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April 13, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center Is A LIVESTRONG® Award Recipient

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma is a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project finalist and will receive $10,000 to support advanced certification of its palliative medicine program.

In all, the project created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will benefit proven cancer support programs in 90 communities across the nation.

St. Joseph, part of the Franciscan Health System, will use the grant to support its application for Advanced Certification for Palliative Medicine. The Center to Advance Palliative Care will provide tools and training to staff at Franciscan and 20 hospitals and cancer centers in the U.S. to assist their efforts to qualify for this level of certification. The Palliative Medicine Consultation Service at St. Joseph serves about 650 patients annually.

Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on relieving suffering, and providing the best possible quality of remaining life, for patients coping with the pain and symptoms of cancer and other serious illnesses. Palliative care is also provided at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, which are part of the Franciscan Health System.

St. Joseph was among more than 200 hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States selected to participate in an online voting campaign to determine which would receive grants from the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project. Over a two-week period in March, more than 450,000 votes were cast nationwide.

"We are proud to be a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient," said Mimi Pattison, MD, medical director for Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care. "We also extend our grateful appreciation to everyone who voted for our program."

The Lance Armstrong Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

"By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on," said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the foundation. "We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer."

The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million for the fight against cancer.

St. Joseph Medical Center has served the community since 1891. It is the largest of five hospitals in the Franciscan Health System, which is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the country.

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Scott Thompson
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