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Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way Receive Circle of Life Award®

July 10, 2018

Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way received national recognition today for its end-of-life and palliative care innovations.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that the prestigious Circle of Life Award® will be presented to Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way during AHA’s Leadership Summit later this month.

The Circle of Life Award®, now in its 19th year, celebrates innovative organizations and programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. The Penn program is one of three recipients this year.

Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way are fully integrated into the University of Pennsylvania Health System to build a meaningful continuum of care for seriously ill patients. Penn Wissahickon Hospice is a learning organization which uses systematic, evidence-based approaches to improve and expand palliative and end-of-life care.

Working as part of the system’s innovation grants and rapid-cycle improvement process, the hospice and palliative care service has taken on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and home care for frail elderly. 

Penn Wissahickon Hospice addresses symptoms of the illness as well as patients’ emotional and spiritual concerns. A team of multi-disciplinary providers encourage patients to take control of their life and treatment, emphasizing comfort, dignity, and respect.

Caring Way services are designed for patients receiving treatment for life-limiting conditions. Physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social needs influence individualized care plans that stress independence.

A selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work, and health administration made site visits and reviewed all Circle of Life Award® nominations.

The Circle of Life Award® honors palliative programs that serve as sustainable, replicable models for a segment of the field, particularly for marginalized populations. The selection committee looks for programs that actively partner with other health care organizations, education and training programs, the community, providers of care, and/or insurers. It also focuses on the use of metrics that demonstrate significant impact and value for individuals, families and communities.

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter congratulates Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way and the University of Pennsylvania Health System for this outstanding achievement.

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