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Regence Foundation Honors Palliative Care Leaders
Date:6/16/2010

PORTLAND, Ore., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Regence Foundation announced today it has selected four physicians and a statewide consumer coalition to receive Sojourns Awards.  The award recognizes leaders in the field of palliative care.  Each awardee has designated a nonprofit to receive the $50,000 grant associated with the award to support continued advancements in palliative care.  

Palliative care is an approach to care that brings holistic relief and comfort to seriously ill patients and their families.  The award is part of The Regence Foundation's Sojourns grantmaking program to promote hospital- and community-based palliative care services.  Through Sojourns, The Foundation aims to foster best practices, leadership and collaboration that help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access high-quality palliative care in their own communities.

Recipients are:

  • Mimi Pattison, M.D., medical director at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Pattison will donate the $50,000 Sojourns Award to the Franciscan Health System's Foundation to benefit the organization's hospice and palliative services.
  • James Shaw, M.D., director of ethics at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and medical director at Providence Center for Faith and Healing in

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