News and Events

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

 

Director
Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

A. Bruce Montgomery –
American Lung Association

Endowed Chair in
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

 

 

A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on link below for printable version of the report

 

From the director:

It is with great excitement that I make the following announcement. Cambia Health Foundation has provided a $10 million gift to UW

Medicine for the Palliative Care Center of Excellence. This very

generous gift will help to secure the future of the Center and

prompts the renaming of the Center to the "Cambia Palliative

Care Center of Excellence" at UW Medicine.

 

This gift will also be used to create endowments to support research, education, and clinical leadership in palliative care for

UW Medicine and throughout the region.

 

Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia

Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated

to transforming the way people experience health care. The

foundation has supported the advancement of palliative care since 2009. This gift is the foundation’s largest investment to date, bringing total funding for regional and national palliative care

programs and initiatives to just over $22 million.

 

“The Cambia Palliative Care Center for Excellence at UW Medicine has quickly become a national role model for best practices in palliative care education, metrics and implementation, and we are

proud of our ongoing partnership,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair of the Cambia Health Foundation. “This investment underscores our belief that, together, the foundation and the Cambia Palliative Care Center for Excellence will be a catalyst for growth and innovation in the field of palliative medicine, both regionally and nationally.”

 

We are grateful for the interest and generosity of the Cambia Health Foundation and its support of palliative care and the Center. You can find out more about Cambia Health Foundation by visiting their website at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org.

 

You can also read more details about this gift by viewing the press release at the link below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington was launched in 2012 with the goal of giving every patient with serious illness access to high-quality palliative care focused on relieving symptoms, maximizing quality of life and ensuring care that concentrates on patients’ goals. Interprofessional teams of nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and doctors must work together to meet the complex medical, emotional and spiritual needs of seriously ill patients and their loved ones, and these teams need support and resources. The goal of the newly renamed Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, directed by J. Randall Curtis, M.D., MPH, is to see that palliative care has an integral and prominent role in healthcare — regionally, nationally and internationally — for seriously ill patients and their families.

 

About Cambia Health Foundation

 

Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Palliative Care, Transforming Health Care and Children’s Health. The Foundation has funded just over $29 million in grants to support these causes. Cambia Health Foundation’s investments in palliative care advance patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering.
Learn more at
www.cambiahealthfoundation.org.

 

 

What is Palliative Care?

 

  • Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.
  • Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
  • Palliative care addresses a patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.
  • There is a significant need to increase, enhance and support the palliative care workforce on a national level. Today, there is approximately one palliative care medical professional for every 1,200 people facing serious illness. And, as the baby boomer population ages, there will be a greatly increased need for palliative care both for patients and their families.

 

 

What Will the Cambia Palliative Care
Center of Excellence Do?

 

The mission of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence is to improve the palliative care received by patients with serious illness and their families and to provide support to clinicians caring for these patients. The center will help ensure that all patients and families are treated in a compassionate, respectful, individualized way by focusing on three interrelated areas:

  • Enhancing the palliative care programs at UW Medicine hospitals and providing tools and support to other institutions building palliative care programs;
  • Educating physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other clinicians, as well as students, in the art and science of providing thoughtful, expert palliative care; and
  • Conducting research and innovative pilot projects to improve our understanding of high-quality palliative care and how to deliver it to every patient with serious illness every time

 

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