Membership in the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin (PCNOW) has reached 3,000 as its influence spreads nationally and internationally.
The organization was formed in 2015 with assistance from the Wisconsin Medical Society and other stakeholders to support the growth of palliative care services in Wisconsin through education, systems change, and advocacy.
“We’re grateful to the Wisconsin Medical Society for early financial and physical support, which was instrumental in helping us reach this milestone,” said PCNOW Board Chair Tim Jessick, DO. “And today, through Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Society is a valuable partner as we work to provide palliative care resources and training for clinicians throughout the state to improve end-of-life-care for patients.”
Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. Its goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. “We’re a scrappy organization without much of a budget. But we’ve found that the need for connection and education in the field is so strong, we can make a huge difference just by ‘connecting the islands’,” said Marla Wachtl, secretary of PCNOW’s Board of Directors.
PCNOW is also the home of “Fast Facts,” a nationally recognized program of palliative care education materials, and of a series of guidebooks and modules to help bring specialty and generalist palliative care to different care settings.
Membership in PCNOW is free. Visit mypcnow.org for more information about palliative care and PCNOW.
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