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Event showcases advance care
planning success

Nearly 150 participants and stakeholders in Honoring Choices Wisconsin gathered this week for the Sharing the Experience Conference, showcasing the progress made in advance care planning over the program’s first year. Honoring Choices Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s initiative to promote the benefits of and improve processes for advance care planning across the state, in health care settings and in the community.

Since March, more than 500 patients have discussed their future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences, with facilitators trained through Honoring Choices Wisconsin. The facilitated advance care planning conversations are based on the Respecting Choices® First Steps® model, which was created at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Tim Bartholow, MD, the Society’s chief medical officer, moderated the day-long event, which included team leaders and facilitators from the original pilot organizations sharing their experiences and offering suggestions to the new participants.

“Countless individuals and organizations have shown tremendous leadership, commitment and perseverance, and for that, we’re forever grateful,” Dr. Bartholow said in this news release. “Honoring Choices Wisconsin has succeeded far beyond what we imagined when we launched the initiative only one year ago.”

Bud Hammes, PhD, and Linda Briggs, MS, MA, RN, of Respecting Choices® also reflected on their work with the organizations, and Briggs discussed and the implications of decision-making capacity for advance care planning facilitators. In addition, Mike Bernhagen, co-producer of Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject, shared a preview of his upcoming film, A Documentary on Unintended Consequences.

The first organizations to participate in Honoring Choices Wisconsin are Community Care, Inc.; Fort HealthCare in collaboration with Rainbow HospiceCare and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Jefferson County; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Meriter Health Services; ProHealth Care, Waukesha; and UW Health.

The new participants are ADORAY Hospice, Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care; Aspirus; Baldwin Area Medical Center; Journal Communications, Inc.; Mayo Clinic Health System; St. Croix Regional Medical Center; ThedaCare; and Watertown Regional Medical Center.

The name “Honoring Choices Wisconsin” is used under license from East Metro Medical Society Foundation.
RESPECTING CHOICES® is a registered mark used under license from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc.

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