The Joint Commission
Sunday 8:21 CST, January 22, 2017

Palliative Care

The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care, launched in 2011, recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for adult and pediatric patients with serious illness. Palliative care addresses a patient’s, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. The Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care emphasizes:

  • A formal, organized palliative care program led by an interdisciplinary team whose members have advanced training in palliative care
  • Leadership endorsement and support of the program’s goals for providing care, treatment and services
  • A special focus on patient and family engagement
  • Processes that support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers
  • The use of evidence-based national guidelines or expert consensus to support patient care processes

Eligible organizations must have:

  • A full-time service, where patients can access palliative care as needed, 24 hours per day
  • The ability to provide palliative care to the entire inpatient population

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Certification Contact Directory

Patrick Phelan
Interim Executive Director
(630) 792-5145

David Eickemeyer
Associate Director
630-792-5697

Caroline Isbey
Associate Director
630-792-5279

Brian Johnson
Associate Director
630-792-5144

Lija Basu
Marketing Manager, Certification
630-792-5197

Francine Topps
Business Development Specialist
630-792-5058

Kristine Stejskal
Business Development Coordinator
630-792-5291

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