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Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care News

July 12, 2010
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Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care today was named a Circle of Life Award® Winner. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care was recognized for its innovative and broad range of services and programs which serve patients who are facing life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Elaine McIntosh, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice. “Kansas City Hospice has always been community-driven. Our mission is based on responding to the needs of the people throughout the Kansas City area and finding viable solutions to the challenges that accompany serious illness. We strive to do everything humanly possible to transform a difficult time into one of great comfort and meaning.”

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care was chosen by a selection committee made up of leaders from medicine, nursing, social work, ethics and health administration. The committee focused on innovative programs that respect patient goals and preferences, provide comprehensive care, acknowledge and address the family or caregivers’ concerns and needs and build systems and mechanisms of support to continue the program for future patients and caregivers.

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is one of eight organizations honored this year by the Circle of Life Award Program. Throughout the last thirty years numerous programs have expanded the local, community-based agency’s reach including palliative home care, Carousel pediatric hospice, a palliative medicine clinic, grief support, Passages counseling and, most recently, Solace House, a counseling center for grieving children, families and individuals. In addition, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care pledges to deliver hospice services in a patient’s home, a nursing facility or at the agency’s 32-bed inpatient facility, Kansas City Hospice House.

“We are proud to present Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care with the Circle of Life Award,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Today we are working as a field to best provide palliative and end-of-life care to patients and families. The honorees of the Circle of Life award are shining lights for others to use as a guide on this long path forward – we offer our thanks and congratulations for their innovative programs.”

The Circle of Life Award celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. This is the eleventh year for the Circle of Life Award. The 2010 award is supported, in part by the Archstone Foundation, as well as by the California Healthcare Foundation, based in Oakland, Calif. Major sponsors of the 2010 awards are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation. The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the National Association of Social Workers are both cosponsors. The Circle of Life Award is a program administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust. This is the eleventh year for the Circle of Life Award. For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife.

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. We celebrate the efforts of our staff, boards, physicians and volunteers who bring the strength and experience of three decades to enhance life for the seriously ill. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization providing assistance and comfort to patients and their families in six counties in Missouri and three counties in Kansas. For more information, call the main office at 816-363-2600 or visit www.kansascityhospice.org.

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.
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