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Respecting Choices® National Share the Experience 2018

This week, Respecting Choices® (RC) hosted the 2nd National Share the Experience Conference (NSTE18) in Bloomington, Minnesota. This powerful event brought together more than 200 frontline healthcare leaders, including providers, health systems, academics, and many others. This year’s conference emphasized the importance of thoughtful leadership and collaboration, and featured seasoned healthcare executives such as Jeff Thompson, CEO Emeritus, Gundersen Health System, alongside renowned patient advocates like Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, John A. Hartford Foundation.

Since the inaugural National Share the Experience, RC has continued its mission of transforming the culture of healthcare by integrating and disseminating best practices to achieve person-centered care. Moreover, it completed its transition from Gundersen Health System to its new home with C-TAC Innovations, the implementation arm of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). RC is now an independent 501(c)3 affiliate of C-TAC. Most importantly, RC has expanded its practitioner focused curriculum, introducing the Shared Decision Making in Serious Illness (SDMSI) and Building Physician Skills in Basic Advance Care Planning programs, bridging important gaps in an integrated and comprehensive approach to person-centered care.

NTSE18 brought together some of the leading change agents in the person-centered care movement (among them many C-TAC members), including:

  • Cathy Wurzer, Host and Anchor, “Morning Edition” Minnesota Public Radio News
  • Karen Peterson, BSN, Executive Director, Honoring Choices Minnesota, Twin Cities Medical Society
  • John R. Maycroft, MPP, Senior Program Manager, Optum; Rifky Tkatch, PhD, Associate Director, Optum
  • Niel Rosen, JD, PhD, Program Director, Professionalism, Ethics & Humanities, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sally Kaplan, Program Director, What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life
  • Phil Rodgers, MD, FAAHPM, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, Executive Director, National POLST Paradigm
  • Sarah Hackenbracht, MPA, Director, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association
  • Abi Katz, DO, MS, Medical Director, Fidelity Health Care
  • Ryan Van Wert, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vynca
  • Jessica B. Martinson, MS, Director, Clinical Education and Professional Development, Washington State Medical Association
  • Rebecca Sudore, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Brianna Kirkland, RN, Senior VP, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Arul Thangavel, MD, Vice President of Clinical Strategy, WiserCare
  • Lynda Tang, DO, Chair, Department of Palliative Medicine, The Vancouver Clinic
  • Barbara Rose, MPH, RN, Senior Project Administrator, Community Programs, Hospice of Cincinnati
  • Allan Zuckoff, PhD, VP, Clinical Program Development, Vital Decisions
  • Jean R. Slutsky, PA, MSPH, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI®)

This year’s NSTE was designed with the themes of leadership and collaboration at the forefront, highlighting a new chapter in RC’s work. The event explored how to advance person-centered care by connecting national partners with existing RC users. Attendees had the opportunity to dig into the strategic and practical elements of the most effective person-centered care programs, learn about successful models of community organization, and hear personal stories of those affected by work being done in this space. By pairing messages from national leaders in person-centered care with the experiences of those that use RC programs every day, NTSE18 provided attendees with:

  • Knowledge of two or more advance care planning (ACP) or shared decision-making (SDM) interventions that demonstrate person-centered care (PCC) practices
  • Intent to change teaching practices by applying two new educational strategies that promote the delivery of PCC for individuals, families, and professionals
  • Knowledge of three system changes that impact the long-term sustainability of ACP and SDM person-centered outcomes
  • Ways to utilize collaborative principles across organizations and communities that improve access to ACP and SDM

The gains made at NSTE18 will help RC’s friends and partners drive another year of transformation, and confirm RC as the gold standard of advance care planning systems implementation for clinical and community settings. To learn more about NTSE18, download the program book and explore presenter materials. Photos from the event coming soon.


For more information about RC, its programs or upcoming events, please contact Matthew Isbell at (misbell@respectingchoices.org).

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