Diane E. Meier, M.D. - Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care and Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY
Palliative care is focused on maximizing quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. Over 1500 leading U.S. hospitals today have a palliative care team, and Joint Commission recognition of the importance of palliative care to overall quality of care represents a giant step forward for the field.
I know I am joined by colleagues across the country when I express my appreciation to The Joint Commission for helping to ensure that all palliative care teams deliver care of uniformly high quality.