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Institute Honors LightBridge Hospice Founder Jill Mendlen

Jill MendlenLightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care Founder to Receive 4th annual Doris A. Howell, MD, Award

Institute Honors LightBridge Hospice Founder Jill Mendlen, RN

Jan. 5, 2020 (SAN DIEGO) – A longtime nurse, hospice innovator, and nationally recognized leader in improving care for people with serious illness has been named the 2019 recipient of the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing Palliative Care.

Jill Mendlen, RN, will be presented with the award on Jan. 8, 2020, during a ceremony on the campus of California State University San Marcos.  Mendlen is the founder and CEO of LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care and vice president of LightBridge Medical Associates.

Under Mendlen’s leadership, LightBridge was among the first organizations in California to add palliative care to their hospice licensure and, in 2019, was one of the first to earn The Joint Commission’s new Community-Based Palliative Care Certification. LightBridge also pioneered the palliative care/managed care space with HealthNet in 2016 after being awarded a California Health Care Foundation Payor-Provider Partnerships Grant.

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San Diego Healthcare Professional Scholarships Awarded

Palliative Care Training ScholarshipScholarships for Palliative Care Education Awarded to 13 San Diego Healthcare Professionals

Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarship Program Now in its Fifth Year

Dec. 12, 2019 (SAN DIEGO) – The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships for palliative care education to 13 San Diego area healthcare professionals in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

The Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition in any Institute course, and are designed to expand and elevate the delivery of palliative care throughout the San Diego region.

In the past five years, the Institute has awarded 71 scholarships through the program.

“It’s an absolute joy and privilege to offer these scholarships, made possible by the generosity of Darlene Marcos Shiley,” said Jennifer Moore Ballentine, Executive Director at the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care.

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$25K in Palliative Care Training Scholarships Available

Palliative Care Training ScholarshipPalliative Care Education Scholarships Available for Healthcare Professionals in San Diego County

Oct. 14, 2019 (SAN DIEGO) – To honor National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, $25,000 in scholarships are being offered to San Diego County healthcare professionals seeking high-quality, online education in palliative care.

The Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarships are available through the California State University Shiley Institute of Palliative Care to cover the full cost of tuition in any of the Institute’s palliative care courses.

Palliative care is a patient-centered, whole-person approach to healthcare that helps people with serious or life-limiting illness live well, from diagnosis until death.

The Institute’s online self-paced and instructor-led courses provide valuable continuing education (CE) hours for nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals caring for patients and families experiencing serious illness.

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