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Clinician Named Inspirational Leader in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Kate Lally, MD, FACP, has been named an inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate individuals who are the young leaders in the field. Dr. Lally is one of these physicians recognized by her peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and AAHPM.

Dr. Lally is the director of palliative care at Care New England, hospice medical director at the VNA of Care New England, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“All of us at Care New England are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients throughout their lives,” said Lally. “We work closely with our patients and their families to ensure we are providing care that is consistent with their wishes. To be recognized for our collective efforts around such an important topic is an honor.”

In 2012, under Dr. Lally’s leadership, Care New England became a pioneer sponsor of The Conversation Project, a public campaign co-founded by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Goodman and developed in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The Conversation Project is a public campaign with a simple and transformative goal: to have every person’s end-of-life wishes expressed and respected.

Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients. Palliative care can and should be provided to patients who continue to receive treatments to try to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely to be six months or less. Hospice and palliative care also helps patients and families understand their treatment options and make decisions about their care, and provides information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family and caregivers and grief counseling.

For more information on Care New England’s efforts regarding hospice and palliative care, visit http://carenewengland.org/conversationproject. More information on this Award, including the list of the award winners is on the Academy’s website www.aahpm.org.

About Care New England

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent, affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; a home care and hospice agency, the VNA of Care New England; a community based mental health provider organization, The Providence Center; and the Care New England Wellness Center.

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