Circle of Life Winners

The Circle of Life Awards honor innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.  The 2014 awards are supported, in part, by the California HealthCare Foundation, based in Oakland, California, and Cambia Health Foundation.  Major sponsors of the 2014 awards are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation. 

The awards are cosponsored by The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association & the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses & the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, and the National Association of Social Workers.

The Circle of Life Award is administered by the Health Research and Educational Trust.

2013 Circle of Life Winners

The Denver Hospice, Denver, Colorado

Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York

UnityPoint Health, Iowa and Illinois

Programs receiving 2013 Citations of Honor

Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada

North Shore University Hospital Palliative Care Program, Manhasset, New York
  
Please click here for the 2013 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees and visit AHA’s YouTube site for video interviews.

2012 Circle of Life Winners

Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio

Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York

Sharp HealthCare, San Diego, California

Programs receiving 2012 Citations of Honor

Community PedsCare, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

St. Joseph Palliative Care Program, Orange, California

Unity, De Pere, Wisconsin

Please click here for the 2012 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees and here for the July 17 release on the Circle of Life winners. 

2011 Circle of Life Winners

The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, New York

Gilchrist Hospice Care, Hunt Valley, Maryland

St. John Providence Health System, Detroit, Michigan

Updates on these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2011 Citations of Honor

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Palliative Care Service, Lebanon, New Hampshire

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Palliative Care Program, Chicago, Illinois

St. Mary's Health Care System, Athens, Georgia

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Supportive and Palliative Care Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Please click here for the 2011 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees and here for the July 11 release on the Circle of Life winners.

2010 Circle of Life Winners

Department of Veterans Affairs,  VA New York/New Jersey Healthcare Network, Brooklyn, New York   

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, Kansas City, Missouri

Snohomish Palliative Partnership, Everett, Washington

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2010 Citations of Honor

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, New York

Providence TrinityCare Hospice - Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Palliative Care Partnership, Torrance, California

Sharp HospiceCare, San Diego, California

Palliative Care & Hospice Services of Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio

Please click here for the 2010 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees and here for the July 12 release on the Circle of Life winners.

2009 Circle of Life Winners

Four Seasons, Flat Rock, North Carolina

Oregon Health and Science University Palliative Medicine & Comfort Care Program, Portland, Oregon

Wishard Health Services Palliative Care Program, Indianapolis, Indiana 

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2009 Citations of Honor

Palliative Care Service, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, California and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, Camarillo, California
Gilchrist Hospice Care, Towson, Maryland and Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 

Please click here for the 2009 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees and here  for the July 6 release on the Circle of Life winners.  

2008 Circle of Life Winners

Pain and Palliative Care Program, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Haven Hospice, Gainesville, Florida
The Pediatric Advanced Care Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2008 Citations of Honor  

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California
LifePath Hospice and Palliative Care, Temple Terrace/Tampa, Florida
Providence Hospital Palliative Care Services, Washington, D.C.
Rice Hospice, Willmar, Minnesota
Sentara Healthcare/Palliative Care Collaborative, Norfolk, Virginia
Joint Palliative Care Programs of the UAB Center for Palliative Care and the Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama

Please click here for the 2008 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees.

2007 Circle of Life Winners

Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, Florida
University of California San Francisco Palliative Care Program, San Francisco, California
Woodwell:  A Program of Presbyterian SeniorCare and Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2007 Citations of Honor  

Broadway House for Continuing Care, Newark, New Jersey
George Mark Children’s House, San Leandro, California
Haven Hospice Commitment to Caring, Gainesville, Florida
Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada
Palliative Care and Clinical Ethics Consultation Services of Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Please click here  for the 2007 Circle of Life booklet, which includes stories on the honorees.

2006 Circle of Life Winners

Continuum Hospice Care, New York, New York
Mercy Supportive Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan
Transitions and Life Choices, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2006 Citations of Honor

Veterans Health Administration VISN 3, Brooklyn, New York
Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, Florida
Pediatric Program of the Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Barbara Ziegler Palliative Care Program, North Broward Hospital District, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

From the 2006 Circle of Life booklet, please read an introduction by Steve Franey, who is chair of the Circle of Life Awards Committee, and Dick Davidson, who is president of the American Hospital Association, as well as a list of the 2005-2006 committee.

2005 Circle of Life Winners

High Point Regional Health System, High Point, North Carolina
Palliative and End-of-life Care Program, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, California
Thomas Palliative Care Unit of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, Virginia

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2005 Citations of Honor

The Butterfly Program, Denver, Colorado
Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Program, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hospice of the Plains, Wray, Colorado
Maitri, San Francisco, California
Niagara Hospice, Lockport, New York
Covenant of Churches, Saint Barnabas Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Newark, New Jersey
University of Rochester Medical Center Palliative Care Program in Collaboration with the Community-Wide Palliative Care Initiative

From the 2005 Circle of Life booklet, please read an introduction by Steve Franey, who is chair of the Circle of Life Awards Committee, and Dick Davidson, who is president of the American Hospital Association, as well as a list of the 2004-2005 committee.

2004 Circle of Life Winners

Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Fort Myers, Florida
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Chilidren, Bayside, New York
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2004 Citations of Honor

Broadway House for Continuing Care, Newark, New Jersey
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado
The Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
St. John's Palliative Care Program, Joplin, Missouri
Mercy Supportive Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan
West Virginia Palliative Care Network, Morgantown, West Virginia
Zen Hospice Project, San Francisco, California

From the 2004 Circle of Life booklet, please also read an introduction by Steve Franey, who is chair of the Circle of Life Awards Committee, and Dick Davidson, who is president of the American Hospital Association, as well as a list of the 2003-2004 award committee.

2003 Circle of Life Award Winners

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Providence Health System, Portland, Oregon
University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento, California

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2003 Citations of Honor

The Renal Palliative Care Initiative, Baystate Health System, Springfield, Massachusetts
The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Buffalo, New York
Palliative Care Service, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Hope Hospice and Palliative Care: Open Access, Fort Myers, Florida
Hospice of Lancaster County, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Mercy Health Partners-Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio
FOOTPRINTS, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Extensive interviews with the three recipients are available in the July-August 2003 issue of Innovations in End-of-Life Care "Widening the Circle for Palliative Care."

Please also read an introduction by Steve Franey, who is chair of the Circle of Life Awards Committee, and Dick Davidson, who is president of the American Hospital Association, as well as a list of the award committee.

Printed copies of the Circle of Life publication are available by calling 312/422-2700 or e-mailing circleoflife@aha.org.

2002 Circle of Life Winners

Children’s Program of San Diego Hospice and Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, California
Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky
Project Safe Conduct – Hospice of the Western Reserve and Ireland Cancer Center, Cleveland, Ohio

A special Circle of Life Award was presented in 2002 to the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado.

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2002 Citations of Honor

Acute Palliative Care Service of the Mount Carmel Hospice/Palliative Care Program, Mount Carmel Health, Columbus, Ohio
Parkland Palliative Care Program of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, Texas
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospice, Gallup, New Mexico

2001 Circle of Life Winners

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York
Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of the North Shore, Evanston, Illinois
St. Joseph's Manor, Trumbull, Connecticut

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2001 Citations of Honor

Balm of Gilead, Birmingham, Alabama
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, Juneau, Alaska
Hospice of Napa Valley, Napa, California
MidPeninsula Pathways Hospice Foundation, Menlo Park, California
VA Hospice Care Center at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, California

2000 Circle of Life Winners

Franciscan Health System, Gig Harbor, Washington
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Largo, Florida
Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice, Angola, Louisiana

Updates of these Circle of Life winners can be read by clicking here.

Programs receiving 2000 Citations of Honor

Beth Israel, New York, New York
The Butterfly Program, Galveston, Texas
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York
Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Harry Horvitz Center at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
The San Diego Hospice Corporation, San Diego, California

Information on the 2000 Circle of Life recipients can be obtained by downloading a PDF file here or by contacting the AHA Office of the Secretary (312/422-2700) for a printed copy of the Circle of Life 2000 booklet.


Online Journal

Innovations in End-of-Life Care online journal at www2.edc.org/lastacts has provided broad coverage of Circle of Life Award recipients.  In addition to its July-August 2003 issue with interviews with the three 2003 recipients, the journal covers 2002 recipient Project Safe Conduct in its July-August 2002 edition.  In addition, in its January-February 2001 issue, it provides indepth information about Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of the North Shore in its discussion of extending hospice reach to fill current gaps in care. The Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care appears in the July-August 2001 issue.

The May-June 2000 issue, Vol. 2, No. 3, "Hospice in Prison," features the Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice. The July-August 2000 issue, Vol. 2, No. 4, "Teen Hospice Volunteers: Intergenerational Approaches to Hospice," deals with Volunteers and Community Building and features The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. The September-October 2000 issue, Vol. 2, No. 5, "Building Bridges for Better Continuity of Care," features Franciscan Health System.


 

Printed copies of the Circle of Life publication are available by calling 312/422-2700 or e-mailing circleoflife@aha.org.

 

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