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Sincera Becomes First Home-Based Palliative Care Program in Ohio to Receive Certification from The Joint Commission

Published Friday, April 28, 2017

SinceraTM Supportive Care and Symptom Relief has recently become the first community-based palliative care program in Ohio to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®.

Formed in 2008 to improve quality of life for those in our community with serious illness, the specialized palliative care program focuses on pain and symptom management for those experiencing discomfort due to serious illness or the side effects of treatment.

The Joint Commission evaluated every aspect of the Sincera program, from compliance and customized care plans to its interdisciplinary care team. After a rigorous four-day review, certification was awarded for a three-year period and signifies Sincera’s commitment to quality and safety of services.

Says Katie Perkins, Director of Palliative Care for Sincera, “Having been the first service of its kind in the Toledo area, this certification recognizes our hard work over the past nine years and it validates for our referrers, patients and families that we also deliver the very best care.” 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, neurological disorders or dementia. It can be provided at any stage in an illness, whether the patient is expecting a full recovery or continues to decline.

Provided in partnership with a patient’s own physician, the over-arching goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from pain and other debilitating symptoms, as well as the stresses often associated with serious illness. In addition, patients and families are given ample opportunity to discuss their health concerns and to better understand what to expect, and how to make informed decisions about their goals of care.

Though palliative care is provided in a variety of settings, Sincera’s community-based team – which includes a physician, advanced practice nurses, a social worker and chaplains – works with a patient’s physician to provide an extra layer of support right in the patient’s own home.

To learn more about Sincera, visit sinceracare.org. To learn more about The Joint Commission, visit jointcommission.org.

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