Boise, Idaho – With roughly 3,000 online votes, Saint Alphonsus has been selected as a recipient of the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project. The program was created to bring proven cancer support initiatives to communities across the United States. Winners were selected through an online voting campaign that began March 7, 2012. Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award and technical support to implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation was established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.
Saint Alphonsus will receive $10,000 in funding and technical assistance to further develop its palliative care programming on behalf of Treasure Valley patients living with cancer and other serious illness. To date, only a small number of hospitals nationwide have successfully sought this new certification, which was first introduced in 2011.
Palliative services focus on the symptom-management, spiritual, emotional, educational, and social needs of patients admitted to the hospital for treatment of serious illness. Palliative care ensures that patients facing complex conditions, and their family members, are informed and empowered to make choices that are right for them, and which promote quality of life within the limitations of their illness. Palliative care can represent a precious and irreplaceable source of comfort for patients and families who are facing life-changing conditions, end-of-life issues, and profound decisions.
About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
About Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed regional medical center serving people throughout the Northwest. As a not-for-profit medical center, Saint Alphonsus reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. Saint Alphonsus focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment, and is renowned for its state-of-the-art digital environment and pioneering technologies; award-winning clinical services; and the region’s only Level II Trauma Center. Saint Alphonsus is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System, a four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health. For information about Saint Alphonsus visit www.saintalphonsus.org.