How Advanced Care Planning Can Improve Care

Presented by the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, Jon David and Elizabeth A. Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law, School of Social Work, and Illinois Public Media (WILL)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Presence Covenant Medical Center Auditorium

Bernard Hammes, PhD Director, Medical Humanities and Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System

Dr. Bernard Hammes is the director of Medical Humanities and Respecting Choices® for Gundersen Health System headquartered in La Crosse, Wisc. His work has been primarily focused on improving care for patients with serious illness and he has developed institutional policies and practices, staff education and patient/community education with a special focus on advance care planning.

This work has resulted in the Respecting Choices program being awarded the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award in 2015. He served as editor for the book Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most.

A winner of the PDIA Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012, Dr. Hammes is a professor of Clinical Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an associate adjunct professor of the Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.