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Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) Launch New Initiative Targeted to Pediatric Palliative Care Programs; Addresses Shortage of Operational Technical Assistance

New York, NY (January 15, 2009) — Hospitals now have technical assistance specifically targeted to starting and sustaining a pediatric palliative care program.

Sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) provide customized, intensive operational training—and yearlong mentoring—for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. The initiative addresses growing demand from hospitals and hospices for assistance in starting palliative care programs to effectively manage advanced, chronic illness.

The two leadership centers that form the PCLC-Peds initiative are Akron Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The PCLC-Peds curriculum is appropriate for teams from children’s hospitals or pediatric programs within a hospital. It offers a close, hands-on experience, as well as a 12-month mentoring follow-up to guide teams through the challenges of program growth and sustainability.

PCLC-Peds will provide teams with expertise on the financial and operational dimensions of establishing a palliative care program, including:

  • Hospital needs assessment
  • Financing and business planning
  • How to choose organizational and service models
  • Staffing
  • Measuring clinical and financial impact
  • Strategies for ensuring and managing growth
  • Hospice-hospital collaborations
  • Marketing palliative care to clinicians and patients

For more information, training dates and to enroll, visit

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness.

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