Five programs recognized as Circle of Life Award honorees

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and National Hospice Foundation salute the 2017 honorees of the Circle of Life Award™: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. The awards were presented at the American Hospital Association’s annual assembly on July 28 in San Diego.

Two programs that are expanding the reach of palliative and hospice care have been honored:

  • Bluegrass Care Navigators, formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Providence TrinityCare Hospice, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Providence Institute for Human Caring, Torrance, California

“This year’s Circle of Life honorees have done incredible work incorporating palliative and end-of-life care into all aspects of care. Our members are showing that palliative care services go beyond the four walls of a hospital. They are provided in specialty clinics, outpatient centers and in a patient’s home — and increasingly as part of a coordinated continuum of service,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

Citations of Honor were awarded to these three organizations:

  • Allina Health—LifeCourse, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Midland Care Connection, Topeka, Kansas
  • The University of Wisconsin Palliative Care Program, Madison, Wisconsin

“In celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding programs, we also share lessons learned and examples of successful models of care delivery that can benefit all organizations who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for all people facing serious and life-limiting illness,” said Edo Banach, NHPCO president and CEO. “All of us at NHPCO and the National Hospice Foundation salute this year’s recipients and are particularly proud that both Circle of Life award honorees are NHPCO members.”

Download the Circle of Life Award™ brochure (PDF) for more information on all the honorees.

The 2017 awards are supported, in part, by grants from the California Health Care Foundation, based in Oakland, Calif., and the Cambia Health Foundation, based in Portland, Ore.

Major sponsors of the 2017 awards are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association & the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center & the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, and the National Association of Social Workers. The Circle of Life Award program is administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Circle of Life Award nominations were reviewed and site-visited by a selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work and health administration.  For more information on the Circle of Life Award™, visit

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