Improving End of Life Care for Patients in Iowa and Illinois

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Lori Bishop, Executive Director, Palliative Care and Hospice Services, UnityPoint Health

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The mission of palliative and end-of-life care is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. Now, a local institution has been honored with a Circle of Life Award for its innovation in palliative care and for improving the care of patients near the end of life. It is being held up as a model for others in the field.

Lori Bishop, Executive Director of Palliative Care and Hospice Services at UnityPoint Health, describes their award-winning program.

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BY CREATING A UNIFIED PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM THAT IS INTEGRATED ACROSS ALL CARE SETTINGS WE CAN BETTER COORDINATE CARE AND ENSURE ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR SERIOUSLY-ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE HOSPITAL, AT A CLINIC OR IN THEIR OWN HOME. THIS SYSTEM APPROACH HAS IMPROVED PATIENT OUTCOMES AND THE OVERALL CARE EXPERIENCE.

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This is the fourteenth year for the Circle of Life Award.  For more information, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.

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