Twenty-Four Health Care Organizations Win The First John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge

February 5, 2020

NEW YORK, NY (February 5, 2020)—The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) proudly announced today the winners of the inaugural round of the The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge, a national innovation and quality improvement challenge sponsored by CAPC and The John A. Hartford Foundation. The Challenge is the cornerstone of a five-year campaign aimed at creating a tipping point in the improvement of care delivered to millions of Americans living with a serious illness. Over 1500 organizations participated.

The goal of the first Tipping Point Challenge was to help health care organizations expand the ability to effectively care for seriously ill patients by enhancing skills among clinicians in all medical specialties treating serious illness. These include communication, pain management, and symptom management skills directed at the complex needs of people living with serious illness. The second Challenge will be announced in Spring 2020 and will focus specifically on the development of innovation.

According to Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, “The enthusiasm and heightened activity of health care organizations across the country to rapidly enhance skills that are not usually the focus of training in medical school, is a testament to the thirst and extraordinary need to improve the quality of care provided to people living with serious illness. The competition also shows a very productive collaboration between clinicians and their C-Suite leaders that energizes, inspires, and demonstrates high levels of leadership.”

“We congratulate the winners of the Tipping Point Challenge for their commitment to continuous learning and skill-building so that all patients with serious illness receive the highest quality care that focuses on what matters most to them,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation.

From 1500 participating health care organizations, 24 organizations won and another 70 achieved the Honor Roll. Many found that the competition challenged them to be more ambitious in their thinking and facilitated the spread of skills across specialties and disciplines. Organizations and leadership tackled the issue on an enterprise-level, enabling them to continue scaling improvement in the care they deliver to this patient population.

The 24 winning organizations are:

Aspire Health
Bluegrass Care Navigators
Butler Memorial Hospital
CareMore Health
Compassion Hospice
Compassus
HCSC
House of Loreto
Lutheran Hospice and Palliative Care
Main Line Health – Hospice
McKenzie County Healthcare System
Medical University of South Carolina
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MercyOne Clinton Medical Center
Moffitt Cancer Center
OSF St. Luke Medical Center
Snowline Hospice
St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital
St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital
Stonehill Franciscan Services
Stony Brook University Hospital
Sutter Care at Home
VA Medical Center Iowa City
Visiting Physicians Association

The 70 Honor Roll recipients include:

Agrace HospiceCare
Ambercare
Aspen Hospice Care Inc
Aspire Health
Attention Plus Care
Blue Shield of California
Bluegrass Care Navigators
Butler Memorial Hospital
CareMore Health
Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility
Compassion Hospice
Compassus
Constructive Partnerships Unlimited
Exeter Hospital
Front Range Hospice & Palliative Care
HCSC
Highmark Inc.
HMSA BlueCross BlueShield of Hawaii
Holy Cross Long-Term Nursing Care
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice of Western Kentucky
House of Loreto
Inland Empire Health Plan
Iowa City VA Health Care System
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Home Health & Hospice
Knox Community Hospital
Lutheran Hospice and Palliative Care
Main Line Health – Hospice
Margaret Mary Health
McKenzie County Healthcare System
Medical University of South Carolina
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MercyOne Clinton Medical Center
Midland Care Connection
Moffitt Cancer Center
Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital
Mount Carmel Grove City
Mount Carmel Home Care
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Nathan Adelson Hospice
NorthStar Care Community
NYC Health and Hospitals – Coney Island
Optum Complex Care Management
OSF Holy Family Medical Center
Pathways Home Health and Hospice
PopHealthCare
Providence Connections – Portland
Providence ElderPlace – Portland
Providence ElderPlace Housing
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Snowline Hospice
St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital
St. Mary’s Hospital
Stonehill Franciscan Services
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
Stony Brook University Hospital
Summit Medical Group – New Jersey
The Alverno Healthcare Facility
The Valley Hospital
Tomah Memorial Hospital
UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital
UnityPoint at Home – Des Moines Home Health
UPMC Cole
Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
Visiting Physicians Association
VNA of Care New England
Waldo County General Hospital

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. www.capc.org and tippingpointchallenge.capc.org.

About The John A. Hartford Foundation
The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The leader in the field of aging and health, the Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit johnahartford.org and follow @johnahartford.

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