Goals of Care Coalition of NJ Centers of Excellence

Pursuing excellence.

The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ, is proud to partner with leading skilled nursing facilities to establish Centers of Excellence for end-of-life care.

The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ Centers of Excellence program is designed to help skilled-nursing facilities eliminate burdensome care, improve quality of life, and ensure end-of-life treatment focuses on patients’ individual goals. The program was created by experts in geriatrics and palliative medicine to improve end-of-life care throughout NJ.

We can help.

The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ Centers of Excellence program uses a multidisciplinary approach to promote high-quality communication between patients, families, and health care providers on advance care planning along with valuable resources, training, and tools for your facility.

The program has 3 main components: in-service training and video tutorials for staff, video tutorials for medical decision makers, and screening tools to help identify patients entering the final phase of life. Training topics include, the 4-Step iCare Plan to enhance doctor-patient dialogue; triggers for palliative medicine; the NJ POLST form; understanding DNR and DNH orders; understanding dementia and hospice care; and more. An iPad-like tablet device will be provided to each participating facility to view the videos and access relevant documents. Additionally, helpful fact sheets are provided for your distribution to staff and patients.

A mark of distinction.

The Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey has created a certification protocol that recognizes the successful completion of this training in each participating facility. This certification can help showcase a facility’s commitment to providing end-of-life care that respects the values and wishes of patients and their loved ones.

Learn more.

See how working together as a Center of Excellence can improve care for the seriously ill in your facility and throughout NJ. The Centers of Excellence program began in 2016 and since then has been implemented in 12 skilled-nursing facilities throughout NJ. Help us achieve our goal of reaching all skilled-nursing facilities in NJ by 2025 to raise the standard for end-of-life care statewide.

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4Step iCare Plan

An Individualized End of Life Care Plan

Our 4Step iCare Plan is a simple, 4-step approach that helps patients, families, and healthcare providers navigate through challenging medical decisions.
Learn more with our video series and helpful tools


A NJ POLST form will inform your healthcare providers about the types of medical treatment you’d like to receive.
Watch our video series about the NJ POLST
Learn more and download a NJ POLST form

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 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.