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|Honoring Choices® Virginia|
Honoring Choices Virginia is a major initiative to build system change, advocacy and education around advance care planning. Through Honoring Choices Virginia, the Richmond Academy of Medicine serves as convener, coordinator and catalyst to build clinical improvements combined with outreach in healthcare systems and communities across our region.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System, HCA Virginia Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System are offering facilitated advance care planning conversations to individuals and patients under the guidance of the Respecting Choices® First Steps® program, a pioneering approach developed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. These systems have agreed to embrace a common emphasis on improving the conversation across health systems; use patient-tested forms and informational materials; share lessons learned formally and informally; and support community outreach.
Honoring Choices Virginia is now planning a grassroots effort to reach residents of the Greater Richmond communities through media, multicultural organizations, senior centers, support networks and other avenues.
Click here to view the NPR video of the December 9, 2014, press kickoff!
Too often in our health care system, patients do not receive the care they wish for as they approach their last days. Starting a conversation about end-of-life care is difficult for all of us, whether we are physicians, patients, family members, religious and community leaders or health care providers. It is, however, imperative that these conversations happen. And once they occur, it is equally critical that patients’ choices are honored by those who care for them.
Coordinate Pilot Projects: The Academy is coordinating pilot projects to facilitate advance care planning discussions in health system hospitals, clinics and other health care settings. Sites select a targeted demographic and offer facilitated conversations to those patients who desire a new or updated advance care plan. The concepts, methodologies, training systems and materials are based on Respecting Choices®, a pioneering organization in advance care planning based in La Crosse. Respecting Choices® staff members are providing training and consultation for the first generation of pilots and facilitators.
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