Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

The Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care are presented annually to honor programs that can be models for other health care organizations working to embed palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of settings.

Who Should Apply

The Circle of Life Award honors palliative and end-of-life care programs that:

  • Serve individuals with serious and life-limiting illness, their families, and their communities.
  • Demonstrate effective, patient/family-centered, timely, safe, efficient and equitable care to patients with serious and life-limiting illness.
  • Use innovative approaches to meeting critical needs and serve as sustainable, replicable models.
  • Pursue quality improvement consistent with the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs or other widely-accepted standards, within their resources and capabilities.
  • Address physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs throughout the disease trajectory.


How do you know if your organization is ready to apply for a Circle of Life Award?

An innovative palliative or end-of-life care provider that is measuring and evaluating the impact of its work on patients, family, and/or the community is ready to apply for a Circle of Life award.

Honorees typically are:

  • emphasizing coordinated or integrated care delivery throughout all settings
  • engaging underserved populations
  • promoting palliative care in diverse populations
  • using strategies for engaging communities
  • creating partnerships with other health care organizations and practitioners, and initiatives within long-term care facilities.

In 2020, up to three Circle of Life Awards will be presented. The awards committee also may present Citations of Honor to other noteworthy programs.

We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you to contact Jane Jeffries if you have any questions (; 312-422-2712).

The 2020 Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care are funded, in part, by the Cambia Health Foundation. Major sponsors of the 2020 awards are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and National Hospice Foundation. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association/the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center/the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation and the National Association of Social Workers.

2019 Circle of Life Award Honorees

Winner: University of Colorado Palliative Care Service, Aurora, CO

Winner: University Health System Palliative Care Team, San Antonio, TX

Winner: Hospice of the Western Reserve Western Reserve Navigator, Cleveland, OH

Citation of Honor: Medical University of South Carolina Palliative Care Team, Charleston, SC

For more information about the honorees, please read the 2019 Circle of Life Award booklet.

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