(Neptune, NJ, 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, Meridian Health Palliative Care Service will receive a Circle of Life Citation of Honor.
Dr. Amy Frieman, from Meridian Health Palliative Care Services, discusses the organizationâ€™s award-winning program.
WE FOCUS ON INNOVATIONS IN NEW DELIVERY STRUCTURES AND PAYMENT MODELS WITH A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY-BASED AND LONG-TERM CARE SETTINGS AS WELL AS ADVANCE CARE PLANNING EDUCATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
THESE AWARDS HONOR PALLIATIVE PROGRAMS THAT SERVE PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES; DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVE, PATIENT AND FAMILY-CENTERED, TIMELY, SAFE, EFFICIENT AND EQUITABLE PALLIATIVE CARE AND USE INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO REACH TRADITIONALLY MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS.
For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.