US: National Center for Palliative Care Innovation– architectural plans released

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Developing the project is HealthCare Chaplaincy, a leading multifaith organization for the integration of spiritual care within health care and palliative care through research, professional education and clinical practice.

The 16-story National Center for Palliative Care Innovation will be a national demonstration model and centerpiece for research and education that will integrate comprehensive palliative care in an enhanced assisted living model and demonstrate that better care depends on the quality, not the quantity of care. It will include enhanced assisted living residences for 120 people with serious, chronic illnesses who can no longer live independently. 

The National Center for Palliative Care Innovation will house a geriatric and palliative care outpatient medical practice for residents and outpatients as well as HCC’s educational, research and administrative spaces. 

As Americans live longer and deal with serious progressive illness, they – and their relatives or friends who play an important part in providing and/or managing their care – find themselves oftentimes trapped in a health-delivery system that promotes fragmented, high-volume, and costly high-intensity care. 

Too frequently, the care that people with serious, progressive illness receive undermines quality and leaves their real needs unaddressed. With 52 years of experience, HealthCare Chaplaincy will offer its residents a comprehensive, evidence-based palliative care approach that is person-centered, purposeful and cost-effective.

Claire Altman, HealthCare Chaplaincy’s executive vice president and chief operating officer said: “There is a tremendous need for residential palliative care nationwide that can provide an opportunity for persons with serious progressive illness to live well in the last months and years of their lives with the spiritual support that will help them live with meaning. We hope, with the National Center for Palliative Care Innovation, to offer a cost-effective demonstration model of how this can be achieved.”  

Further info can be found on the webpage of The Architect’s Newspaper.

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