IHA Honors OSF HealthCare

10/13/2014 - Peoria, Illinois

OSF Healthcare System has been awarded the first Tim Philipp Award for Excellence in Palliative and End-of-Life Care by the Illinois Hospital Association Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality.

The Philipp Award was added this year to the Quality Excellence Achievement awards given by the IHA. It recognized efforts by OSF HealthCare to help its high-risk patients engage in advance care planning.

Advance care planning is a free service OSF offers all of its patients. It involves a trained facilitator leading the patient through a series of questions to help discern personal values, beliefs and preferences for care at the end of life or in the event the patient is no longer able to speak for himself or herself. It helps not only the patient but the patient’s Medical Power of Attorney understand what decisions the patient would want in a variety of circumstances.

“Patients who have completed advance care planning are comforted knowing their decisions are known by their family and physicians,” said Dr. Robert Sawicki, Senior Vice President, Supportive Care, OSF Healthcare System.

“We’ve also found that patients who complete advance care planning spend less on their end-of-life care because the care they receive is only the care they want. Most importantly, the advance care planning conversation helps us as caregivers meet not just the patient’s medical needs, but their spiritual and emotional needs as well.”

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