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Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Webinar Series: A Model for Patient-Centered Care near End-of-Life

**Please note that this is a NON-ICAHN event and is sponsored by the IHA

Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Webinar Series: A Model for Patient-Centered Care near End-of-Life


Difficult conversations with patients and their families are at the center of Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining
Treatment (POLST). Compassionate and comprehensive dialogue can bolster advance planning and ensure the
patients’ goals are met. The POLST program is designed to protect patient autonomy and ensure appropriate
treatment for seriously ill patients, a key consideration in during the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-part webinar
series co-hosted by IHA and POLST Illinois will unpack Illinois’ POLST program and demonstrate how hospitals and
health systems can use the program to improve end-of-life care.

The 2020 POLST Illinois Committee—composed of academic, clinical and policy experts—will take you on a
journey from the program’s inception in 2000 to today’s technological components. They’ll explore the power of
the POLST form in honoring patients’ wishes, and essential communication techniques to allow patients to make
informed POLST decisions. You’ll also learn how POLST differs from other legal healthcare directives.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask POLST experts questions and engage in an open discussion on the
complexities of the POLST program.

Target Audience:

This event is open to all IHA members. Invite your staff to join this series – including your Chief Medical Officer,
Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Quality and Safety, Emergency Department Staff, and frontline staff that work in,
palliative/geriatric medicine, care coordination, and other related disciplines.


Each webinar in this complimentary series will held be from 12:00-1:00pm CT and facilitated by Ellen Byrne, MPP,
public policy consultant for the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:

 Tuesday, September 29: Paul Hutchison, MD, MA, HEC-C, will provide a detailed overview of the POLST
program, including its history and benefits. Hutchison is assistant professor of medicine and bioethics in
the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

 Friday, October 16: Nooshig Luz Salvador, MD, MSOM, FACP, HMDC will review communication
techniques for how providers can have a conversation around the use of the POLST form and the impact
COVID-19 has had on the program. Salvador is the system associate medical director at Edward-Elmhurst
Health in Naperville.

 Tuesday, October 27: Chelsey Patten, D.Be will discuss the use of technology to support the POLST
program and provide an opportunity for open discussion. Patten is senior ethicist at OSF HealthCare Saint
Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

To participate in one or more of the webinars please click here to register!    https://web.cvent.com/event/531a35ee-698e-4d1b-9fdd-a7575ab985fa/websitePage:13be520e-5d29-4bf8-9653-e9b1d6fb37ac?RefId=29Sept20-27Oct20POLST&rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

If you have any questions, please reach out to your IHA Team!