SVMH Foundation Receives $86,000 Grant for Palliative Care
Salinas, CA, December 19, 2018 – The Hospice Giving Foundation has awarded an $86,000 grant to the Salinas
Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation to support the SVMHS Palliative Medicine Program.
“This generous grant is allowing us to expand our palliative care
services,” says Linda Ford, CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Foundation. “These funds will go toward the hiring of a part time
Palliative Care Nurse Navigator and for the purchasing of tablets which
will assist patients with the completion of advance directives, the legal
documents that detail their wishes about healthcare decisions at the end
The Palliative Medicine Program has been serving patients at SVMH since
2010. In the past two years, with support from hospital leadership and
the Hospice Giving Foundation, has expanded strategically to serve more
patients and families than ever before.
Palliative care services at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital are available
to any patient facing a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality
of life for both the patient and the family. The palliative care team
uses a variety of approaches and therapies to control symptoms, manage
pain, reduce stress and make the patient more comfortable. This specialized
area of medicine has shown to enhance quality of life for patients and
their family members, and can help at any age and at any stage of serious illness.
“Prior to 2017, the Palliative Medicine Program at Salinas Valley
Memorial only served people on an in-patient basis however people who
are not hospitalized can benefit even more from palliative care,”
says Wendell Harry, MD, Director of Palliative Care Services at SVMH.
“We have enhanced our program to include outpatient palliative care,
allowing us to provide better symptom management, disease understanding
and advance care planning earlier in a person’s illness.”