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Partners that share our vision and help Agrace improve quality of life throughout serious illness.
On April 19, 2016, Agrace joined an affiliation with two major health systems in southern Wisconsin, UW Health and UnityPoint Health. The goal of the agreement is to collaborate to more effectively serve patients’ needs at the end of life—which clearly aligns with Agrace’s mission and vision. UW Health and UnityPoint are committing to let Agrace lead the way in hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve by collaborating, rather than competing.
The affiliation also gives our clinical leaders a chance to work together with UW Health and UnityPoint to help make palliative care and hospice services a more common part of patients’ care planning.
We continue to be a choice for everyone in southern Wisconsin who is struggling with serious illness, including patients from SSM clinics, SSM—St. Mary’s hospitals in Madison and Janesville, and St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.
Agrace is a founding member of the Wisconsin Hospice & Palliative Care Collaborative (WHPCC)—a partnership of Wisconsin’s five leading nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations: Agrace, Hospice Alliance, Rainbow Hospice Care, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Unity Hospice. Together, these hospices serve a geography where nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin’s 5.8 million people live.
WHPCC is a strategic partnership focused on enhancing access to quality care for chronically and seriously ill patients in an era marked by rapidly changing reimbursement structures. Over the past decade, the strategic partnership has enabled members to standardize best practices including eligibility and relatedness determinations, documentation, quality benchmarking, diversity and inclusion, staff education and volunteer management. The Collaborative’s innovations have improved the quality of hospice and palliative care throughout the state of Wisconsin while delivering cost savings to the market. WHPCC is formally incorporated as a 501c3 organization.
Agrace is a member of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), a collaborative of non-profit, community-integrated, hospice and palliative care providers from across the country who play a unique role as a crucial safety net for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the communities we serve.
NPHI members are committed to improving upon current best practices in hospice delivery and applying hospice principles throughout the care continuum. NPHI is distinguished through innovative partnerships aimed to positively impact care for Americans with advancing serious illness. A key focus of NPHI is to stand as leaders in the provision of the highest quality hospice care, to document that leadership through gathering and disseminating data on quality and value, and to set the standard for excellence nationwide.
The Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Association (WiHPCA) is the only association representing hospice and palliative care providers in the state of Wisconsin. WiHPCA works to provide its members with vocation-specific education and networking opportunities as well as a voice for hospice patients and providers. The organization is committed to ensuring optimal outcomes and growing access to care for individuals facing life-limiting illness by supporting provider members with advocacy, education, strategic partnerships, and community support.
Agrace relies on a variety of community partnerships to help us connect with prospective patients and their families, as well as to provide excellent care once patients enroll in our services. These partners include other health care providers who refer patients to Agrace, as well as organizations that provide long-term care, residential services and other support services.
Click here to see lists of some of the key partners in the areas we serve–organizations that share our vision and help Agrace extend excellent care to those living in our community.