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Four new organizations join Honoring Choices Wisconsin, fifth begins trial implementation

Release Date: October 22, 2015
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

MADISON (Oct. 22, 2015) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, is pleased to announce four new participating organizations. Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville, Southwest Health in Platteville, Richland Medical Center/Richland Center Hospital in Richland Center and Care Wisconsin based in Madison, all have signed on to build systems and workflows to offer advance care planning conversations to their patients. The other four participants will begin training later this year and launch their trial implementations in 2016.

My Choice Family Care in Milwaukee, which joined HCW in March, has begun its trial implementation.

“It’s so inspiring to see the commitment to advance care planning grow. Since 2012, we’ve worked to ensure that advance care planning is available to everyone, including rural and underserved populations,” said Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD. “These new participants exemplify that commitment, as advance care planning is quickly becoming the standard of care across Wisconsin.”

The new groups were announced during today’s third annual Sharing the Experience Conference in Madison. The participation of the new organizations was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Cancer Control Program, with the aim of expanding access to advance care planning services in rural and underserved areas.

“Increasing advance care planning, particularly increasing the number of advance care planning conversations, is a priority for the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020. We are very excited about this opportunity to support the work of HCW in rural Wisconsin,” said Jeanne Strickland, senior outreach specialist at the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Since HCW launched in September 2012, more than 6,000 patients have engaged in conversations about their future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences, with HCW-trained facilitators. These conversations help patients understand their health care treatment options, appoint a health care agent, clarify goals, weigh options about the kind of care and treatment they would want or not want, and communicate those wishes to family, friends, clergy, physicians and others.

Through HCW, the Society serves as a convener, coordinator and catalyst to build clinical pilot projects based on proven concepts, methodologies, training systems and materials, combined with outreach in communities across the state. The four new groups join HCW’s 25 existing participating organizations, aiming to make advance care planning a routine and standard part of care.

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and has been a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841. For more information about Honoring Choices Wisconsin, visit www.honoringchoiceswi.org.

The name “Honoring Choices Wisconsin” is used under license from the East Metro Medical Society Foundation.