Our Beginnings

Supportive Care Coalition was founded in 1994 by three Catholic healthcare systems in the Pacific Northwest. From our beginnings, we have sought to lead the way in advancing excellence in palliative care through national advocacy, interprofessional education, spiritual care excellence, and the integration of Catholic teachings and ethical principles into palliative care practice.

Initially called Supportive Care of the Dying: A Coalition for Compassionate Care, the Coalition partnered in research and project development with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Last Acts National Advisory Council, and the Public Broadcasting Service to highlight the state of dying in the United States during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

In 1997, with six healthcare system members, the Coalition established its first Board of Directors and opened membership to Catholic healthcare systems across the United States. Since that time, Coalition membership has continued to grow, even amidst the unprecedented changes in healthcare over the last decade. In 2005, the Coalition changed its name to the Supportive Care Coalition to better reflect our alignment with the growing palliative care movement.

Coalition members exemplify excellence in palliative care practice through their innovative program designs, commitment to fully staffed interdisciplinary teams, unflagging attention to the poor and marginalized, faithfulness to the inherent dignity of each human life, and a deep belief in the sacred nature of the ministry of palliative care. This excellence has been affirmed through our members’ numerous accomplishments including The Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care, the Circle of Life Award, and numerous other professional achievements received by the members of our Board of Directors.

Since 1994, Coalition members have established, built, and sustained interdisciplinary palliative care programs within their ministries across the United States as an expression of God’s healing love for all, especially the poor, marginalized, and forgotten.

The Supportive Care Coalition is the only national Catholic membership organization whose primary mission is advancing excellence in palliative care. With 16 health system and ministry members, we serve patients and families across the continuum of care in 41 states.

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