In the News
September 15, 2015
2015 Circle of Life Honorees
Award Celebrates Innovation in Palliative and End-of-life Care
Care Dimensions in Danvers, Mass. is the recipient of the prestigious Circle of Life Award for 2015. Hospice of Frederick County in Frederick, Md., has earned a Citation of Honor. The awards were presented at the American Hospital Association’s annual summit in San Francisco on July 24.
The award celebrates innovation in end-of-life care and the two programs honored this year demonstrate a commitment to providing palliative care services within the continuum of care and outreach to traditionally underserved communities.
NHPCO and the National Hospice Foundation honor these distinguished recipients. Both of these exemplary programs are members of NHPCO. Care Dimensions serves 90 eastern Massachusetts communities and an average 650 hospice patients and 140 palliative care patients each day. It provides care in a variety of settings including patients’ homes, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, hospitals, group homes, veterans’ facilities and an inpatient hospice facility.
Care Dimensions provides a broad range of services including hospital consultation services; a program to transition from home care to hospice; an early access program that provides both curative and palliative care at the same time; and dedicated skilled nursing facility and assisted living facility teams.
Hospice of Frederick County is part of Maryland’s Frederick Regional Health System. This rural-based hospice emphasizes continuity of care, providing a broad range of services to patients in the hospital, long-term care facilities and even at home. It has an effective outreach to traditionally underserved groups, including to minority communities and to deaf patients and volunteers, and a collaborative program with behavioral health services.
The 2015 awards are supported, in part, by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Cambia Health Foundation. NHPCO and NHF are among the major sponsors of the Circle of Life Award. Further information about the honorees and the Circle of Life Award is available at www.aha.org/circleoflife.