PeaceHealth Partners to Translate Advance Care Planning Documents to Punjabi

Punjabi speakers across the country now have an advance care planning document in their own language, thanks to PeaceHealth’s foundation and caregivers

Submitted by PeaceHealth

In an effort to support the growing population of Punjabi-speakers in northwest Washington, PeaceHealth caregivers aided in the translation of the Five Wishes® advance care planning document into Punjabi—making it available nationwide.

Through generous funding from the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and a partnership with Aging with Dignity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people create advance care directives, the wheels were set in motion to expand access to advance care planning documents. “Being able to share your wishes with loved ones when you cannot speak for yourself is so powerful; being able to do so in your first language is even more powerful,” shared Hilary Walker, program coordinator for advance care planning at PeaceHealth.

Hilary Walker (left), advance care planning coordinator, with Anjala Farook (center), patient access representative, and Anjala’s daughter, Anisha (right). The three worked together to ensure advance care planning resources would be available in Punjabi. Photo courtesy PeaceHealth

For the first time ever, Five Wishes® is now in Punjabi and is being made widely available across the country. It’s the newest language in a catalog of nearly 30 languages available. Copies of the document can be obtained from the Five Wishes® website, www.fivewishes.org.

Additional information about PeaceHealth’s support of advance care planning can be found atwww.peacehealth.org/advance-care-planning.

About PeaceHealth

Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center provides quality care for northwest Washington with its full-service 253-bed hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics. Key services in Bellingham include comprehensive cardiology, oncology, orthopedic and rehabilitation services and a joint venture outpatient imaging service. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

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