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Trinity Hospice, based in Dallas, TX, has announced that Sandra (Sandi) J. Petersen, DNP, APRN, GNP-C, its chief nursing and compliance officer, was honored as one of this year's recipients of the Heart of Hospice Award from The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The Heart of Hospice award was presented to Petersen at a ceremony during NHPCO's 22nd Annual Management and Leadership Conference in Washington, DC on Friday, April 20, 2007. The Heart of Hospice Awards were created to acknowledge outstanding work in EOL care. The awards recognize individuals who have attained repeated outstanding achievements within the hospice arena and have made contributions with impact beyond hospice.


Petersen has helped enhance the delivery of hospice care through the establishment of clinical compliance programs that have changed the approach for the industry and the hospice and assisted living organizations where she worked. Petersen commented on her acknowledgement: "I am privileged to be selected to receive this prestigious award and to be recognized by the industry for contributions made during my career. Hospice is a plan of care that is close to my heart, and each and every day, I get the opportunity to see the difference it makes in so many lives. I am pleased to be part of a healthcare offering that is so vital and reaps many benefits, particularly during life's most tender moments. I thank my industry peers for the recognition and honor."


The Heart of Hospice Award offers an opportunity to acknowledge a colleague who leads by example and reaches out to positively affect care and services based on the values of hospice. This is the highest recognition for hospice professionals given by hospice professionals. Awards are presented on behalf of NHPCO and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals, a division of NHPCO's membership body. The award winners are nominated from across the country and represent a wealth of EOL care providers, professionals, and researchers.


The NHPCO, based in Alexandria, VA, is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. It is committed to improving EOL care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for dying people and their loved ones. Trinity Hospice offers palliative care and support services to terminally ill patients and their families. The company operates from 24 locations across nine states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.


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