(Peoria, IL, 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, OSF Supportive Care will receive a Circle of Life Citation of Honor.
Dr. Robert Sawicki, from OSF Supportive Care, discusses the organizationâ€™s award-winning program.
OUR FOCUS IS ON ASSURING PATIENT AND FAMILY GOALS ARE COMMUNICATED AND IMPLEMENTED ACROSS OUR CARE DELIVERY SETTINGS BY SPREADING AND STANDARDIZING ADVANCED CARE PLANNING CONVERSATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION.
THESE AWARDS HONOR PALLIATIVE PROGRAMS THAT SERVE PEOPLE WITH LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES; DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVE, PATIENT AND FAMILY-CENTERED, TIMELY, SAFE, EFFICIENT AND EQUITABLE PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE; AND USE INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO REACH TRADITIONALLY MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS.
For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.