Thursday, September 20, 2012

NEW Mary J. Labyak Institute for Innovation



The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has created the Mary J. Labyak Institute for Innovation.  The Institute, which is named after the late hospice pioneer, Mary J. Labyak, is designed to continue her legacy of listening, learning and innovating.  The Institute is a part of the National Center for Care at the End of Life which also houses NHPCO and three affiliate organizations.
The Institute will develop and promote new strategies to ensure the best possible care of patients and families. The initial work of the Institute includes:

  • Convening experts within the hospice and palliative care field and beyond to create new care models and practices
  • Publishing articles, Continuum Briefings and other communications aimed at promoting and cultivating innovation
  • Identifying, packaging and disseminating promising practices and innovative programs
  • Infusing hospice values into the ongoing work of The National Center for Care at the End of Life and stakeholders

The Institute is comprised of 10 Centers that will work collaboratively to advance the care continuum through education, leadership, and resource dissemination. Each Center will determine gaps in practice, identify resources, and develop and disseminate tools to deliver the best possible care to patients and families. The 10 Centers are:

  1. Children's Hospice and Palliative Care
  2. Clinical Excellence
  3. Consumer and Caregiver Engagement
  4. Ethical Practice
  5. Expanding the Continuum
  6. Grief and Bereavement
  7. Leadership Development
  8. Organizational Excellence
  9. Spiritual Care
  10. Veterans' Care


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