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Honoring Choices Wisconsin announces new participants

Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) announced four new participating organizations at its third Sharing the Experience Conference last week. 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 four participants will begin training later this year and launch their trial implementations in 2016.

“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 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.

A fifth group, My Choice Family Care in Milwaukee, also was announced at the conference. My Choice Family Care joined HCW in March and has begun its trial implementation.

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

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