Dr. Patricia A. Bomba, Univera Healthcare vice president and medical director for geriatrics, recently received the 2014 Carol Selinske Founder’s Award by the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State for her work the terminally ill and their families.
Bomba, featured in April in a Refresh “In the Field” story, is a nationally recognized expert on advance care planning and end-of-life issues. The award recognizes her work in the creation of the state’s Medical Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form, and the first eMOLST that is housed in a patient’s electronic medical records.
MOLST is a document that patients with advanced chronic illness and frailty complete with their doctor. Bomba’s efforts helped MOLST become a legally recognized medical order form in New York, joining the health care proxy and New York State Living Will as legally binding tools for end-of-life care planning. Information on advance care planning is available free at CompassionAndSupport.org.