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Envisioning Better End-of-Life Care: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

Can people’s final days be improved with clearer documentation of their wishes and a more coordinated approach involving families and healthcare professionals?

Michael Maron
Michael Maron, president and CEO of Holy Name Medical Center

New Jerseyans nearing the end of life undergo more aggressive medical treatments than patients in any other state, studies show, and in facilities where care costs an average 20 percent more than elsewhere.

Only three in 10 state residents pass away in the comfort of their own home, despite the wishes of many to avoid dying in a healthcare facility; that’s partly because few have clearly documented how they want to spend their final days or shared that information with family.

The gap between patient goals for end-of-life care and actual outcomes is the focus of growing attention nationwide and in New Jersey whose senior population is 1.35 million.

Adelisa Perez
Adelisa Perez, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

While state and healthcare providers are working to build a coordinated system to document people’s end-of-life desires, progress has been slow, complicated by personal and cultural concerns about discussing death, technological challenges, and limited training and incentives for the medical professionals involved.

At NJ Spotlight’s first healthcare roundtable of 2019, held at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus on March 21, an expert panel discussed how to evolve and improve end-of-life care in the state.

Keynote

Michael Maron, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Holy Name Medical Center

Panelists

Cathy Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey
Hospital Association

Corinne A. Carey, Esq., Senior Campaign Director, Compassion & Choices

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Commissioner, State of New Jersey Department of Health

Christopher Kellogg, MSW, LSW, Founder, Nightingale NJ

Adelisa Perez, MSN, RN-BC, Director of Quality, New Jersey Health Care
Quality Institute

Moderator

Lilo H. Stainton, Healthcare Reporter, NJ Spotlight


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