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IL-HPCO Partners with POLST Illinois to Promote Awareness, Education

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POLST Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO), combining efforts to strengthen awareness, education and advocacy related to advance care planning and the understanding and implementation of the Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) throughout the state.

“We are proud to be able to announce this partnership,” said Sarah Bealles, Chair, IL-HPCO Board of Director and President & CEO of JourneyCare, an Illinois-based hospice and palliative care agency. “Together, IL-HPCO and POLST Illinois will be able to have a greater voice in building awareness and enhancing education, training and advocacy about advance care planning statewide.”

A POLST form is a signed medical order that travels with the patient to ensure that a patient’s treatment preferences are honored across settings of care.  The vision of POLST is to allow people with life-limiting illnesses to state their preferences regarding end-of-life care, and be assured that those wishes will be honored by medical professionals across all settings.

POLST is designed for people with a chronic, progressive disease or a serious Illness and is an important part of advance care planning. In Illinois, this form has replaced the state Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order form.

POLST Illinois now becomes part of IL-HPCO, the only organization representing hospice and palliative care in the state of Illinois. IL-HPCO and POLST Illinois share a common goal of promoting quality care through informed end-of-life conversations and shared decision making, and ensuring that those with serious illness receive the treatments they want and don’t receive the treatments they don’t want.

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Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO)

IL-HPCO is the leading state organization committed to promoting and enhancing palliative and end-of-life care in the state of Illinois through education, advocacy, strategic partnerships and technical and supportive services.  Its mission is to expand access to exceptional hospice and palliative care for patients and families coping with chronic illness and close of life experiences.

POLST Illinois

POLST Illinois is a volunteer coalition of doctors, nurses, chaplains, clinical ethicists, attorneys, case managers and emergency medical personnel, representing hospitals, hospices, the state medical society, medical systems, faith organizations, EMS and long-term care organizations. Its objective is that POLST be accepted and implemented as a vital component of advance care planning in Illinois.

Author: Rachael Telleen

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