Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s vision is to be a premier academic community teaching hospital, and strive to provide high quality, safe patient care. Through multi-department collaboration, we have numerous programs aimed at improving advance care planning and the care of the seriously ill in our community through innovation, education, training, philanthropy, and community outreach:
· Innovation: Under the leadership of the Palliative Care Service and Population Health, we have launched a Serious Illness Care Program with the goal of training all providers who care for the seriously ill on the use of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide developed at Ariadne Labs. This is a multidisciplinary program with the goal of ensuring all our seriously ill patients have access to high quality conversations that focus on their values and goals.
· Education: Collaborate with the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care to help redesign curriculum for serious illness care at medical schools throughout the state.
· Training: Leverage existing technology and educate our providers on the use of an advance care planning module embedded in our electronic health record, which houses all information related to advance care planning and serious illness conversations so that patients’ values and goals can be accessed by all providers caring for them within our health care system.
· Philanthropy: Development of the Palliative Care Council, which is a group of engaged donors who serve as community ambassadors to generate interest and philanthropic support for educational and clinical programs aimed at the care of the seriously ill.
· Community Outreach: Participate in Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Collaborative for Healthy Families and Communities, a new initiative to the organization which offers free educational events to the community. Clinicians on the Palliative Care Service are invited to discuss advance care planning.
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