Health care providers from Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center recently participated in Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation, presented by Bud Hammes, PhD, Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Gundersen Lutheran Health System in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is leading the nation with an innovative program that provides the right health care to patients in the end stages of their lives. Their system increases continuity of care, quality of life and respect for the patient’s wishes, while lowering the cost of care and reducing over–utilization of the health care system.
The goals of the workshop were to increase understanding of the value of advance care planning on end of life care; improve patient, family and provider satisfaction with care of the chronically and terminally ill patient; and identify ways that advance care planning can impact over and under utilization of health care services at the end of life.
“One of the goals for our Advance Health Care Planning program at Ministry Eagle River and Howard Young is to get people talking about what their wishes are for end-of-life health care decisions,” said Lisa Becker, Case Manager, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. “This is a true gift you can give your family.”
Funds for this educational opportunity were provided by the Eagle River Area Palliative Care Program and an education grant from The Walter Olson Fund of the Howard Young Foundation. The Walter Olson Fund provides education for Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) physicians and for other health care professionals of HYMC, as well as selected educational programs that benefit the overall quality of health care at HYMC.
Approximately 40 people were in attendance.