Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito, legendary actors and NJ natives team up with the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ) to help individuals at highest risk for complications from COVID-19. These Hollywood greats and life-long friends reunite virtually during the pandemic to increase awareness about POLST– Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment — an important tool that empowers people to express their wishes and treatment preferences in case of a medical crisis.
As we are living in an unprecedented time, NOW is the time to discuss, decide and document your wishes for medical care. Please, help our medical staff offer heroic interventions to those who wish to have it, so we don’t burden those who wish to avoid it.
There is a critical need to improve the quality of the health care provider-patient dialogue at the end of a person’s life. A grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation was utilized to establish highly- targeted local initiatives to help educate health care providers and patients about the need for high quality communication about end-of-life care.
With nursing home residents making up 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey, it’s time to deploy the national guard to any long-term care facility in peril, according to an open letter from David Barile, MD.
“Now is the time for individuals to take an active role in their health by making decisions about future medical care. Please, help medical staff offer heroic interventions to those who wish to have it, so they don’t burden those who wish to avoid it,” implores Dr. Barile.