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Winston-Salem end-of-life partnership wins national award.

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. [03.12.04] –The Community Partnership for End of Life Care, a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem, won one of five national Community Coalitions Awards of Excellence from an initiative of the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that fosters effective local coalitions that address end-of-life care.

The partnership, which includes more than 200 health-care professionals, religious leaders, officials of human-services agencies, patients and families, also received $15,000 from the foundation.

Launched in October 2000 with a three-year grant of $425,000 from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, the partnership has worked to involve people from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, including a collaboration with 20 local churches, in its effort to help families better communicate their end-of-life needs, and help health-care professionals and others better understand and meet those needs.

The partnership, which two years teamed up with Arbor Acres, a retirement community operated by the United Methodist Church, to provide education and planning for residents and staff, also has received $10,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to work with Salemtowne, a Moravian retirement community, and Brookridge, a Baptist retirement community, said Dee Leahman, the partnership’s director.

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