OSF HealthCare was awarded a Circle of Life Citation of Honor by the American Hospital Association at a summit in San Diego, CA on July 18, 2016. The award celebrates programs across the nation that excel in palliative and end-of-life care. OSF was the only health care provider from the Midwest to receive the distinction.
In accepting the award, Dr. Robert Sawicki, Senior Vice President of Supportive Care for OSF HealthCare, noted the importance of advance care planning conversations and documentation. “A big part of what we do is ensure patient and family goals are not just communicated but also implemented across care delivery settings,” said Dr. Sawicki. “Oftentimes, people are unable to communicate their health care wishes due to accident or injury. Making decisions ahead of time can offer tremendous peace of mind.”
The AHA credited OSF HealthCare with making “substantial, impressive advances” in advance care planning communication, including collaboration with non-OSF hospitals, physician groups, and long-term care facilities.
Nominations were reviewed and site-visited by a selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work and health administration. To be considered for the award, organizations had to meet eight separate criteria, including using innovative approaches to reach traditionally marginalized populations, and addressing patients’ psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs.
OSF HealthCare has been serving people with life-limiting illness, their families and their communities for nearly 140 years.
As the family of Jill, a patient who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, can attest, advance care planning alleviates a lot of stress. Although Jill was unresponsive the last 48 hours of her life, her care decisions were followed. Her family was at peace knowing the care she received was exactly what she would have wanted.
“OSF HealthCare can help with advance care planning – everything from starting the conversation to completing the documentation,” said Dr. Sawicki. “It’s an easy and effective way to ensure your health care wishes are known and carried out.”
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