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Date:1/29/2009

The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego will operate California's first statewide consultative service for palliative care resources

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Communities in California lacking palliative medicine resources will now receive top quality palliative care consultative and educational support through a new hotline operated by The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego.

The Institute for Palliative Medicine received a $1,203,547 grant from UnitedHealth Group to help develop, implement and evaluate palliative care consultative services by phone and internet. The hotline will be called the California Palliative Care Consultation Center Hotline. It will soon be operational and the number is (toll free) 1-888-592-2510.

Located on the campus of San Diego Hospice since its founding as the Center for Palliative Studies in 1989, The Institute for Palliative Medicine has achieved international recognition for its innovative education programs, patient/family-centered research and evidence-based advocacy. San Diego Hospice is one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in the United States.

Palliative care is the prevention and relief of suffering by a specialized inter-disciplinary health care team that focuses on managing symptoms, relieving pain, and improving quality of life, whatever the diagnosis. The Institute for Palliative Medicine helped pioneer the palliative medicine subspecialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006.

"We are very excited and pleased to have been awarded this grant by UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare," said Helen McNeal, Executive Director of The Institute for Palliative Medicine. "With their assistance, we will be able to offer palliative care assistance and educational support by phone and across the internet to physicians, nurse practitioners and clinical pharmacists caring f
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