Respecting Choices

“Rose Seavolt has more than 25 years of extensive clinical and care management experience with individuals across the lifespan from neonates to geriatrics within inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. She has held various education, management, and leadership positions keeping a focus on person-centered and family-oriented care. Seavolt participated in the Michigan Primary Care Transformation (MiPCT), a national research project as a Pediatric Case Manager, Regional Clinical Lead, and Master Trainer.

Empowering patients and their loved ones by giving them a voice in the care they receive is Seavolt’s passion. A draw to promote person-centered, family-centered care contributed to her active role in advance care planning. She was instrumental in the development and systemwide implementation of all three stages of Respecting Choices advance care planning system within a large health system. She actively contributed to the development and instruction of the Respecting Choices Shared Decision Making in Serious Illness (SDMSI) curriculum for provider professional development.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
— Abraham Lincoln

Hobbies and Interests
Zumba, travel, making Cracker Box ornaments, being on/by warm water “

“Pat Tadel has more than 20 years’ experience in hospice and palliative care and holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a post-Master of Science in Nursing/Palliative Care; she has completed a post-doctoral certificate in medical ethics. Tadel’s clinical roles have included hospice case management, as well as extensive experience in administration and leadership, including clinical and business operations management. Her commitment to engagement in the patient narrative is seen in her work supporting special patient populations, the needs of veterans at end of life, faith community outreach, and improving access for underserved populations.

Tadel was involved in the creation and adoption of a POLST form in Illinois and the development of related patient education materials. She was an active participant in National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) workgroups. She received intensive training through the National Institute for Jewish Hospice Accreditation.

Tadel is an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer, a national speaker on facilitation, bioethics mediation, end-of-life bioethics, and active in health disparity ethics.

“Being invited into the disruptive work of shifting care to be more inclusive, more person-centered is an exciting opportunity that fuels me each time I engage with a new team. I learn every day from those willing to take on the hard work of culture shift. How important and how powerful the work of advance care planning is for overall health or an organization.”

Hobbies and Interests
Modern quilting, knitting, reading (especially Science Fiction or complex mystery/detective stories), hiking, being on the water (any water!), never enough time as a Nana, spending time with family and friends”

“Joyce Hart Smerick became an independent contractor for Respecting Choices in 2015, serving as a First Steps Faculty Consultant.

In 2012, Smerick joined the Wisconsin Medical Society as program coordinator for the new Honoring Choices Wisconsin initiative. As ACP Faculty, she educated and supported over 30 healthcare organizations across the state as they developed and expanded their advance care planning programs. She then became director of Honoring Choices Wisconsin.

Prior to her experience with Honoring Choices Wisconsin, Smerick worked in the field of continuing medical education at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

With more than 20 years of experience as a childbirth educator, she is thankful to be working in an area that promotes person-centered care.

“I feel privileged to be working with passionate, dedicated, creative people across the country who are committed to person-centered care.”

Hobbies and Interests
Home improvement projects, travel”