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Foundation Announces Grant To Help Hospitals Create Palliative Care Programs

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The most fragile patients often receive the most intensive medical care, and research shows their comfort too often takes a back seat to curative treatment or intervention. Unveiling its signature philanthropic program, Sojourns, The Regence Foundation aims to foster best practices, leadership and collaboration that help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access quality palliative care in their own community.

Palliative care is a holistic approach that treats the whole person, including management of pain and other discomfort, at any stage of disease while supporting caregivers and families. Depending on a patient’s needs and goals for care, palliative care may be combined with or supplant curative therapies.

“Increasingly, research shows that patients’ treatment desires and comfort are overlooked,” said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair. “The Regence Foundation seeks to identify best practices in which treatment and care meet with patient and family desires, and to extend those practices to our members, whether they are suffering years with a life-threatening illness or facing a limited prognosis.”

The Regence Foundation’s Sojourns Pathway grants will promote hospital- and community-based palliative care services that help patients, families, and medical and other health professionals get a clear understanding of effective treatment options and patient desires, increasing patient engagement in treatment decisions.

Grants target three phases: Hospitals that need to plan a palliative care program; those that seek to implement a plan for a program and those with a program that seek to expand it through partnerships with other community organizations. Deadlines vary, but the Foundation began accepting proposals for “Innovation” grants on July 20, 2009.

Through an arrangement with the University of California San Francisco Palliative Care Service and Palliative Care Leadership Center, hospitals that receive planning grants will receive training in how to build and sustain an effective palliative care program. Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC) is a national training and mentoring initiative, with direction and technical assistance provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

To learn more about Sojourns and to download the Requests for Proposals (RFPs), visit the Regence Foundation Web site.

The Regence Foundation is the corporate foundation of The Regence Group, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain region and a not-for-profit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. A 501(c)3 grantmaking organization, the Foundation partners with organizations driving significant change in health care delivery and accessibility in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Mesothelioma Doctor in Alabama

James W. Ballard, MD
4012 Greystone Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242

California Mesothelioma Doctor

Robert Cameron, MD
P. O. Box 951741
Los Angeles, California 90095–1741
Phone: 310–794–7333

David Jablon, MD
UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center
2330 Post St., Suite 420
San Francisco, CA 94115

Theirry Jahan, MD
2356 Sutter, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Connecticut Mesothelioma Doctors

Mark Cullen, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Occupational and Environmental
135 College Street, 3rd floor
New Haven, CT 06510–2483

Jack A. Elias, MD
Pulmonary Medicine
Yale Cancer Center

Michael Grey, MD
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Bruce G. Haffty, MD
Therapeutic Radiology
Yale Cancer Center

Graeme L. Hammond, MD
Cardiothoracic Therapy
Yale Cancer Center

Michael Kashgarian, MD
Yale Cancer Center

Ronald Ponn, MD
Thoracic Surgeon
333 Orchard St., Suite 107
New Haven, CT 06511

Carrie A. Redlich, MD, M.P.H.
Occupational Medicine
Yale Cancer Center

Washington, DC Mesothelioma Doctors

Cesar A. Moran, MD
Department of the Army
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Washington, DC 20306

Paul Sugarbaker, MD
Sugarbaker Oncology Associates, P.C.
110 Irving St., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202–877–3908

Mesothelioma Doctor in Florida

Lary A. Robinson, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
At The University of South Florida
12902 Magnolia Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612

John Ruckdeschel, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL 33612–9497

Mesothelioma Doctor in Massachusetts

Richard Kraiden, MD
Pulmonary Pathologist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114

David Sugarbaker, MD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute &
Brighams & Womens Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Michigan Mesothelioma Doctors

Harvey Pass, MD
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI

Gregory P. Kalemkerian, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Co-Director of Thoracic Oncology
Cancer Center Member
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center/Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: (734) 936-5281

Mesothelioma Doctors in Minnesota

Arkadiusz Dudek, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant professor of medicine
Phone: 612-624-0123

Nebraska Mesothelioma Doctor

Brian Loggie, MD
Creighton University Medical Center
Cancer Center, Suite 2321
601 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402–280–5009

New York Mesothelioma Doctors

Manjit Bains, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Philippe A. Chihanian, MD
Mt. Sinai Hospital
5 East 98 St.
New York, NY 10029

David Ilson, MD
Borys Mychalczak, MD
Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Valerie Rusch, FACS
Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212–639–5873

Stephen Rush, MD
North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, NY

Roman Perez–Soler, MD
NW York University Kaplan Cancer Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Robert N. Taub, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Program Director
Columbia–Presbyterian Hospital
Atchley Pavilion Room 907
161 Fort Washington Ave.
New York, NY

North Carolina Mesothelioma Doctor

David H. Harpole, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of General Thoracic Surgery (DUMC)
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Durham VAMC)
Appointments (919) 684-3683

Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Doctors

Larry R. Kaiser, MD
University of Pennsylvania
4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Phone: 215–662–7538

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD
Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 955-2996 or 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669)

Rhode Island Mesothelioma Doctors

David Ettensohn, MD
Pulmonary Medicine
109 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI

David Kern, MD
Memorial Hospital of RI
Occupational Health Clinic
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

John Pella, MD
St. Joseph Hospital
Pulmonary Fatima Unit
200 High Service Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904

S.T. Sambandan, MD
1180 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

Anthony Testa MD
100 Highland Avenue
Providence, RI 02904

South Carolina Mesothelioma Doctors

James Bradof, MD
406 Tiffany Park
Gaffney, SC

Spencer McCachren, MD
Thompson Cancer Center
Knoxville, TN

Texas Mesothelioma Doctors

W. Roy Smythe, MD
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Box 39, Rm. R7.2215
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713–792–6933

Claire Verschraegen, MD
Department Of Clinical Investigation
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Box 39, Rm. R7.2215
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713–792–7959

Washington Mesothelioma Doctors

Samuel Hammer, MD
700 Lebo Road
Bremerton, WA 98310

Eric Vallieres, MD
Box 356310
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195–6310
Phone: 206–543–3093

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