The mission of the POLST Illinois Committee is to guide the development, acceptance, implementation, and evaluation of “Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (POLST) as a vital component of advance care planning for Illinoisans, in accordance with Illinois statutes.


The vision of POLST IL 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 IL is a standing committee of the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO). IL-HPCO is committed to promoting and enhancing palliative and end-of-life care in the state of Illinois, through education, advocacy, technical and supportive services. Its mission is to expand access to exceptional palliative and end-of-life care for patients and families living with serious illness.

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National POLST focuses on creating consistency among and promoting the policies and guidance approved by POLST Programs like POLST IL . It also monitors for federal legislation and policies that could impact POLST IL efforts and, where appropriate, addresses concerns or provides support. The mission of National POLST is to advance POLST through stewardship, education, advocacy, support for state efforts, and national leadership.

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Conflict of Interest Statement

POLST Illinois may accept gifts, engage with, and accept support from any entity committed to its mission, vision, essential values and core programmatic objectives. POLST Illinois will not enter any engagement that compromises its integrity, violates any federal, state or local law, is financially unsound, could expose POLST Illinois or its parent organization the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO) to unacceptable liability or other adverse consequences, or is contrary to the goals of National POLST, POLST Illinois or IL-HPCO.

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Committee Information

The POLST Illinois Committee consists of volunteers from various health care and social service disciplines across the state. Members may represent hospitals, hospices, the state medical society, medical systems, faith organizations, EMS, long-term care and assisted living organizations.

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Since its inception in 2012, the all-volunteer POLST Illinois Committee has made impressive progress, including:

Partnerships include

Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Medical Society, EMS Illinois Medical Directors and Advisory Councils, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, Illinois Office of Health Information Technology, Leading Age, Illinois Academy of F amily Physicians, Illinois Catholic Healthcare Association, University of Illinois Hospital, University of Illinois School of Public Health, SIU School of Medicine, DePaul University, Illinois Health & Hospital Association and Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council