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Summa’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services team has received multiple awards honoring our continuous work to improve the quality of life of the patients we serve. Because of efforts to equitably provide effective, patient-centered, timely, safe and efficient palliative care, Summa has won the following awards.

The team received from The Joint Commission the Advanced Certification in Palliative Care at Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals in the fall of 2013. Launched in September 2011, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care, optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness and continually evaluate and improve the program. A small number of palliative care programs in the country have thus far achieved this level of recognition.

The Institute also received the Circle of Life Award® Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association 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.