HopeWest to use grant for health care planning initiative

HopeWest plans to use a $300,000 grant to fund efforts that increase the number of people who take a more active role in planning and making known their health care wishes.

HopeWest — a Grand Junction-based organization offering hospice, palliative care and grief support services in Western Colorado — received the grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.

“Too often, people do not have these conversations and do not document their wishes. When a health care crises arises, family members are distraught and don’t know which health care options their loved ones would have wanted,” said Chrsty Whitney, president and chief executive officer of HopeWest.

The initiative will include the development of standardized advance care planning forms and reference guides along with recognizable folders to hold that documentation; the creation of sample policies and procedures for physician offices; continuing education for accountants, attorneys and physicians; and community education events held in partnership with the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force.

HopeWest will collaborate on the initiative with health care organizations, emergency medical responders, attorneys and other professionals.

“We appreciate HopeWest’s active commitment to engaging Coloradans in their health and health care through advance care planning,” said Dara Hessee, senior program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation.