About the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey

Working together…

The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ (GOCCNJ) is an interdisciplinary partnership of leaders representing healthcare providers and systems, government agencies, and community organizations. Our mission is to encourage patients, doctors and family members to talk about what type of care they want when facing a serious illness and to document their preferences in a care plan. We want to ensure that everyone involved in making difficult decisions knows the patient’s goals and wishes, so that the treatment they receive can be aligned with their individual preferences.

…to add quality to life

Today, patients in NJ will often see more doctors and undergo more tests during their final months of life than those in any other state. This can result in burdensome or unwanted care and reduced quality of life for both patients and families.

Our vision is to set a new standard of care in NJ by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families to make medical decisions that reflect the individual’s preferences—so patients receive the care they want and no less, and the care they need and no more.

Founding Members

Healthcare Association of NJ (HCANJ)

A non-profit trade association representing long term care providers who believe the individuals they serve are entitled to a supportive environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered…

Healthcare Quality Strategies Inc. (HQSI)

We provide help providers, payers, and members of the healthcare community improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes in the most cost-effective way…

Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ

A non-profit association, which advocates for home care and hospice agencies and provides critical services to help seniors, disabled and children remain independent at home with loved ones…

Leading Age New Jersey

We are part of an association of 6,000 not for profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for the aging…

Medical Society of NJ (MSNJ)

The organization and its members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship…

New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)

NJHA is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit trade association dedicated to hospitals, health systems and their patients…

NJ Association of Health Plans (NJAHP)

NJAHP is a non-profit corporation to foster understanding in the value that health contribute to the N health care system…

NJ Healthcare Quality Institute (NJHCQI)

The NJHCQI is the only independent, nonpartisan, multi-stakeholder advocate for health care quality in NJ…



NJ Palliative Care APN Coalition

4Step iCare Plan

An Individualized End of Life Care Plan

Our 4Step iCare Plan is a personalized, simple, 4-step approach that helps you navigate through challenging medical decisions. It requires participation from patients and families as well as the healthcare provider (HCP).
Learn more with our video series and helpful tools


Make your wishes known. A NJ POLST form will inform your healthcare providers about what treatment you do and do not want.
Watch our video series about how to fill a NJ POLST
Learn more about and download a NJ POLST form

Get Involved!

 As an agent of change. Join the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey to help improve end of life care for patients and families.
As a supporter of our efforts. We depend on the generosity of our donors to provide critical information to patients and families—this information is provided at no cost when it’s needed most.