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Presbyterian Healthcare Services Named a Palliative Care Leadership Center™ (PCLC)

September 24, 2015

Media Contacts:
Amanda Schoenberg, Presbyterian Healthcare Services 505-923-6339,
Lauren Rankin, Center to Advance Palliative Care, 212-201-2671,

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, September 24, 2015—In recognition of its efforts to expand palliative care in community settings, Presbyterian Healthcare Services has been named one of the nation's eleven Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC). Presbyterian will be the only center in the Southwest.

The PCLC initiative leads the national effort to address the growing demand from health care providers for assistance in providing palliative care in community settings. The goal is to more effectively manage the care of serious illness.

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on maximizing quality of life during serious illness through relief of the pain, symptoms and stress that patients commonly experience.  Unlike hospice, it is delivered at the same time as other appropriate treatments. Palliative care leads to better quality of care and lower total costs. It is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness.

Sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ provide customized, intensive operational training—and yearlong mentoring—for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. More than 1,100 hospital and hospice teams have trained with a PCLC since its inception in 2003.

"We are truly honored to be named a Palliative Care Leadership Center," said Nancy Guinn, Medical Director, Presbyterian Healthcare at Home. "We look forward to sharing our experiences and learning from other healthcare organizations that are also focused on improving palliative care. At Presbyterian, to expand access to this important care, we are increasingly focused on providing palliative care in community settings, such as patient homes and outpatient clinics. Our goal is to provide a safe space for our patients when they face a serious illness—where they can be heard, where they can make decisions that impact their care, and where we can help to reduce pain and suffering for them and their families."

Presbyterian is one of four organizations joining the current PCLCs—Akron Children's Hospital, Fairview Health System, Mount Carmel Health System, Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California, San Francisco and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

The Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ initiative has two objectives: 1) Increase the number of quality palliative care programs across the United States to improve access for all people facing serious illness and 2) Foster sustainability and growth through leadership development, technical assistance and the use of standardized measures of program impact (e.g. quality of care, satisfaction, utilization and cost. It is a demonstrably effective method for the diffusion of palliative care innovation.


About CAPC
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. As the leading resource for palliative care development and growth, CAPC provides health care professionals with training, tools and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successfully palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

Learn more at the Center to Advance Palliative Care website
Related link: Palliative Care Leadership Centers


About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's second-largest private employer with more than 10,000 employees.

Related link: Presbyterian Healthcare Services Palliative Medicine website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Media Inquiries:

Amanda Schoenberg
Communications Specialist

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