The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Regence Group, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain region. It has launched the Sojourns program, which is designed to help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access quality palliative care in their own community. The Sojournís Pathway grants offer comprehensive support including funding and best-practices training and mentoring to nonprofit and public hospitals and partnering community-based organizations interested in developing, implementing, and enhancing palliative care services. The Program targets three phases: hospitals that need to plan a palliative care program, those that seek to implement a plan for a program, and those with a program that wish to expand it through partnerships with other community organizations. Planning grants are awarded to nonprofit or public hospitals with 100 or more beds that donít offer a formal palliative care program. Implementation grants are given to nonprofit or public hospitals with 100 or more beds that do not offer a formal palliative care program, or whose palliative care program has been active or intermittent for two years or less. Innovation grants fund nonprofit or public hospitals or established hospital collaboratives that provide palliative care services and seek to close gaps in local systems of care through partnerships with other organizations in their community. Organizations in Washington, Utah, Oregon, and Idaho are eligible to apply. The deadline is for the Implementation grants. Innovation grants are accepted on a rolling basis until funding is gone. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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