(Seattle, WA, Wednesday, July 13, 2016) - The American Hospital Associationâ€™s Circle of Life Awards honor innovative palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. Three programs that expand the reach of palliative and end-of-life care will be honored with the 2016 Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, along with three programs awarded a Citation of Honor. The award, now in its 17th year, celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.
This year, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington will receive a Circle of Life award.
Dr. Randal Curtis, from Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington, discusses the organizationâ€™s award-winning program.
WE SERVE FOUR HOSPITALS, INCLUDING ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTERS AND COMMUNITY HOSPITALS. WE ALSO SERVE TWELVE NEIGHBORHOOD CLINICS, A CLINIC INVOLVED IN HOMELESS OUTREACH; FOURTEEN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES; A COMMUNITY HOUSE CALLS PROGRAM FOR RECENT IMMIGRANTS; AND WE PARTICIPATE IN SEVERAL REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS.
WE FOCUS ON IMPLEMENTING CUTTING-EDGE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE INTO CLINICAL PRACTICE. WITH A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROMOTING BOTH PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY PALLIATIVE CARE, WE HAVE ADAPTED NEW CARE DELIVERY MODELS OVER A VARIETY OF PROVIDER AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS. WE HAVE DEVELOPED QUALITY METRICS TO ASSESS AND IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE AND WE UTILIZE CULTURAL MEDIATORS HELP FOSTER GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF PATIENT AND FAMILY NEEDS FOR INDIVIDUALS FROM OTHER CULTURES.
For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.