Three programs awarded Circle of Life Awards for palliative care efforts

Three programs that expand the reach of palliative and end-of-life care will be recognized as the 2011 recipients of the Circle of Life Awards, according to a press release by the American Hospital Association.

The release states that the hospitals receiving the awards are:

  • Gilchrist Hospice Care in Hunt Valley, Md., who has integrated palliative care across hospital, hospice services, physician groups, patient homes and long-term care and assisted living facilities. 
  • St. John Providence Health System in Detroit, Mich. has incorporated palliative care into every service and educated staff.
  • The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Cheektowaga, N.Y., for providing a sophisticated palliative care institute, with strong emphasis on collaboration, physician leadership and clinical research.

Citations of honor will also be awarded to four other hospitals.

(Source: AHA News Now,, July 11, 2011)