Highlights

Mid-1990s

The Sacramento-based Center for Healthcare Decisions engages over 1,000 people in a series of public discussions about end-of-life care, sparking hospitals to make changes in their policies and processes.

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) begins to grow out of this community-based project in Sacramento, California.

1997

A statewide group of healthcare professionals, long-term care associates, state agencies and consumers propose ways to improve end-of-life care in nursing homes, starting the task force that would become CCCC.

The task force produces the Extreme Care, Human Options Recommendations (ECHO) Recommendations.

1998

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community-State Partnership Initiative, the task force becomes the California Coalition for Compassionate Care.

2000

The ECHO Nursing Facility Recommendations are published.

Focusing primarily on advance care planning, many local coalitions are formed throughout the state. During this period, there were 23 local coalitions in California.

2005

Thinking Ahead is developed, enabling people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves and stay in control of their lives through the very end.

2007

With support from the California HealthCare Foundation, CCCC makes a commitment to establish POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in California.

2008

CCCC works to pass California Assembly Bill (AB) 3000 that authorizes the use of POLST throughout the state.

2009

AB 3000 goes into effect, CCCC becomes the lead agency for POLST in California, and facilitates a uniform adoption of POLST through a network of local coalitions, establishes a statewide POLST task force, and develop tools and resources for POLST implementation.

2010

After being a project of the California Hospital Association since its inception, CCCC becomes an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and changes its name to the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

CCCC creates Building Bridges: Cultural Diversity and End-of-Life Care.

Compassion and Respect toward the End of Life (CARE) Recommendations are published, guiding nursing homes in increasing their capacity to provide compassionate, quality end-of-life care that is consistent with resident’s wishes.

2012

The first annual Compassionate Care Leadership Awards are given to recognize and celebrate the contributions that community members have made to palliative medicine and compassionate end-of-life care in California.

2013

CCCC’s POLST Train-the-Trainer program reached the milestone of over 900 participants trained in having the POLST goals of care conversation and how to teach others.