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Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

American Hospital Association
Jul 24, 2024

The Circle of Life Award honors innovative palliative and end-of-life care programs of any size serving patients with serious or life-limiting illness that demonstrate progress in 1 or more of the following areas:

  • Advancing care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient- and family-centered
  • Partnering with payers, other providers, community groups, faith communities and others relevant to the community served
  • Developing meaningful measures and metrics to track organizational progress and/or advance the field
  • Implementing nontraditional models of care delivery and
  • Fully integrating palliative care into a system of care or a community
  • Making palliative care financially sustainable long term

Honorees are typically:

  • Emphasizing coordinated or integrated care delivery throughout all settings
  • Engaging underserved populations
  • Promoting palliative care in diverse populations
  • Using strategies for engaging communities
  • Creating partnerships with other healthcare organizations and practitioners, and initiatives within long-term care facilities

Rural organizations have received the award in the past. Awards will be presented at the 2025 AHA Leadership Summit, July 20-22 in Nashville, Tennessee.


All organizations or groups in the United States that provide palliative or end-of-life care are eligible for the award.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to 3 awards are presented each year.

Application process

A link to the application package is available on the program website.

Email completed applications to

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Hospice and palliative care

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