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May 2004 Issue

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UC Family Medicine Receives Grant for Home/Hospice Care

Published May 2004

The UC Department of Family Medicine has received a grant from the Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust to implement a program in home/hospice care for family practice residents. The project's goal is to teach residents how to provide high quality home care to homebound and terminally ill patients.

The program will enable many of these patients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than be forced to go to nursing homes. Such training is critical as the baby boomers age and the number of homebound and terminally ill patients increases. VITAS, a local hospice organization, directed by Harry Davin, MD, will participate in the training. The project has also received generous support from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the Donald Reynolds Foundation. Drs. Doug Smucker and Orson Austin, associate professors of Family Medicine, are the project's co-directors.

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