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WWGH Will Not Participate in the Death with Dignity Act

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The recent passage of Initiative 1000 -- the Washington State Death with Dignity Act -- has raised many questions for physicians, pharmacists, counselors, and hospitals statewide.

After careful consideration, Walla Walla General Hospital has chosen not to participate under the Washington State Death with Dignity Act. This means that WWGH physicians, employees, independent contractors and volunteers will not assist a patient in ending their life. In addition, no provider will participate on the premises of the hospital or in property owned by the hospital.

All providers will respond to a patient's query about life-ending medication with openness and compassion. We believe our providers have an obligation to openly discuss the patient's concerns, unmet needs, feeling and desires about the dying process. Our goal is to help our providers seek to learn the meaning behind the patient's questions and help the patient understand the range of available options, including but not limited to, comfort care, hospice care, and pain control. Ultimately, our goal is to help patients make informed decisions about end-of-life care.