Kentucky agency seen as ‘a model for others’
LEXINGTON (July 13, 2017) – The American Hospital Association has presented a 2017 Circle of Life Award to Bluegrass Care Navigators “for innovation in palliative care and for improving the care of patients near the end of life.”
Bluegrass Care Navigators, the only repeat honoree, has done “incredible work incorporating palliative and end-of-life care into all aspects of care, from primary to specialty, and into the community,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Now in its 18th year, the Circle of Life Award™ celebrates programs that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. Nominations were reviewed and site-visited by a selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work and health administration.
“Since 1978, we have cared for thousands of families in our community and expanded our services to improve quality of life long before the final months. Through the strength and diversity of our community and provider partnerships, we are taking a strategic, thoughtful approach to the care continuum,” said Liz Fowler, President and CEO of Bluegrass Care Navigators.
The award is the agency’s third recent national honor. In June, it was named a 2017 Hospice Honors Elite recipient, placing it among the best in the nation. The award recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
In May, Modern Healthcare named Bluegrass Care Navigators one of its prestigious “2017 Best Places to Work” award winners. Based on employees’ input, the award salutes health care workplaces that empower their employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care.
The three major national awards reflect praise from consumers, the agency’s staff and the health care community – for nearly four decades of providing expert, compassionate care.