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Summa’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services received the Circle of Life Award® Citation of Honor for its innovation in improving the care of patients near the end of life or with life-threatening conditions. As one of a few organizations honored by the Circle of Life Award Program, Summa was recognized for its research, achievements in medical education and work with long-term care facilities.

About the Circle of Life Award
The American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award honors organizations or groups that provide palliative or end-of-life care programs. The programs exemplify:

  • are striving to equitably provide effective, patient-centered, timely, safe, and efficient palliative and end-of-life care
  • are striving to implement the domains of the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the corresponding preferred practices identified by the National Quality Forum
  • show innovation and serve as models for the field particularly in moving palliative care upstream
  • support hospitals' and health organizations' efforts to improve palliative and end-of-life care
  • build awareness of the importance of serving people with life-limiting illnesses throughout the continuum of their illness and supporting those close to them
  • are actively working with other health care organizations and the community across the continuum of care