New Jerseyans nearing end-of-life undergo more aggressive medical treatments than patients in any other state, studies show, and in facilities where care costs an average of 20 percent more than elsewhere.
And despite their widespread wishes to avoid dying in a healthcare facility, only three-in-ten state residents pass away in the comfort of their own home, in part because few have clearly documented or shared with family how they want to spend their final days.
The gap between patient goals for end-of-life care and actual outcomes is the focus of growing attention nationwide and in New Jersey where some 1.35 million seniors reside. Our state has the ninth largest senior population of any state – a group that’s growing as Baby Boomers age.
To improve the system, Garden State communities are urging families to plan ahead and document their wishes, and the state and healthcare providers are working to build a coordinated system to document these desires.
But 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.
Join us for NJ Spotlight’s first healthcare roundtable event of 2019 as we discuss with an expert panel how to evolve and improve end-of-life care in the state.
Michael Maron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holy Name Medical Center
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
Lilo Stainton, Healthcare Reporter, NJ Spotlight