Center to Advance Palliative Care Receives American Hospital Association Award of Honor
New York, NY (April 27, 2009) — The American Hospital Association (AHA) presented its Award of Honor to the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) today, in recognition of its outstanding contributions to improving the health status of communities in the United States and the nation. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of people through leadership on major health policies or social initiatives. The award was presented at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.
"CAPC has been instrumental in helping hospitals and caregivers better understand the role of palliative care as part of patient care,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO.
“To receive this award from the AHA is not only a wonderful honor but a testament to how far United States hospitals have come, in a short period of time, in recognizing the importance of hospital palliative care programs,” said Diane E. Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Since CAPC's inception in November 1999, it has helped approximately 1,600 hospitals and health care systems develop palliative care services through its seminars and Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) training and mentoring. PCLCs are located in nine hospitals across America.
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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. www.capc.org
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