Improving End of Life Care for Patients in Manhasset, New York

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Dr. Dana Lustbader, Director of Palliative Care, North Shore University Hospital

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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 Citation of Honor 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.

Dr. Dana Lustbader, Director of Palliative Care at North Shore University Hospital, describes their award-winning program:

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OUR PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR EXPERT CARE OF PATIENTS WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS AND THEIR FAMILIES.  IT IS UNIQUE IN THAT PATIENTS MAY BE ON LIFE SUPPORT INCLUDING VENTILATORS.  IT IS THE PRIMARY TEACHING SITE FOR OUR PHYSICIANS IN TRAINING AND SETS THE STANDARD FOR INPATIENT PALLIATIVE CARE DELIVERY.

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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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