NHPCO and NHF Salute 2015 Circle of Life Award® Honorees

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2015

Award Celebrates Innovation in Palliative and End-of-life Care

(Alexandria, Va) – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation honor the recipients of the 2015 Circle of Life Award® and Citation of Honor. Care Dimensions in Danvers, Mass. is the recipient of the prestigious Circle of Life Award for 2015. Hospice of Frederick County in Frederick, Md., has earned a Citation of Honor.

The award celebrates innovation in end-of-life care and the two programs honored this year demonstrate a commitment to providing palliative care services within the continuum of care along with outreach to traditionally underserved communities.  

Care Dimensions serves 90 eastern Massachusetts communities and an average 650 hospice patients and 140 palliative care patients each day. It provides care in a variety of settings including patients’ homes, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, hospitals, group homes, veterans’ facilities and an inpatient hospice facility. Care Dimensions provides a broad range of services including hospital consultation services; a program to transition from home care to hospice; an early access program that provides both curative and palliative care at the same time, and dedicated skilled nursing facility and assisted living facility teams.

Hospice of Frederick County is part of Maryland’s Frederick Regional Health System. This rural-based hospice emphasizes continuity of care, providing a broad range of services to patients in the hospital, long-term care facilities and even at home. It has an effective outreach to traditionally underserved groups, including to minority communities and to deaf patients and volunteers, and a collaborative program with behavioral health services.

Both of these exemplary programs are members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“The opportunity to learn from innovators in our field benefits all organizations providing hospice and palliative care services and the Circle of Life Award is a significant way for us to spotlight those innovative providers,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO and NHF president and CEO.  “These programs serve as models for us all as we move forward in our shared goal of providing the highest quality of care for all those facing serious and life-limiting illness and we applaud Care Dimensions and hospice of Frederick County.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) annual summit in San Francisco on July 24.

The 2015 awards are supported, in part, by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Cambia Health Foundation. Major sponsors are the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation, the American Hospital Association, and the Catholic Health Association. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association; the Hospice & Palliative Care Credentialing Center and the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation; and the National Association of Social Workers. The Circle of Life Award is a program administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Since 2000, the Circle of Life Award has honored programs that demonstrate excellence and innovation in palliative and end-of-life care. Further information about the honorees and the Circle of Life Award is available at www.aha.org/circleoflife.


Anita Brikman
NHPCO Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139

NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit leadership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. NHPCO’s mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life, www.nhpco.org.  

NHF is the fundraising affiliate of NHPCO. As the national charity for end-of-life care, NHF's mission is to inspire donors to advance compassionate end-of-life care and is responsible for soliciting and stewarding charitable gifts received to National Hospice, www.nationalhospicefoundation.org