convos of a lifetimeIt is one of the most important health care decisions any patient can make, but for many patients it is a conversation that may never take place: what kind of care would you like to receive at the end of your life? On April 24, the Health Collaborative, the Health Council,  and Hospice of Cincinnati joined together to host a special event on advance care planning where health care providers participated in an interactive and inspiring session to learn new skills on how best to respect and document every patient’s end-of-life wishes.”We know that many people have certain wishes on how they would like to be cared for at the end of their life, but oftentimes they do not have that conversation with their loved-ones and health care providers,” said Sheri Vogel, project manager of the Cincinnati Care Transitions project. “Our goal is to encourage every individual to start that conversation, and we want to make sure our health care providers are prepared to respect every end-of-life wish that any individual may have.”More than 160 guests attended the Advance Care Planning initiative, including nurse managers, care coordinators, social workers and other direct patient care staff. Together, they gathered to learn more about specific end-of-life treatment guidance surrounding Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and advance directives such as living wills, donor registries, health care power of attorneys and do-not-resuscitate instructions. For more information and to learn how to get involved, be sure to visit Conversations of a Lifetime or contact Sheri Vogel.