US and Tanzanian Hospices Celebrated for Outstanding Partnership to Improve Access to Care

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NHPCO | April 21, 2016

Global Partners in Care presents the 2016 Global Partnership Award to Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice and Shirati Hospital Palliative Care.

(Alexandria, Va) – Global Partners in Care, an affiliate organization of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, presented the 2016 Global Partnership Award to two organizations today at NHPCO’s annual Management and Leadership Conference, an event that brings over 1,100 hospice and palliative care leaders to the Washington, DC area. Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice, based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and their Tanzanian partner, Shirati Hospital Palliative Care were celebrated at a lunch attended by conference attendees.

The Global Partnership Award recognizes the exemplary work of one partnership that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and has significantly contributed to the sustainable development of hospice and palliative care through their Global Partners in Care partnership. The award winner is selected based on creativity in fundraising, partner collaboration, staff contribution and commitment, and community outreach and involvement.

“At Susquehanna Health, we are honored and thrilled to receive this award,” says Susquehanna Medical Director, Dr. Alexander R. Nesbitt. “The partnership with Shirati has helped us to be inspired and motivated in what we do and to think differently about healthcare, community, and community wide collaboration. It has also allowed us to engage many in our community in the importance of hospice and palliative care work here and around the world.”

“When we were seeking a partnership through Global Partners in Care, we requested to be joined with a program similar to ours – one that served a rural area and was faith based,” says Susquehanna Medical Social Worker, Allison R. Brion. “As soon as we learned of Shirati, we knew the partnership was meant to be.”

Shirati Hospital Palliative Care will receive a $500 award in addition to public recognition.

“We would like to congratulate Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice and Shirati Hospital Palliative Care for creating, building, and sustaining a successful partnership,” says John Mastrojohn, executive director of Global Partners in Care. “Both organizations have shown great commitment to their partnership and are doing phenomenal work increasing access to hospice and palliative care where the need is so great.”

Global Partners in Care’s innovative partnership initiative provides opportunities for U.S. hospice and palliative care organizations to make a commitment to support a hospice and palliative care organization in a developing country. A large percentage of the global need for palliative care is in low and middle income countries.

At this time Global Partners in Care has hospice and palliative care organizations within Africa as well as other countries throughout the world waiting to be partnered with an organization in the U.S.

To learn more about international partnership opportunities and other ways to support Global Partners in Care, please visit the website at


Anita Brikman
Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications