Martha Hnatiuk is a registered nurse who began her career at the bedside with an affinity to care for the elderly. A desire to expand her understanding of how we care for and relate to one another resulted in further study. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Communications from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Philosophy from Wayne State University. She taught critical thinking at Wayne State and healthcare ethics for the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Working on the consultation team at Oakwood Hospital’s Clinical Ethics Department (presently Beaumont Health), Martha both supported and facilitated conversations with patients, family, and healthcare agents who were dealing with the difficult deliberations around end of life treatment options. The experience greatly influenced her belief in the value of shared communication and how discussion needs to take place between all key participants before a medical crisis arises.
Martha has been a speaker throughout Metro-Detroit on the subject of advance medical directives. She is one of the principles in the revision of the governor’s award winning ‘My Voice…My Choice’® advance directive packet and is also a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Martha has participated in various conferences addressing healthcare planning in conjunction with communities of faith. Past community affiliations include being on the boards of Hospice of Michigan (Southeast Regional) and the Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan (MERN). She is currently a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).
Now, as co-founder of Mosaic Connections with Ann Caulfield-Cook, Martha is confident that they can provide a quality service that not only respects you but also delivers the right process for advance care planning.
"Martha is one of the most dynamic and caring individuals that I have ever met. She selflessly handles the most difficult of situations with warmth, empathy, and skill. Her excellent communication style quickly engages others and she makes people feel like they’ve known her forever. She spent most of her career working with end of life decisions and advance directive planning and in my opinion, Martha is an expert."
Chief Operating Officer at Gift of Life Michigan