The Joint Commission has awarded its first five advanced certifications to hospitals for palliative care, citing the programs' emphasis on evidence-based care, provider teamwork and other factors.
First palliative-care certifications awarded
A news release from the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based certification organization said the hospitals had shown evidence of formal programs led by interdisciplinary teams, strong leadership support, focus on patient and family engagement, and processes to coordinate care among patients receiving palliative care.
The hospitals that received the advanced certifications are: the Connecticut Hospice in Branford; St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.; Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York; and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
The Joint Commission defines palliative care as treatment designed to relieve pain, symptoms and stress for patients and families coping with serious illnesses, using a treatment model that is not dependent on a patient's prognosis or age.
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