In the News
November 14, 2015
Danvers nonprofit celebrates Circle of Life Award
Care Dimensions of Danvers was named the 2015 national winner of the Circle of Life Award, given annually by the American Hospital Association and other healthcare organizations. The award cited Care Dimensions’ efforts to integrate palliative care throughout the healthcare continuum, providing specialty programs and outreach to underserved communities.
The evening’s celebration was hosted by retired news anchor the Rev. Liz Walker, who spoke about her experience with hospice care and the need for increased communication about end-of-life wishes. Don Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, noted that the number of terminally-ill people seeking quality hospice care continues to rise, with more than 1.7 million U.S. patients receiving hospice care in 2014.
Care Dimensions honored three individuals in the Commonwealth with “Dimensions in Caring Awards”: Dr. Vicki Jackson, chief of Palliative Care at Massachusetts General Hospital; Kathy Adam, RN, director of nursing for Northeast Regional Services with the Massachusetts Department of Development Services; and Beverly resident Peter Sherwood, Care Dimensions Board member of more than 14 years.
Nonprofit Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Care Dimensions employs over 400 staff and has about 400 volunteers, providing care to 140 palliative-care patients and 650 hospice patients each day. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients throughout all stages of advanced illness in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals and at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.
For information: CareDimensions.org