Regence Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Hospitals to Improve Access to Palliative Care

Mar 10, 2011, 13:43 ET from The Regence Group

PORTLAND, Ore., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Regence Foundation announced today it has made eight palliative care grants to hospitals in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington totaling more than $1.5 million. The grants are to help recipients implement hospital-based palliative care programs. Palliative care is a medical specialty geared toward helping seriously ill patients find relief from the symptoms of their disease.

"Most people associate palliative care with hospice, but it extends well beyond that to anyone who needs help managing the pain and symptoms of a serious disease," said Kieren Porter, Regence Foundation board chair. "Ensuring that palliative care is available to patients earlier in the disease process is a priority for The Regence Foundation, and hospitals are critical resources for making that care available to patients."

Hospital recipients include:

  • Dixie Regional Medical Center (St. George, UT) $247,000
  • Evergreen Hospital Medical Center (Kirkland, WA) $100,000
  • Overlake Hospital Medical Center (Bellevue, WA) $150,000
  • Providence Centralia Hospital (Centralia, WA) $166,000
  • St. John Medical Center (Longview, WA) $238,000
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Lewiston, ID) $124,000
  • Salem Hospital (Salem, OR) $250,000
  • Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford, OR) $238,000

The grants are part of The Regence Foundation's Sojourns grantmaking program to promote palliative care services in hospitals and in the community. Through Sojourns, The Foundation aims to foster best practices, leadership and collaboration that help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access quality palliative care in their own community.

About The Regence Foundation

The Regence Foundation is the corporate foundation of Regence, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain region and a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. A 501(c)3 grantmaking organization, the Foundation partners with organizations driving significant change in health care delivery and accessibility in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Through its Sojourns program, the Foundation also supports organizations advancing quality palliative and end-of-life care. For more information visit or

SOURCE The Regence Group