North Shore-LIJ Designated as a Palliative Care Leadership Center

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GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System has been named one of the nation’s 11 Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC). The initiative directs the national effort to address the growing demand from health care providers for assistance in providing palliative care in community settings. The goal is to more effectively manage the care of serious illness.

Palliative care is a new medical specialty focused on maximizing quality of life during serious illness through relief of the pain, symptoms and stress that patients commonly experience.  It is delivered at the same time as all other appropriate treatments for the disease.  Palliative care leads to better quality of care and lower total costs.  It is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness.

Sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) provide customized, intensive operational training—and yearlong mentoring—for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. More than 1,100 hospital and hospice teams have trained with a PCLC since its inception in 2003.

“We are honored to be nationally designated as a Palliative Care Leadership Center and look forward to sharing our knowledge and experiences in teaching other teams at healthcare institutions about how we run our palliative care programs across the North Shore-LIJ Health System,” said Maria Torroella Carney, MD, chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at North Shore-LIJ. “Building upon our expertise in advanced illness management, both in an inpatient and community-based setting, our division of geriatric and palliative medicine closely collaborates with long-term care services, the House Calls program, Hospice Care Network and Care Solutions, the health system’s care management organization, to promote palliative care for patients with serious illness and deliver appropriate care to them at home, in outpatient medical offices and in long-term care facilities.”

North Shore-LIJ, the 14th largest health system in the country,  joins seven current PCLCs from diverse settings, including Akron Children’s Hospital, Fairview Health System, Mount Carmel Health System, Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California, San Francisco and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

The Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ initiative has two objectives:

1) Increase the number of quality palliative care programs across the United States in order to improve access for all people facing serious illness and

 2) Foster sustainability and growth through leadership development, technical assistance and the use of standardized measures of program impact (for example; quality of care, satisfaction, utilization and cost. It is a demonstrably effective method for the diffusion of palliative care innovation.  


 About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,300 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

About CAPC
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. As the leading resource for palliative care development and growth, CAPC provides health care professionals with training, tools and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successfully palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. Visit

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