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2008.11.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

End of Life Care is Focus of Nov. 15 Presentation

Omaha - Health professionals from Columbus, Neb., will present on POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Collaborating Commons of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Lisa Weber-Kohler, a medical social worker at Columbus Community Hospital, and Dr. Milton Zadina, a family practice physician, will present at the "Coffee, Tea and Policy" event, which is free and open to the public.

According to the national POLST Web site, “The POLST Paradigm program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.”

The POLST Paradigm has already been successfully implemented in the Columbus community and the model is now being used to develop programs in Grand Island and Kearney.

Weber-Kohler said the POLST Paradigm will take advanced care planning and end of life decision-making out of the legal arena and into the medical community.

The event is sponsored by UNO’s Lifelong Learning Initiative and Democracy Matters. For more information, call (402) 554-4897 or (402) 554-2292.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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