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