California’s End of Life Act

CITRUS VALLEY HEALTH PARTNERS’ FACILITIES WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN
THE END OF LIFE OPTION ACT

The recent passage of AB X2-15, the California State “End of Life Option Act,” has raised many questions for physicians, pharmacists, other health care providers and hospitals statewide.
After thoughtful discussions with both medical staffs, the Board of Directors, employees and patients, Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) has chosen for its facilities, including Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Citrus Valley Medical Center – Inter-Community and Queen of the Valley campuses, Citrus Valley Hospice/Home Health and its outpatient settings, to not participate in the California State “End of Life Option Act.” This means that CVHP’s employees and health care providers, including the physicians on the CVMC and FPH medical staffs, will not assist a patient in ending his/her life while on the premises owned or under the management or direct control of CVHP while acting within the course and scope of their employment or contract with CVHP.
CVHP will continue to provide compassionate, high quality care to all our patients. Any person wishing to receive life-ending medication while a patient in our hospitals will be assisted with a transfer to another facility of the patient’s choice. The transfer will assure continuity of care.
CVHP believes its providers have an obligation to openly discuss the patient’s concerns, unmet needs, feelings, and desires about the dying process. Providers should seek to learn the meaning behind the patient’s questions and help the patient understand the range of available options, including but not limited to comfort care, hospice care, and pain control. Ultimately, CVHP’s goal is to help patients make informed decisions about end-of-life care.

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