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To aid patients, Sutter Health employees queried about end-of-life care wishes
Sacramento Bee

When she filled out her advance health care directive form the other day and had it notarized, Patti Pinkerton had no trouble defining her end-of-life wishes. “I said I want two expert opinions before I’m declared brain-dead,” said Pinkerton, 40, a registered dietitian at Sutter Solano Medical Center. In the past week, palliative care teams at the region’s seven Sutter Health hospitals have spent time promoting their “Having the Talk” program among Sutter employees, educating them on the importance of talking to their families about their end-of-life care wishes and then putting in place the appropriate documents that set out those preferences.