April 17, 2008 12:45 ET

Leaders in Hospice and Palliative Care Field Recognized at National Conference

Awards Presented by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization presented awards at its 23rd annual Management and Leadership Conference, in Washington, DC, April 10 - 12, 2008.

"By celebrating the accomplishments of leaders in the field of end-of-life care, we are able to shine a light on colleagues that serve as examples to us all," remarked J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Through this important recognition, we advance the work being done by all hospice and palliative care professionals and ultimately increase the standard of care and access for all those in need."

The awards were presented during the three-day conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel:

NHPCO Founders Award honors an individual or organization of national or international stature who has demonstrated a pioneering spirit in opening the frontiers of hospice and palliative care. Founders Award recipients demonstrate extraordinary skill, passion and dedication towards expanding quality end-of-life care. Founders Awards presented at the 2008 MLC:

--  Tom Koutsoumpas, Corporate Vice President of Federal Affairs,
    UnitedHealth Group, Washington, DC.
--  African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda. The award was
    accepted by Faith Mwangi-Powell, Executive Director of APCA.

The Heart of Hospice Award was created on behalf of NHPCO and its professional member division, the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), to acknowledge individuals who have attained repeated outstanding achievements in hospice. Heart of Hospice Awards were presented at MLC:

--  Becky McDonald, RN, Heart of Hospice -- Senior Executive Category,
    Executive Vice President of Program, The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast,
    Clearwater, FL.
--  Karen York, MA, CPMSM, CPHQ, Heart of Hospice -- Management Category,
    Executive Vice President of Organizational Excellence and Mission, Alive
    Hospice, Nashville, TN.

Excellence in Education Awards, presented on behalf of NCHPP, recognize hospice and palliative care organizations that have a successful history of innovation and creativity in the design and creation of educational programming. Excellent in Education Award recipients were:

--  Leadership Development Institute -- Excellence in Education Award for
    a program for hospice/palliative care staff and volunteers, Covenant
    Hospice, Pensacola, FL.
--  "A Plan for Life: Your Personal Journal and Resource Guide" --
    Excellence in Education Award for a program/resource for patients and
    families, The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Clearwater, FL.

Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards recognize hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense -- serving as an inspiration to others. In the Organizational Support Category, recipients demonstrate strength in fundraising, board, and/or administrative support. This year's award went to:

--  Sam and Joyce Goldenberg, volunteers and supporters of Covenant
    Hospice, Pensacola, FL.

NHPCO Public Policy Award is presented to a federal or state legislator or government employee who has made a noteworthy contribution to the advancement of appropriate end-of-life care. The Public Policy Award was presented posthumously to:

--  Bonnie Brown, legislative assistant to Congressman Bill Gradison. She
    was a long-time supporter of hospice and palliative care throughout her
    tenure on Capitol Hill.

Nearly 1,800 hospice and palliative care executives, managers, industry experts, and special guests attended this conference and celebrated the achievements of their colleagues.

NHPCO is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. NHPCO's mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.

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