March 28, 2013 | by Darrin Joy
Palliative care focuses on helping seriously ill patients cope with debilitating symptoms, pain and distress to improve their overall quality of life. City of Hope has long been at the forefront of this field and has even developed training programs to help other health-care providers and institutions build and improve their palliative care programs.
And now, we need your help to further advance the research and practice of quality palliative care.
Physicians in City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine have applied for a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Your vote on the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project site could be the breakthrough they need to get that funding.
The grant will help City of Hope prepare an application to The Joint Commission, a leading health-care quality monitoring organization, for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.
This Joint Commission certification recognizes inpatient palliative care teams that demonstrate exceptional patient- and family-centered care by comprehensively addressing the spectrum of physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs while they are being treated for serious illnesses. And improving their quality of life may benefit their treatment outcomes and boost their survival odds, too.
“Joint Commission certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality,” said Alexandra Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief medical officer at City of Hope. “Attaining such certification would be an honor for City of Hope, and all requisites for such a program are in place here.”
The Joint Commission certification would reaffirm City of Hope’s status as a breakthrough institution in palliative care and further progress in the field so patients throughout the nation can benefit.
The grant application made it through initial scientific reviews, along with five others in the western U. S. Now, those five grants are competing against each other for public votes.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation is looking for the support of the institution and its community — that’s you — to help them decide which grant is funded. The institution gaining the most votes wins.
Don’t delay casting your vote; the deadline is today at 3 p.m. PDT. You can also send the link to your family and friends; their votes count, too.