CCR Launches Initiative for Hospice and Palliative Care Teams

May 24 2012

With generous support from Prince Charitable Trusts, the Center for Civic Reflection launched a Fall 2011 initiative called "Strengthening Those Who Serve: Reflective Reading and Discussion Programs for Palliative Care and Hospice Teams." This program helped six hospices and palliative care teams in the Chicago area to launch civic reflection programs: Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Rush University Medical Center, and University of Chicago Medical Center. It provided nurses, doctors, social workers and other staff members with an opportunity to reflect together on the meaning of service in health care. The "Strengthening Those Who Serve" program followed a successful two-year pilot by the Palliative Care Service at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago's largest public hospital. An evaluation of the program's impact in 2009 indicated that the Reflective Reading series has enhanced the job satisfaction of members of the Palliative Care Service and increased their ability to work both with one another and with the patients they serve.

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