Lahey Health Becomes Official Community Partner of Honoring Choices Massachusetts

Lahey Health Becomes first Healthcare System in the Commonwealth to Join Honoring Choices

October 10, 2013

Burlington, MA –Lahey Health and Honoring Choices Massachusetts announced today that Lahey Health has become the healthcare system Community Partner of Honoring Choices Massachusetts. The partnership will incorporate the Honoring Choices model in the clinical settings at Lahey Health’s acute care hospitals and affiliated provider and physician groups.

The goal of the program is to support Lahey Health clinicians in facilitating healthcare planning discussions with patients and their families, and in offering quality, personalized care throughout patients’ lives. Clinicians at Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals; Lahey Medical Center, Peabody; Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington and all Lahey Health community group practices will work in collaboration with Honoring Choices staff to develop the appropriate educational approach for patients and families as it relates to advance care planning.

“Clinicians throughout Lahey Health have long honored and respected the healthcare choices of the patients and families we are privileged to serve,” said Gregory Bazylewicz, MD, chief network development officer for Lahey Health. “Partnering with Honoring Choices Massachusetts will further our mission of delivering high-quality, high-value healthcare. This will also foster patient-clinician dialogue about the patient’s healthcare plan, ensuring that the patient and his or her wishes remain at the center of all that we do.”  

“I commend Lahey Health for their commitment to furthering the dialogue and working in partnership with their patients to ensure that patient choices and preferences for care are well defined and carefully honored,” said Ellen DiPaola, president and co-director of Honoring Choices Massachusetts. “Each of our Community Partners is committed to providing its patients and patient families with resources to be better informed, to make a personal healthcare plan, and to have greater access to quality, coordinated care in the community.”

About Lahey Health
Lahey Health is what’s next in healthcare providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It comprises nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians, providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

About Honoring Choices Massachusetts
Honoring Choices Massachusetts, co-founded by Ellen DiPaola, Esq., and Kathy Hankel, RN, MSN, is a collaborative, consumer-oriented nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive information on healthcare planning, Massachusetts planning documents, as well as an easy to follow step-by-step process for adults to make a personal healthcare plan. Honoring Choices partners with organizations in the community who share the mission of helping adults and families to engage in healthcare planning discussions and to formulate a personal healthcare plan, and who offer quality care that honors every adult’s values and choices throughout their lives.