Dr. Griswold to address advance medical directives at 2019 Senior University

Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital’s Senior University event, Thursday, September 19, at White Stone Church of the Nazarene, will feature free health screenings, senior community resource vendors, and several presenters, including Bon Secours primary care physician Steven Griswold, MD.

Dr. Griswold, who specializes in family medicine and palliative care, will share a presentation on advance medical directives.

“Patients and their clinician should have open and clear discussions about their personal wishes for future care,” he said. “Such conversations can bring peace to patients and their family members when decisions are talked through ahead of time.”

Dr. Griswold is certified in the specialties of hospice and palliative medicine, geriatrics and family medicine. He received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of North Carolina/Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. He worked in rural family medicine for 14 years and then completed a geriatric fellowship at Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic in 2010.

Before joining Bon Secours’ palliative team in 2015, he was an assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, medical director of the inpatient Palliative Medicine Services at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and a geriatrician with Riverside PACE. He has a special interest in improving the transition between care sites (acute, long term care, home) for the sickest and most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Griswold sees patients at Bon Secours Hartfield Medical Center, 9891 General Puller Highway, Hartfield.

Senior University is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required. Call 435-8662 to register.