Dixie Regional Medical Center
The Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns grantmaking program promotes hospital- and community-based palliative care services. Palliative care is a medical specialty geared toward helping seriously ill patients find relief from the symptoms of their disease. Through Sojourns, The Foundation aims to foster best practices, leadership and collaboration that help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access quality palliative care in their own community.
Patients at the end of life are staying in hospitals for long periods of time, including expensive days in Intensive Care Units. There are many studies that show patients who die in hospitals suffer. Patients continue to have symptoms undertreated, decision conflicts, impairment in caregivers' physical and psychological health and depletion of family resources.
A Cambia Health Foundation grant of $247,000 to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George will allow it to implement a hospital-based palliative care program, including Foundation-provided training from the Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC). PCLC is a national training and mentoring initiative to help hospitals start and expand high-quality palliative care programs. With the grant, Dixie will increase its ability to provide comprehensive palliative care services and ultimately serve as a model for other health care providers across Utah.