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Advanced Care Planning

Speakers: Sarah Ascher, M.S. & Jill Putt, M.S.
October 20, 2021
4:30 - 6:00PM (AZ time)

Making health care decisions for yourself or a loved one who is no longer capable of doing so can be overwhelming. It's so important to get a clear idea about preferences and desires while you are still able to make decisions about your medical and end-of-life care. Sarah and Jill from Arizona End of Life Care Partnership anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona will be speaking about advance care planning to help you and those closest to you prepare for your future health care decisions.

About our Speakers

Sarah Ascher, M.S.

Sarah Super Ascher, M.S. Associate Vice President for the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership (EOLCP) anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA). Since Sarah came to the EOLCP six months after its inception, it has evolved to include 18 Grantee Partner organizations; 29 Investing Partners; a core infrastructure team, and over 350 stakeholders. She leads the EOLCP in its mission to enhance the way we live by fundamentally changing the way we talk about death and its vision is to ensure people receive the care they desire at the end of their lives. It is now a model of collaboration and impact. Prior to her current role at UWTSA, Sarah worked in health care systems for over 35 years, from clinical and program development work in Audiology and Neurorehabilitation to hospital leadership for Patient Experience. Sarah has held previous positions of Director of Patient Experience (Sidra Medicine in Qatar), Director of Service Excellence (Banner University Medicine-Tucson), Director of Patient Relations (University Medical Center-Tucson and South Campuses); and has served on the Boards of Directors for a number of community-based organizations. Sarah’s passion for this work arises not only from her professional experience and focus on Patient Experience but also from a personal history of early losses and perspectives from different entry points into the End of Life Care ecosystem: Sarah experienced the death of her 51-year-old mother to cancer at home when 15 years old; the death of her18-year-old brother from suicide after one week on life support; and caring for her father in Tucson during his 7-year dementia journey, from diagnosis until death. Sarah is passionate about bridging the worlds of health care and community, professionally and personally. For more information about the EOLCP please go to azendoflifecare.org

 

Jill Putt, M.S.

Jill Putt, M.S. Operations Director, Arizona End of Life Care Partnership United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Jill Putt currently serves as the Operations Director for the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership (EOLCP) anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Partnership and maintains relationships with investing partners, grantee partners, and stakeholders. She oversees the work of the six Action Teams that guide the work of the Partnership. Jill is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Prior to United Way, she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. For the first ten years, she worked with patients and their families in the inpatient rehabilitation unit. She worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Manager and assisted with adjustment to disability and discharge planning. For 26 years, she worked as a Case Manager in the outpatient rehabilitation unit working with patients with a variety of diagnoses including Parkinson’s, Stroke, Amputation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Lymphedema. Her passion has always been to provide patient centered care that focuses on the unique needs of the individual. Jill’s desire to help people with difficult life transitions combined with her attention to detail were the catalyst for joining the EOLCP team in 2019. In her current role, she brings her knowledge of health care systems; her insight into people’s needs during challenges and crises; her understanding of the importance of the multi-disciplinary team approach; and personal experiences with caregiving and loss of friends and family members. Currently, she draws together her past experience with her growing knowledge of end-of-life planning to support a holistic multi-pronged approach to planning for the inevitable last moments of life.

Please note we are taking unlimited seat registrations. We have 98 available spots and they are first come first available.

We ask that you plan to sign in early so we can promptly begin. (Arizona Time)

We, also, will mute all attendees so the presenter can be heard by everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!
Thank you.