wanted to play a bigger role with the family when one of my patients dies,” Miller said. “In this position, that’s what I do all the time. It really seems to fit.”

In his current role, Miller cares for patients in in-patient units, provides pain and palliative care consultation in the hospital and in the home, and helps oversee home care nurses. He also hopes to clear up some misconceptions about hospice.

“The object of hospice is not to get people to die, it’s to make every day as good as it can be when people’s days are short,” he said. “Reaching for the usual kind of medicine when it’s clear that it’s not working is going to cause more harm than good. It is better to get the kind of things that will make life more tolerable.”

The program is free and open to the public.

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