August 1, 2011
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital’s Palliative Care program, now in its 12th year, recently received a Circle of Life® Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association. Only three organizations nationwide received a Circle of Life Award and only four received Citations of Honor. The program is headed by Dr. Catherine Deamant and sees more than 700 patients each year through an inpatient consultation service, four outpatient clinics, and works closely with five local hospices.
The hospital’s program has developed a staff morale model for other palliative care and hospice teams, which includes monthly reflective reading and discussion sessions.
We’re honored that our palliative care program is being recognized,” said Dr. Terry Mason, Cook County Health & Hospitals System Medical Director. “The program gets to the heart of what healthcare is all about – treating people with compassion and dignity and helping them to lead the best quality of life possible, even during serious illness.