Our Mission

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care Provides High-Quality Education to Healthcare Professionals and Students, Builds Advocacy, and Promotes Research to Advance the Care of Those Living with Serious Illness and Their Communities.

Darlene Marcos Shiley

Making an Impact: Darlene Marcos Shiley

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care was launched in 2012 by several CSU system leaders and generous supporters passionate about improving serious illness care for generations of patients and families. Early visionaries included then CSU Board of Trustees member Robert Achtenberg, then CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) President Dr. Karen S. Haynes, the California Health Care Foundation, Archstone Foundation, Hearst Foundation, and San Diego philanthropist Darlene Marcos Shiley.

Mrs. Shiley’s impact has been particularly profound. Her commitment to expanding access to palliative care was inspired by her experience caring for her husband, Donald, as he approached the end of his life.

Mrs. Shiley’s total giving to the Institute and the CSUSM Foundation has surpassed $6 million, establishing her as the most generous donor in the university’s history. In May 2019, the CSU Board of Trustees changed the name of the Institute to the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care in recognition of Mrs. Shiley’s generosity and unwavering support.

Expressing Gratitude

We’re grateful to these remarkable individuals and organizations for their support and commitment to our mission.

Improving Palliative Care

Individuals and organizations committed to improving care and quality of life for people with serious illnesses have supported the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care since its inception. Their generosity has helped the Institute further its mission and create new palliative care courses that address critical healthcare needs.

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Alumni: Guiding the
Next Generation

If you’ve taken a palliative care course through the Institute, you are part of a movement to transform care for people with serious illnesses and their families. We are invested in your success! Stay connected with us for support, new practice strategies, special offers, and more.

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