Palliative Care Program Gets Nod

Sue Pearson, DO

Mercy Hospital St. Louis recently was announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Finalist and award recipient – one of only 20 palliative programs nationally – to assist with its palliative care program certification. The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation,the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.

“We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Sue Pearson, DO, medical director of Mercy Clinic Palliative Care and Post-Acute Services St. Louis. “This award will directly impact our ability to support those in our community who need palliative care services. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of patients with cancer and chronic diseases along with their families in our area.”

More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast and Mercy was among the finalists. Mercy will use the $10,000 award to achieve Advanced Certification for Palliative Care through the Joint Commission – striving to become one of the first 25 hospitals in the country and only in St. Louis with this newly created certification.

Advanced Certification for Palliative Careis designed to set standards and acknowledge hospitals providing state-of-the-art palliative care services that relieve symptoms and stress of serious illness and improve quality of life for patients.  The Center to Advance Palliative Care will provide tools and training to 20 hospitals and cancer centers across the country to assist in their efforts to qualify for the Certification.

“By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO.  “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”

The Lance Armstrong Foundationis committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Mercy East Communities operates Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital Washington in Washington, Mo., Mercy Health Services, Mercy Affiliated Physicians and Mercy Clinic, a medical group with more than 450 physicians.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease.  Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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