About the site
Most patients who live with serious illness (and their family members) will typically need to make a number of important decisions about the kinds of medical treatment that is provided in this time. This website is devoted to providing patients and their loved ones with advice about these decisions, offered by Clinical Advisors whose unique perspectives derive from devoting their professional lives to caring for patients with serious illness.
About the author
Jim Hoefler, PhD, is a professor of political science at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He has written two books (DeathRight and Managing Death) and numerous articles on caring for patients with serious illness, and teaches interdisciplinary courses on this subject at Dickinson College and at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, DK. Jim has served on the Biomedical Ethics Committee of the Carlisle Regional Medical Center since 1993 and has been a board member at the Partnership for Better Health in Carlisle since 2009.
This project was completed in collaboration with public broadcasting station
WITF (Harrisburg, PA) as part of WITF’s Transforming Health initiative. The project was funded by Dickinson College with additional support from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Special thanks to the Dickinson (’17) students in my Policy Management senior seminar for their thoughtful review and feedback on this site: Mark Adams, Stephanie Applegate, Seth Danels, Will Hornsby, Isabel Lamb, Kyle Santorine, Wes Smith, Cora Swanson, Polly Terzian, and Sophie Waine.