Congratulations to Hospice and Palliative Care Visionaries
Today, we join the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) in recognizing 30 of the most influential individuals in hospice and palliative medicine. These accomplished leaders, physicians, nurses, researchers and advocates were named the 2013 Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionaries in commemoration of the AAHPM’s 25th anniversary.
MyDirectives shares the Academy’s appreciation in honoring these inspiring professionals. For instance, Dr. David McGrew, as a member of the Florida Legislature’s Panel for the Study of End of Life Care, helped change laws regarding advance directives, do not resuscitate orders and professional education. Dr. Susan Block, Chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, has committed her distinguished career to “improving communications about end-of-life care, enhancing advance care planning and focusing on goal-consistent care, through research and professional and public education.”
We thank these visionaries for their demonstrated passion to both alleviating the pain associated with “the physical, psychological, spiritual and practical burdens of serious illness” at the end of life as well as their commitment to “helping families navigate the complex healthcare system.”
These aims of improving end-of-life care communications and advance care planning are exactly what MyDirectives is all about. By proviidng a free online service for creating advance medical directives, we emphasize addressing medical care decision-making and planning before you become a patient.
Congratulations to all the winners and to the thousands of other caring professionals whose work is recognized not by awards, but by the rewardsof smiles, hugs and satisfaction from families and loved ones for a job well done. Thank you all for all you do! Learn about all 30 AAHPM Visionaries!