SAN DIEGO, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- February 14 is widely known as Valentine's Day, but at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, the organization celebrates 34 years as a trusted healthcare resource in 2011. As one of the largest not-for-profit hospice programs in the United States, local leaders and the media have cited San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine as the "gold standard" in hospice and palliative medicine.
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine cares for more than a thousand people every day, and thousands more find solace through its innovative support programs for people of all ages. In addition, as one of the only academic hospice programs in the world, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice trains future palliative care physicians and medical professionals who will help to transform healthcare in their own communities – whether here in the United States or around the world.
"Because of the important work conducted here, greater numbers of patients and families are discovering that hospice is a life-affirming alternative in improving quality of life, effectively easing pain, and compassionately caring for patients and loved ones," said Kathleen Pacurar, President & CEO of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. "We are honored to be a trusted healthcare leader right here in San Diego, as well as recognized nationally and globally."
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is the area's original hospice program, established in 1977, and currently cares for more than 1,000 adults and children each day around the county.
"We exist to make a difference: to relieve suffering, to restore dignity and to teach other medical professionals and organizations how to make a difference in their own communities," said Pacurar. "I'm extremely proud of our employees and volunteers who are devoted to what they do. Our work brings constant reminders that every moment of life is to be cherished. We are honored to be involved with people at such a special and critical time in their lives."
To learn about the benefits of hospice care, visit online: www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free (866) 688-1600. Join our online communities on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandiegohospice, Twitter: www.twitter.com/sandiegohospice, and our blog The Caregiver's Corner www.sandiegocaregiversblog.com.
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