Hope Hospice and Community Services is among the country’s first recipients of the Quality in Palliative Care Leadership Award, in recognition of its innovative patient care.

Palliative care provides comfort and improves the quality of life of a person whose illness cannot be cured. It also offers a support system to help the family cope during their loved one’s illness and in their own bereavement. Hope provides palliative care through all of its programs including Hope Comfort Care, Hope Hospice as well as its special programs for seriously ill children and adults.

The Leadership Award will be presented annually to organizations which have enhanced their palliative care services and adhere to the principles of the National Consensus Project for Quality Care and the National Quality Forum, national organizations working to improve quality of care. Hope is one of only nine organizations in the country to be honored in 2008, the award’s first year.

“Hope’s approach to palliative care addresses each person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, with an array of therapies, counseling and support,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Our staff is committed to providing care and comfort in a way that is unique to each person we serve. This award recognizes their deep commitment, and we are honored to be among the first recipients.”

The award will be presented to Hope during a national ceremony in 2009.