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The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a resource to hospitals and other healthcare settings interested in developing palliative care programs. CAPC is a national initiative supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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CAPC Ground Rounds Audioconference, Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 1 pm EST
Managing Death in the ICU: Integrating Palliative Care and Critical Care.We are very pleased to announce as our guest speaker, Randall J. Curtis, MD, MPH, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Washington.

CAPC Audioconference, Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 1 pm EST
Talking to the family in an informative, yet sensitive, way is one of the cornerstones of palliative care. Hear how one team does it. Learn what to say and what not to say. Listen as our speakers share how they structure family meetings and explain the key elements you should be aware of. AUDIO FILE NOW AVAILABLE (This file is large)

The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (NCP)
The NCP is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to improve the delivery of palliative care in the United States.

Palliative Care Leadership Centers
The aim of this initiative is to disseminate knowledge about sustainable models for palliative care delivery in the hospital and other health care settings. It will do so by connecting palliative care programs that render exemplary care with health care institutions that seek to develop similar state-of-the-art capabilities.

Palliative Care & JCAHO Standards
This tool will demonstrate how a palliative care program can help meet and maintain JCAHO accreditation by enhancing pain and symptom management strategies, streamlining the continuum of care, and facilitating coordination and communication. It also shows how palliative care addresses other important accreditation domains, including patient assessment, family involvement, and patient and family education.

Palliative Care Programs Rapidly Growing in Nationís Hospitals
Hospitals have been starting palliative care programs at a rapid pace, according to the new 2003 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals.
Press Release

The Case for Hospital-Based Palliative Care
This publication builds a compelling case for hospital-based palliative care. It details how leading hospitals are starting palliative care programs to deliver the high-quality care that seriously ill patients want while increasing staff, patient and family satisfaction, improving staff retention, and promoting responsible use of hospital resources.

CAPC Brochure
Provides information on CAPC's management training seminars, planning and program implementation materials, publications, and upcoming initiatives.

CAPC How To Manual
The CAPC Manual is a comprehensive manual on how to develop a palliative care program. The authors take you step-by-step through the process of developing a palliative care program by addressing topics such as strategic planning, needs assessment, financing, making the case with your hospital administrator, as well as providing case studies as models for success.

Palliative Care: An Opportunity for Medicare
CAPC--funded report, Palliative Care: An Opportunity for Medicare, has been published and recently disseminated by CAPC. The publication focuses on regulatory and administrative changes that could be made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Physician's Survey: a Needs Assessment Tool to Build Support
This downloadable survey is designed for leadership to distribute within their institution. It can be used as a marketing tool to help assess attitudes, educate colleagues, solicit input and build a strong case for creating a palliative care program.

CAPC Marketing Tool: How to Promote Palliative Care at Your Hospital
This tool provides tips and talking points for marketing your palliative care program to clinicians. Strong marketing ensures you will gain patient referrals and be best positioned to stimulate and manage program growth.

Hospital-Hospice Partnerships in Palliative Care
The project was conceived as a technical assistance monograph by CAPC in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The goal is to bring hospitals and hospices together to explore collaboration in their own communities.

Helping Employees Deal with End-of-Life Issues :A Tool Kit
Last Acts has developed a comprehensive guide for businesses, whether large or small. This user-friendly resource will help organizations develop a benefits program for employees dealing with end of life and bereavement issues.

Featured Case Study

TriCentral Palliative Care Program
A Program Toolkit giving you a step-by-step guide on how you can create an innovative outpatient palliative care program within your own healthcare institution.

Development and Implementation of an Inpatient Acute Palliative Care Service
Mount Carmel Health is a large nonprofit health care system in Central Ohio. It has three hospitals, two educational institutions and a hospice program.
Article provided courtesy Journal of Palliative Medicine.

California: Using Physician Education Mandates to Promote Palliative Care
This is an example of how a new state physician education mandate on palliative care was used as an effective stimulus for physician education and clinical practice.

Save the Dates

The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care National Symposium: Enhancing Family-Centered Care for Children Living with Life Threatening Conditions
New York, NY 10092
For further information contact: Sheila Gray, Program Coordinator
http:[email protected]
November 6-7, 2003

Planning, Funding and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program: Tools and Strategies for Success
Westin Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA
For further information and "early bird" registration, contact: Barbara Mastroddi 212-201-2680 or email:[email protected]
October 23-25, 2003

Call for Abstracts: Charting the Course in End-of-Life Care
The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida announces a call for abtracts.
Submissions due June 1, 2003
For more info contact [email protected] or call (813) 974-9128

The Challenges of Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Conference
Madison, Wisconsin (Monona Terrace)
Lea Rae Galarowicz(608) 262-1179
Craig R. Robida(688) 263-4982
October 20-22, 2003

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care is a national initiative supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.