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Highmark Takes Gold in Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in End-of-Life Care

November 21, 2013

(Pittsburgh – November 21, 2013) On Thursday, November 21, three local teams were honored as recipients of the sixth annual Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care. The awards were presented during an evening reception at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. KDKA’s Jon Burnett MC’d the event. Sponsored by The Fine Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), the Fine Awards reinforce the critical role teamwork plays in health care. The theme of this year’s awards was “Care at the End of Life,” focusing on helping patients make informed decisions and ease physical, emotional, and financial burdens at the end of life.

    The 2013 Fine Awards for Excellence in Care at End of Life are:
  • Gold: Highmark for Advanced Illness Services (AIS): Enhancing Care at End-of-Life
  • Silver: UPMC’s Palliative and Supportive Institute (PSI) for Palliative Care Integration Across the Continuum
  • Bronze: Community LIFE for Honoring Choice

Details of each initiative can be found in the addendum to this release.

“This year’s winners show a deep commitment to putting patients first in end-of-life decisions,” said Milton Fine, chairman of The Fine Foundation. “Through ingenuity and teamwork, they partner with patients and families to ensure patient dignity and that patient preferences for how they want to live out the end of their lives are honored.”

A distinguished panel of regional and national experts selected the winners based on evidence of data focused on a number of criteria including informed choices, pain management, and advanced directives.

“Increasingly, healthcare providers recognize the roadblocks patients face in receiving the end-of-life care that they want and need,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of JHF. “We are proud to partner with The Fine Foundation to honor the excellent work being done locally to eliminate gaps in care and align financial incentives with desired treatment options. Medical care during life’s final stages consumes substantial health care dollars and is often inattentive to patient preferences. This year’s entries illustrate the importance of organizations like the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative in spreading best practices.”

Each winning team is featured in a short video debuted that evening and will become part of the “Teachable Moments” collection of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. These concise, inspiring videos help to spread best practices in quality improvement and are distributed to more than 1,000 healthcare quality thought leaders in the United States, Canada, and Israel. The winning projects will also be featured on Tomorrow’s HealthCareTM, JHF’s web-based quality improvement platform designed to facilitate forward-thinking healthcare organizations’ efforts to meet quality, safety, and efficiency targets. More information about the 2013 Fine Awards winners, as well previous winners, can be viewed at www.prhi.org or www.jhf.org.

Available for Interviews:
Karen Wolk Feinstein, President and CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Milton Fine, Chairman, The Fine Foundation
Fine Award Winners upon Request

About the Jewish Healthcare Foundation
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency and safety of healthcare. JHF and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and Health Careers Futures (HCF) are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

About The Fine Foundation
The Fine Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based foundation established in 2007 by Milton and Sheila Fine. The foundation is interested in projects that make a difference in people’s lives; are a good investment in the short and long term; and have an impact in four areas of interest – arts and culture, science and medicine, Jewish life, and the enrichment of the Pittsburgh region.

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