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Helios Care honored by the John A. Hartford Foundation as a Silver Winner of the Tipping Point Challenge

Oneonta, NY— Helios Care was selected as a Silver Winner in The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge, a national competition focused on the submission of innovative initiatives that have made-or will make-positive, breakthrough change in the care of the serious illness. The Challenge is sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and The John A. Hartford Foundation. Helios Care was recognized as one of the top eight of the national applications.

Helios Care was recognized for its Palliative Care program, Choices. The Choices program is designed to help individuals with a serious illness manage their symptoms, increasing their comfort, and improving the quality of life for them and their caregivers. The program includes nursing and social work care, telehealth and 24/7 telephone support provided in the safety of the home. The Choices program is funded by The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and is provided free of charge to patients who qualify.

“We are proud to receive this honor from The John A. Hartford Foundation,” said Dan Ayres, President and CEO of Helios Care. “This national recognition reinforces our commitment to implementing an innovative population health approach which significantly improves the lives of our local community members. We are also truly grateful to The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCFH) for awarding us funding in 2020 to provide the Choices palliative care program benefitting our residents.”

“Access to healthcare in our rural region is a significant challenge, one the innovative Choices program was designed to address, said Gail Ciccarello, ACHPN, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. Care provided in the home not only significantly improves outcomes for the patients and decreases caregiver burden, but it is also the most efficient way to reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions.”

The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge is a national competition designed to catalyze the spread of skills, ideas, and solutions that will improve health care delivery for all people living with serious illness. The goal of this round was to catalyze innovation that will make positive, breakthrough change in the care of serious illness. The 10-month national Challenge is sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and The John A. Hartford Foundation and was open to all health care organizations, settings, disciplines, and specialties across the US.

“We congratulate each of the Tipping Point Challenge winners for their innovative and groundbreaking approaches to ensuring that older adults and others living with serious illness have access to the highest quality health care,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation. “Because of their work, patients and families will experience improved interactions with better-trained health care providers, resulting in better quality of life.”

About Helios Care

Helios Care, a nonprofit organization serving Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties since 1983, provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for children and adults faced with a life-limiting illness, as well as their caregivers and families. For more information, call 607.432.6773 or visit www.helioscare.org.

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. For more information, visit capc.org and tippingpointchallenge.capc.org, and follow @CAPCpalliative.

About Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/.

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