Southcoast VNA to host screening of Defining Hope documentary on November 1 to kick off National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Oct 23, 2017

 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Health announced today that the Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will host a screening of Defining Hope at Regal Cinemas in Swansea, Mass., on November 1 at 7.p.m. in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Defining Hope is a new documentary following eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them. It explores what makes life worth living and what to do for ourselves and our loved ones as we get closer to the end of life. Through the stories of patients, families, nurses, and healthcare professionals, the conversation around quality end-of-life care is brought to the forefront.

Defining Hope is produced by Carolyn Jones Productions, the same team that created The American Nurse Project, an award-winning photography book and documentary film celebrating nurses.

Defining Hope is made possible through the generous support of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the American Nurses Foundation, Jeannie Patz Blaustein, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and Walden University.

Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing the evaluation.

To learn more about the film or to purchase tickets, visit