2010 SCCPI Excellence in Pain Management Group Award
PAL-MED CONNECT Team
This is the first time we have awarded a hotline site but it is very
special. This is a grant-funded hotline that provides free access for
healthcare professionals seeking expertise and educational resources related
to palliative care and complex symptom management. Callers speak directly
to expert clinicians at no charge. It is California based but reaches
national needs. It is part of The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San
Diego Hospice. This group meets a really important need for health care
providers who otherwise know no one else to call for hard to manage
patient’s pain and palliative care needs. Did you know there are 38 million
Californians and only 400 Board-certified palliative medicine physicians in
our state? The bottom line is patients are benefiting from improved
clinical practice of their physicians because they were able to get the
information they needed from palliative pain experts to help them manage
their patients’ difficult symptoms. Everyone wins with this service.
Congratulations for the work you do. This is a priceless service that
allows patients to receive the care they need without leaving their current
health care provider. We are really excited to be able to recognize the
work you do Pal-Med Connect.
Quote: “Only palliative care hotline available 24/7" "Fabulous and invaluable service"