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Giving to Palliative Medicine

Thanks to the many partnerships across the health system and the Kansas City metro, our Palliative Medicine Division is dedicated to training and empowering leaders of the future, providing specialty level Hospice and Palliative Care for complex cases, investing in research to advance the field, and fostering important changes in our health care delivery system. Several of our programs and partnerships focus on the inter-professional team, training medical students, residents, fellow physicians, social workers, nurses, etc., across the spectrum of specialties at our institution, empowering them to compassionately and skillfully manage the tough situations and conversations they face with their patients and families. Thank you for joining us in support of high quality Palliative Care.

Karin Porter-Williamson, MD
Palliative Medicine Division Director

Palliative Medicine Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund provides support for the academic missions of medical education and research in Palliative Medicine, building the infrastructure for academic development and research innovation at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

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Palliative Research and Education Fund

The Research and Education Fund provides support to our academic outreach with medical students, residents and fellows. 

Patricia Hopkins Palliative Care Fund

The Hopkins Fund provides general support for the palliative care program including patient services, supplies, and updated furnishings.

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Sandra L. Stewart Palliative Care Education Fund

The Stewart Fund provides unrestricted support for the continuing education of bedside providers and palliative care staff.

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Allen J. Block Outpatient Palliative Care

The Block Fund provides financial support for a dedicated nurse navigator as well as support for patient education needs for the outpatient palliative care program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

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" I think the biggest diference I have seen Palliative Care make is the trust that effective communication and rapport building creates with patients, families, and with medical team members. We meet people at such vulnerable times in their lives and seeing firsthand how a calm, steady presence and willingess to walk with someone through some of the darkest places of an illness can really make a difference, earning their trust and hopefully making their experience a little less hard."

Ryan Westhoff, MD
KU HPM Fellow Class of 2012

Last modified: Aug 12, 2020
Palliative Care Endowment Contacts

University of Kansas Medical Center Endowment
Gretchen Hess
Development Officer

University of Kansas Health System Endowment
Courtney Johanning
Senior Development Director