In 1991, the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care convened a team of Oregon health care leaders to design a better way to honor patient wishes near the end of life. After several years of testing, the Center for Ethics launched the Oregon POLST Program. Other states began expressing interest in Oregon’s pioneering POLST experience, and currently 21 states have endorsed POLST Programs (the most recent additions are Kansas and Missouri). In January, after 13 years of having the Center for Ethics serve as the fiscal home of the National POLST Paradigm, the National office became financially independent. The Center will continue to serve as the home of the Oregon POLST Program, with Susan Tolle as its Chair and Valerie Jimenez as its Executive Director. The Oregon POLST Program looks forward to the opportunity to deploy greater resources and energy in leading the next round of innovation and
National POLST Paradigm Policy Supports Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Signing POLST Paradigm Forms
VA Portland Health Care System Improves Submission Process to the Oregon POLST Registry
The VA Portland Health Care System no longer requires Veterans to sign a separate Release of Information (ROI) form prior to their POLST submission to the Registry. The Oregon POLST Program would like to congratulate Julia Zottola for her hard work to make this change happen!
March 3, 2017: All-City Palliative Care. David Barnard, PhD, JD will present "Gerontius's Dream: An Interpretation of Palliative Care" at Adventist Medical Center. Click here to view the event.
April 5-6, 2017: OSU Gerontology Conference: Aging Art of Living. On April 5, Susan Tolle, MD, Gwen Dayton, JD, Ruth Gulyas, Fred
Steele, MPH, JD, and Christian Hale, JD will present "POLST: Understanding Regulations, Implementing Systems Change with the Goal of Honoring Patient Preferences" at OSU. Click here to view the event.
April 27, 2017: The Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education. Stephen G. Post,
PhD will present "Why Deeply Forgetful People Matter: Hope, Self-Identity and Health Care Ethics for Individuals with Dementia" at the OHSU Auditorium. Click here to view the event.