May 2014 Professional Newsletter – Executive Director’s Message
There is an old Chinese saying “May you live in interesting times”. Depending on who you talk to it is either a blessing or a curse. I believe it is a blessing. In “interesting times”, we have the opportunity to be agents of change and creators of a better future.
As I talk with leaders in palliative care, in hospice and in health care systems, the words I am hearing more and more are “culture change”. If palliative care is to achieve its potential … If palliative care is to be at the core of changing our health care system to one that is truly patient-centered, compassionate, respectful of the holistic needs of those with serious or chronic illness and those they love, we are talking about the need for concerted culture change.