Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care hosts free film screening to community about end of life care; The Nurse with the Purple Hair

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is hosting a free educational event, and special screening of the documentary, The Nurse with the Purple Hair. The film will be followed by a discussion with acclaimed Director Sean Cunningham and the film’s featured hospice nurse, Michelle Lasota. This event is free and open to the community. The screening is being held at The New Vic Theatre, 33 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA on November 5, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Support local business and enjoy dinner, drinks, and dessert at the following restaurants offering a special discount to registered guests. Participating vendors include Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Ca’Dario Pasta Veloce, Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, and Enjoy Cupcakes. These restaurants are conveniently located in the Santa Barbara Public Market just across the street from The New Vic. Please see the website for details.

The Nurse with the Purple Hair is a warm and inspiring documentary about end-of-life care and honors hospice workers and how they help families learn to accept death with compassion, wisdom, and grace.

Cunningham follows Nurse Lasota (she does have Purple Hair) as she navigates the difficult world of hospice care with a sense of humor and a passionate drive to help others. Her goal for her patients is to make every day the best possible day it can be.

Following the film, a panel will gather to discuss the film and end of life care. Moderated by VNHC President & CEO Lynda Tanner; panelists include: Director of the film Sean Cunningham, hospice nurse Michelle Lasota, VNHC Medical Director Michael Bordofsky, and VNHC Hospice Nurse Miki McGibbons. 

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About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive home health care, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. Established in 1908, VNHC is one Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. VNHC’s mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all. For more information, visit or call 805.965.5555.

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