Posted on: March 10, 2015
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, and Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services with the 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards. The awards recognize an individual and an organization that are changing the way we care for people who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life.
Awards will be presented at the CCCC 7th Annual Summit – Palliative Care: A Call to Action – in Sacramento on April 14-15, 2015.
Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN
Seniors At Home, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Redwing Keyssar, RN, has over 25 years of experience in oncology, critical care, and palliative and end of life care. She is an author, a teacher, a national presenter, and a frequent contributor to the public debate about palliative care. In 2007, Redwing joined with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services to establish the Palliative Care End-of-Life Care Program (PEOL), as an expansion of its continuum of senior services. The PEOL is one of the only community-based interdisciplinary palliative care teams that functions under a social service model, as opposed to a medical model – and is available to anyone in the community, not just hospital patients.
Redwing has also played a major role in development of the California State University Institute for Palliative Care to address the educational needs of the current healthcare workforce as well as future healthcare professionals. Her book, Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying, won a 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) is committed to providing exceptional health care and expert resources as they care for the whole person and their family – body, mind, and spirit – through chronic conditions, illness, death and bereavement. NVHADS provides services through an array of preventative healthcare programs, targeted services assisting Napa County’s most underserved populations, and partnerships with other community organizations. NVHADS has increased the dialogue around end-of-life issues, improved patient experiences and outcomes, raised awareness and influenced attitudes about palliative care in Napa County. In their 36th year of service, they remain steadfast in their commitment to providing the most compassionate and professional care to those in need, and to continuing their community leadership role through education and innovation.