Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both patients and families provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists working with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage

in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.




































What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care: Helping patients improve quality of life
This video tells two stories:
*A  patient's widow and a patient with an artificial heart. Two physicians describe UW Medicine's approach to palliative care.
*Palliative care helps patients with serious illnesses and their families choose medical care that respects their needs, reduces pain and improves quality of life
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UW Medicine Podcast

The Essence of Palliative Care


On this episode of UW Medicine Pulse we meet some remarkable people who have made caring for the seriously and terminally ill their specialty; and who say, though it can be difficult, it is also inspiring and rewarding to help patients plan for the final stages of life.


Click on the link below to see the KOMO News story of Frank Henderson, a man diagnosed with terminal cancer who is determined to make the most out of his life.


"I think it's powerful and inspirational," said Dr. Caroline Hurd. "I think he's teaching all of us."


Dr. Hurd is the Director of the Education Operations of the Palliative Care Center of Excellence


Terminal Cancer Patient is "Teaching All of Us"

KOMO News Article


Center Cores



    The Administrative Core of the Palliative Care Center of Excellence, led by Jimmy Hoard, oversees the Center’s coordination and development with a focus on achieving its goals and mission.


     Activities include: provide support for the Center’s Directors, faculty and staff who are part of the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations; facilitate access for Center members to grant and contract specialists to assist with proposal development and submission; and provide infrastructure and administrative support for Center activities.    more ....


    The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core is directed by Helene Starks, PhD  MPH with the goal of assisting and facilitating the evaluation of all Center of Excellence activities,  including coordinating and standardizing metrics and measures and providing evaluation and measurement support for Center activities.


    The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core supports the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations through defining, collecting and analyzing data and metrics examining the impact of palliative care on patients, families, providers, trainees and UW medicine as a health system.  more ...


     The Pilot Grant Program will provide financial and administrative support for post-graduate and junior faculty conducting pilot and feasibility studies to generate preliminary data for larger grant proposals.


    The Center is not yet accepting applications, but will announce the application process in 2014. more ....



News and Events



The Palliative Care Center of Excellence strives to keep the most up to date list of events happening locally and nationally in Palliative Medicine.  If you have seen a recent news item or know of an event related to palliative care you'd like to see listed, please let us know.



Puget Sound Business Journal - October 2014  features article about PCCE:
"Washington state emerges as a leader as interest in palliative care rises"
































Special Events

2nd Annual Community of Educators Retreat


“Advance Care Planning:
Moving Upstream, Forging Collaborations,
Using New Tools”


Thursday, November 13th


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Please click on link below for printable version of the report

Caroline Hurd, Claire Creutzfeldt and Lynn Reinke receive Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholar Awards

The PCCE is proud to announce that 3 of its members were part of the inaugural class of Sojourns Scholars honored by the Cambia Health Foundation.  Each will receive a $180,000 two-year grant to further their study.


Cambia Health Foundation began its Sojourns Awards program in 2010 to shine a light on regional palliative care leaders, sharing their innovations and investing in their future work.  Prior award winners include Drs. Randy Curtis, Tony Back and Darrell Owens.  The Foundation has built on the success of the Sojourns Awards to create the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.  This new, national initiative is focused on cultivating emerging palliative care leaders that will drive innovation throughout the field and the healthcare system.


Dr. Caroline Hurd focuses on training medical professionals in palliative care communication at the University of Washington, Dr. Claire Creutzfeldt works in palliative care for stroke patients at the University of Washington, and Lynn Reinke works on palliative care for multi-morbidity patients at the VA Puget Sound.  The Leadership of the PCCE would like to offer them congratulations on their awards.


Special Announcements


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