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In-Hospital Programming with Action-Oriented Goals

Tracy Grafton, a hospice and palliative care social worker at JFK Medical Center, created a unique program called “Coffee and Conversation” in an effort to raise awareness on end of life advance care planning and ensure better stewardship of patient’s wishes. The goals of the pilot program include increasing the number of patients with completed, up-to-date advance directives and/or POLST (physician orders for life-sustaining treatment) documents in their medical record; and improving the hospital’s internal system for storing and accessing these completed documents, and making sure they’re honored.

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