At the time of inception, the Community-Wide End-of-Life/Palliative Care Advisory Group was charged to serve as a steering committee setting direction for, overseeing and ensuring implementation of a set of broad end-of-life/palliative care projects that result in quality improvements in the lives of those facing death. The Advisory Group sought to replicate its efforts and provide clinical and evidence-based research on providing care at the end-of-life.
The Advisory Group felt strongly that a focus should be placed on the development of concrete projects that support the vision. Through the simultaneous launch of sponsorship of the Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Upstate New York in 2001, the opportunity to collaborate with health care professionals across Upstate New York in the development and implementation was seized. A “Build It Once. Use It Multiple Times.” strategy was applied and the vision for Upstate New York became clear.
Thus, collaborative work on concrete projects with the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) faculty who share the mission of providing high quality, person-centered, effective care at the end-of-life played a critical role in replicating our efforts in Upstate New York.