Palliative Care Nurse, Educator to Receive 3rd annual Doris A. Howell, MD, Award
Institute Honors Christine Knutson, RN, MSN, with Award Named for Palliative Care Pioneer
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21 – A longtime nurse, educator, and advocate who has devoted her career to expanding access to hospice and palliative care for patients and families in San Diego County has been named the 2018 recipient of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing Palliative Care.
Christine B. Knutson, RN, MSN, will be presented with the annual award on Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Institute’s headquarters at California State University San Marcos. The invitation-only event will also pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Dr. Howell, who died Nov. 23, at the age of 94–just shy of her 95th birthday.
Dr. Howell was a legendary physician in pediatric hematology, oncology and community medicine who pioneered the hospice movement in San Diego, creating an innovative model recognized across the country. In a 2013 article, the then-president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization called Dr. Howell “an icon in our field.”