Meet Consider the Conversation co-producer Michael Bernhagen, a passionate patient advocate who has dedicated his career to improving end-of-life care. During his tenure with Rainbow Hospice Care, an independent and non-profit program located in rural southern Wisconsin, the hospice utilization rate in his county has increased from middle of the road to 5th highest in the Badger State.
Nearly two and a half years after its release via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject will debut in the Los Angeles market when it airs in Prime Time on San Bernardino's KVCR on Wednesday, August 28th at 10 p.m.
On December 14, 2012, Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal interviewed Diane Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, for Consider the Conversation 2: A Documentary About Unintended Consequences. Dr. Meier is a geriatrician who is shaping the field of palliative care and making its benefits available to millions of Americans suffering from serious illness.
Marian University just became the first institution of higher learning in the United States to support the production and distribution of Consider the Conversation 2: A Documentary About Unintended Consequences with a major donation.
Consider the Conversation co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal just wrapped up a very successful shoot at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina where they spent the week interviewing and documenting the lives of doctors and seriously ill patients. They left the home of the Blue Devils inspired and in awe of the incredible work being done there.
Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen are currently working on the follow up to their award-winning PBS film Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject. Subtitled A Documentary About Unintended Consequences, this important new piece of work will explore the effect of American medicine's success on the patient/doctor relationship and shed light on the critical role communication plays in helping both parties navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.
On Friday, June 7th, Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal, the award-winning producers behind Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject, will send a beautiful brochure to 4,500 public libraries around the United States encouraging them to add the film to their DVD collection for the benefit of the communities they serve.
Will you call your local library to let them know about the documentary?
On Friday, May 31st, Consider the Conversation co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal mailed a very important letter (see below) to friends and supporters of their work throughout the United States and Canada.
Kaldhusdal and Bernhagen, who volunteer their time to produce these films, are hoping to raise $80,000 in tax deductible donations by the end of the third quarter.