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Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Talking about dying is difficult for most people, including doctors. But can they learn a better way to help patients nearing the end of their lives? Can health care systems learn to respect those wishes? Here’s one experiment to find out.

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Dr. Kate Lally gathers a group of second year residents outside a patient’s room at Kent Hospital in Warwick. Lally explains the patient they’re about to examine is 34-year-old Melissa Smith. She has advanced ovarian cancer. Until now, she’s been in hospice care at home, keeping comfortable.

Kent Hospital Worker Looks At 100

Dec 9, 2013
Flo Jonic / RIPR

There aren’t many people who live to be 100.   And even fewer who make it to that age but still work. That’s what makes Mary Poncin so special.

Mary Poncin turns 100 Tuesday.  And amazingly she still works. She’s a greeter at Kent Hospital. You’ll find her at the main entrance every morning, Monday through Friday.

"Why do you still work?"

"Well you need the extra money. Social Security doesn’t cover everything," said Poncin.

"So it’s a financial issue for you, huh?"

Kent Hospital and Thundermist Health Center have teamed up to train new physicians in family medicine and a new kind of health care model called a patient-centered medical home. It's the first community health center-based training of its kind in the state

When medical students graduate, they go on to do a residency program for more on-the-job training. Most residencies take place in hospitals. But that’s changing. This new program will place family medicine residents from Kent Hospital in Warwick’s Thundermist community health center.