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Saint Mary’s Palliative Care receives prestigious Joint Commission certification



Saint Mary’s Palliative Care was recently awarded certification by the Joint Commission, making them the first program in Nevada to be certified and one of 10 programs in the nation. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for patients, both adult and pediatric, with serious illness.

“This certification represents our focus and commitment to offering quality services and care to our patients,” said Piper Gals, director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Saint Mary’s. “Our practice standards are very high and we work diligently to enhance our programs so patients and their families have the best treatment options available.”

Saint Mary’s Palliative Care is evaluated every two years by the Joint Commission who reviews program standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities to ensure a program meets the Advanced Certification criteria. As a certified program, Saint Mary’s is a nationally recognized leader for its expertise in developing exemplary Palliative Care programs. The certification also emphasizes patient and family engagement models, processes which support the coordination of care and communication among providers and the use of evidence-based patient care guidelines.

Palliative care is designed to prevent or treat the symptoms of the disease, side effects caused by the treatment, and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to the disease. Saint Mary’s Palliative Care currently cares for nearly 100 patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis and is one of few providers in the area to offer Pediatric Palliative Care services.

To learn more about Saint Mary’s Palliative Care call 770-7256.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare. A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West)

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, provides integrated, patient and family centered care to more than five million people annually. It is the fifth-largest health system in the country with nearly 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Through its network of 115 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals, Dignity Health is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2011, Dignity Health provided more than $1.4 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.

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