Prior to joining Respecting Choices®, Sandra Schellinger had over three decades of experience in a variety of administrative and clinical roles serving patients and families with serious illness in advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, and late-life research. She served in statewide advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life initiatives for the Twin Cities Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association, and Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.
Schellinger is an experienced researcher and is currently published in the areas of disease-specific advance care planning, whole person goals-of-care discussions, and use of a lay healthcare professional as an alternative care approach for patients and families living with serious advanced illness. Schellinger has been a First Steps® and Next Steps Advance Care Planning Faculty and Instructor for Respecting Choices since 2007 where she developed and implemented a system-wide advance care planning approach for Allina Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Subsequently, as an independent faculty consultant with Respecting Choices, she has assisted numerous health systems and Honoring Choices Minnesota partners to deliver a systematic approach of advance care planning.
Schellinger believes advance care planning is an ongoing process of delivering person- and family-centered care by identifying and respecting an individual’s beliefs, values, whole-person needs, and treatment preferences over the life span.
"“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson <br> “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”— George Burns"
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