(Houston, TX, 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, Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Symptom Management Consultants will receive a Circle of Life Citation of Honor.
Dr. Sandra Gomez from Memorial Hermann Physician Network, discusses the organizationâ€™s award-winning program.
WITH THE COLLABORATION OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS ARE ABLE TO DELIVER COMPASSIONATE AND COORDINATED CARE TO PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC AND LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS.
THESE AWARDS HONOR PALLIATIVE PROGRAMS THAT SERVE PEOPLE WITH LIMITING ILLNESSES THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES BY FOCUSING ON PROVIDING PATIENTS WITH SYMPTOM BURDEN RELIEF AND THE RELIEF FROM THE STRESS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR ILLNESS. PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE SUPPORTIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM AT MEMORIAL HERMANN DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVE PATIENT AND FAMILY CENTERED PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE. WE HAVE DEVELOPED INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR BOTH PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.