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Palliative Care Selected as Candidate for the LIVESTRONG Project - 3/7/2012

Finalists will be determined by an online voting campaign; funds will better the lives of people affected by cancer
Bremerton, WA–Harrison Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program is a candidate to participate in the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, and receive funding through their Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care award. This new certification is designed to recognize hospital inpatient palliative care teams that improve the lives of patients facing serious illness by providing exceptional patient and family-centered care.

The LIVESTRONG foundation just announced that selection is made by a vote from the broader community. The organizations receiving the most votes within their regions will be awarded funds, technical support and training to obtain this important certification. Harrison is asking our community to cast a vote to support us in obtaining this certification.

The online voting campaign begins Wednesday, March 7. Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The LIVESTRONG foundation is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.

Harrison Medical Center is one of dozens competing for the Advanced Certification for Palliative Care award. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care is designed to set standards and acknowledge hospitals providing state-of-the-art palliative care services that relieve symptoms and stress of serious illness and improve quality of life for patients. The Center to Advance Palliative Care will provide tools and training to 20 hospitals and cancer centers across the country to assist in their efforts to qualify for the Certification.

If selected, Harrison Medical Center will use the awarded funds for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care. Palliative Care Services at Harrison started over two years ago to provide relief of pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, including cancer. Our goal is to address the needs of the whole person: his or her physical comfort, emotional and spiritual well-being, and to maintain a person’s dignity. The Palliative Care team at Harrison has helped over 800 patients to navigate through the healthcare system and develop a plan of care that supports their wishes. With the Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, Harrison will improve access to palliative care services for all those in our community as well as improve their quality of life during care.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Beverly JeffsSteele, the program’s Medical Director. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

Voting ends on March 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/. For more information about Harrison’s Palliative Care Program or the Harrison Foundation, visit www.harrisonmedical.org

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

About Harrison

Harrison Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital offering medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations—Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Belfair, and Poulsbo—to serve the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. To learn about Harrison’s many healthcare services, call 866-844-WELL or visit www.harrisonmedical.org.