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Circle of Life Award®

Summa Health Palliative and Hospice 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:
    striving to equitably provide effective, patient-centered, timely, safe, and efficient palliative and end-of-life care
  • 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
  • Actively working with other healthcare organizations and the community across the continuum of care

Advanced Certification in Palliative Care

Joint Commision Awards Gold Seal of Approval to Summa Health
The team received from The Joint Commission the Advanced Certification in Palliative Care at Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses 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.

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