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We had an opportunity to check-in with Ann-Marie Alameddin of Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. At AzHHA Ann-Marie is President and Chief Executive Officer bringing voices from across the Arizona healthcare ecosystem to the table to solve the problems facing patients and healthcare organizations across the state.
“Within hospitals and healthcare associations such as ours here in Arizona, the goal is to bring all the parties to the table to foster a conversation that puts patients first and elevates our ability to serve our communities.” One area that Alameddin is particularly interested in convening voices around is thoughtful end of life conversations. “End of life is understandably a difficult topic for us to address, in so many ways it’s what we’re working tirelessly to avoid; but it is the reality of how each of our stories will end. I believe we’re doing a disservice by leaving it unaddressed.”
In our conversation Ann-Marie shared several ways we can normalize and bring greater care to these end of life conversations:
In many ways this focus of work is full circle for Alameddin, who studied bioethics. “We are all patients at some point in our life and we are caregivers and loved ones to family and friends at the end of their life. We have a moral and ethical obligation as healthcare administrators and influencers to create a healthcare system that supports medically appropriate and compassionate care, and tailored to the patient wishes.” shared Alameddin. To that end AzHHA will be learning from similar programs in other states for the most impactful ways to convene and grow consensus that becomes actionable within hospitals in Arizona.