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Programs honored for innovation in palliative and end-of-life care

July 25, 2014

Three programs that expand the reach of palliative and end-of-life care received 2014 Circle of Life awards July 21 at the Health Forum-AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

The recipients are Baylor Health Care System Supportive and Palliative Care Services in Dallas; Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA; and Yakima (WA) Valley Memorial Hospital. In addition, a Citation of Honor went to University of Alabama Birmingham Center for Palliative and Supportive Care Ambulatory Program.

Since 1999, the Circle of Life Award has honored shining examples of human compassion – those who provide care that helps people feel dignified, worthy and loved. The award pays tribute to the hospitals, physicians, nurses and others who are leading the way toward better practices in providing care at the end of life.

“These programs have found
new ways to expand the reach of palliative and end-of-life care to patients, families and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “They are model programs that other hospitals and health care systems can adapt, and we are pleased to recognize the great strides they are taking in providing dedicated, compassionate care.”

The 2014 awards are supported by the Oakland-based California HealthCare Foundation and Cambia Health Foundation. Major sponsors of the 2014 awards include the AHA, the Catholic Health Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation, and the National Association of Social Workers.

Applications are available for the 2015 Circle of Life Award. Aug. 10 is the deadline to apply for the award. To apply, visit
www.aha.org/circleoflife.