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Children’s Nationally Honored for Innovative Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Nov 02, 2018 04:49PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Hand in Hand program has been nationally recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for providing innovative and collaborative palliative and end-of-life care. The AHA has awarded Children’s with a Circle of Life AwardÔCitation of Honor for advancing the care of children and families facing life-limiting illness.

“The Hand in Hand team is so honored and humbled by this recognition of our teamwork and the strengths of interdisciplinary palliative care,” says Meaghann Weaver, M.D., MPH, FAAP, division chief of Pediatric Palliative Care at Children’s. “We are daily inspired by the strengths and graces of the families we serve. We feel privileged to partner across disciplines as we together care meaningfully for children and their families across service settings.”

The AHA praised Children’s program for its “devoted support for seriously ill patients and their families from diagnosis through end of life and beyond, and for Hand in Hand’s efforts to reach families through a multi-state, largely rural area.” The family-focused program was also commended for its work in overcoming economic disparities and creating equal access to care.