Swedish is committed to improving end of life care for patients, including assuring access to effective pain and symptom management, and expanding access to hospice and palliative care. Swedish also recognizes and respects patient autonomy and the right of patients to make choices related to their care at the end of life.
Initiative 1000, Washington's version of the Death With Dignity Act, became effective March 4, 2009. Information for Patients, a brochure prepared in part by the Washington State Hospital Association, can help answer your questions. Other patient education resources are available from the Washington State Department of Health and Compassion & Choices of Washington.
To understand Swedish's position on the Death With Dignity Act, you can read the full text of our Position Statement.
Learn more about end of life care at Swedish: Frequently Asked Questions.