Our mission is to strengthen the communication, collaboration, and connection between the health care system and communities, and between patients and clinicians, to support what matters most to everyone seeking care, especially people living with serious illness.
The Massachusetts Patient and Community Review Board is designed to provide a thoughtful space for community members to share their insights and experience with healthcare researchers and program developers as they start new initiatives.
Last week, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) announced that small-scale clinical testing of the POLST Program elements will begin in June. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, along with their local partners in EMS, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and outpatient practices, will lead the clinical testing phase.
It’s with great sadness that we share the news that our Coalition’s first Executive Director, Richard Averbuch, passed away last week. Richard led the Coalition from 2016 to 2019 –he took it from an idea to an organization. And he did it all with a spirit of kindness, humility, collaboration, and care.