Distributed February 17, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Scott Turner

News advisory

R.I. coalition will announce campaign to improve end-of-life care

A new coalition of advocates for improved end-of-life care has received a $380,000 grant for a statewide education campaign. Joan Teno, M.D., and colleagues will describe that campaign and the work supported by the grant during a press briefing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 100 Borden St. (see news release).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a $380,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a new coalition of advocates for improved end-of-life care is about to launch a statewide campaign. The effort will include consumer guides, nursing and pastoral outreach, quality improvement programs at 30 nursing homes, and implementation of quality-of-care indicators across the state’s health-care network.

Per capita, Rhode Island has the nation’s fourth highest percentage of elderly residents and leads the U.S. in the number of people who die in nursing homes.

Partners in the project include Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Aging 2000, and several members of Rhode Island state government. The partnership will be based at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research

Joan Teno, M.D., principal investigator and associate professor of community health at the Brown University School of Medicine, and colleagues from the University of Rhode Island, state government, and Aging 2000

Announcement of a statewide initiative to improve end-of-life care

4 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
100 Borden St. (on the north side of the Rhode Island Hospital campus)
(401) 454-7970


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