Hospice of the Valley One of Three 2018 Circle of Life Award® Winners Nationwide / by Joe Furia

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

AzHHA member and prominent hospice organization, Hospice of the Valley, was presented the prestigious 2018 Circle of Life Award® at the American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit in San Diego last week. “This year’s honorees demonstrate that the needs of patients and their families can be met at home and in other community settings to ensure that the best possible care is provided across the care spectrum,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

Hospice of the Valley has created a comprehensive continuum of home-based primary care, palliative services and hospice care to support changing healthcare needs for chronically ill and medically fragile patients. The program partners with payers, community physicians, hospitals, and health systems identifying individuals at high risk for hospitalizations and providing care coordination for those with chronic illnesses including dementia, lung disease, heart disease and cancer. Results have shown not only an increase in patient satisfaction, but a significant cost savings due to a reduction in unnecessary hospitalizations.

Congratulations to Hospice of the Valley for a well-earned recognition.