General WV Center for End-of-Life Care FAQs

What is the WV Center for End-of-Life Care?

The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care is a nonprofit, state agency created with the purpose of educating and assisting WV residents (Patients) and health care providers with advance care planning.

When was the WV Center for End-of-Life Care formed and what is the mission statement?

Established in 2002 by the WV Legislature, the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care provides coordination, education, and resources so that West Virginians will 1) have their preferences for care at the end of life identified and respected through advance care planning, 2) die in the setting of their choice with the option of palliative care and hospice, and 3) die comfortably with the availability of appropriate pain and symptom management.

Why are non-health care professionals referred to as "Patients" by the WV Center for End-of-Life Care and e-Directive Registry?

To avoid confusion, the WV Center for End-of-Life Care and e-Directive Registry separate education materials and resources into two general categories based on health care provider status.  Non-health care providers are referred to as "Patients" simply because not all of the individuals who utilize the WV Center for End-of-Life Care's resources are WV residents; some out-of-state individuals also seek the WV Center for End-of-Life Care for information.  By separating the general population into "Patients" and "Providers," it is easier for individuals to find the resources that directly apply to them.

Is the WV Center for End-of-Life Care hospice, health care, body/organ donation, home health care, or another health related organization?

No.  The WV Center for End-of-Life Care is a nonprofit state agency focused on coordination, education, and resources.  No part of the organization involves treating patients in health care related tasks.  To locate health care related services near you, contact your local National 2-1-1 hotline for more assistance.