Hospice earns national recognition for programs

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado has been named a Circle of Life Award Honoree in an annual awards program that recognizes organizations across the United States that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.

The Grand Junction-based hospice was one of eight organizations in the country honored by the program conducted by the American Hospital Association.

“We feel extremely honored to be a recipient of this special award,” said Christy Whitney, president and chief executive officer Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. “The communities we serve must be recognized for how they have come together to transform people’s experiences at the end of life. It’s the support of our communities — through volunteerism and financial support — that enables us to reach our goals.”

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western was selected by a committee comprised of leaders from medicine, nursing, social work, ethics and health administration. The committee focused on programs that respect patient goals and preferences, provide comprehensive care, acknowledge and address the family or caregivers’ concerns and needs and build systems and mechanisms of support to continue the program for future patients and caregivers.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado provides comprehensive hospice and palliative care and grief-related services in an area comprising more than 7,000 square miles in Western Colorado with facilities in Delta, Grand Junction, Montrose and Plateau Valley.