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Published on March 19, 2014

Saint Mary’s Hosts Community Program on “Spirituality and the Art of Medicine”

Auguste Fortin, VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH WATERBURY, Conn. (March 19, 2014) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital will host “Spirituality and the Art of Medicine,” a presentation by Auguste Fortin, VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FAACH on Wednesday, March 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Auditorium of the hospital’s Medical-Dental Conference Center.

This free program is being presented as part of Saint Mary’s Saint Joseph’s Day celebration in honor of the Sisters of St. Joseph, its founding order and a continued presence at the hospital for more than 100 years. The hospital’s leadership, physicians and staff continue to honor the sisters’ contributions and sustain their legacy by hosting a St. Joseph’s Day celebration each year.

Dr. Fortin will discuss the premise that clinicians can and should inquire about and support their patients’ spirituality as part of their clinical work in order to improve outcomes and satisfaction. The important role of hospital chaplains and the professional boundaries clinicians must respect in this area will also be presented. A panel discussion will follow featuring Dr. Paul Kelly, Mary Farkash, RN, Cindy Cipriano, RN, and Chaplain Geralyn Cappabianca.

Dr. Fortin is Director of Psychosocial Curriculum for the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Communication Skills Education at Yale University School of Medicine and is Director of Communication Skills Education there.

Spirituality and the Art of MedicineDr. Fortin graduated from Brandeis University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center and obtained his MPH from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He was a Fellow in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Fortin is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). He is a faculty facilitator for the Academy’s annual courses on doctor-patient communication. He has co-directed the AACH faculty development committee and serves on course committees.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Visitor Parking Garage on Cole Street. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To register, please call Griselle Arroyo at (203) 709-6236 or email

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