September/November 2006

Saint Francis in Grand Island Receives First Hackley Award


The Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives has presented the first John Andrew Hackley Memorial Award to Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb., for its end-of-life care project, A Supportive Journey Toward Dying. Three years ago, the Mission and Ministry Fund Advisory Committee established the John Andrew Hackley Memorial Award to recognize innovative palliative care projects. The award is named for John Andrew Hackley, a benefactor of the Fund and friend of Patricia Cahill, Catholic Health Initiatives’ first president and chief executive officer. Saint Francis’ receipt of the first Hackley Award was announced at the market-based organization chief executive officers’ meeting at the Catholic Health Initiatives National Leadership Conference. The recognized program, A Supportive Journey Toward Dying, is a collaborative effort by Saint Francis and 30 additional organizations in and around Grand Island. “A Supportive Journey Toward Dying is a very worthy recipient of the first Hackley Award,” said Tom Kopfensteiner, STD, senior vice president of mission ffor Catholic Health Initiatives. “It is an excellent end-of-life care program that brings together a true coalition of community organizations. They work together to change negative attitudes and behaviors surrounding death and promote compassionate support for end-of-life issues and needs.” A Supportive Journey Toward Dying has distributed more than 12,000 informational packets, generated inquiries from across the country and received state and national recognition. Currently, one of the project’s efforts is to encourage legislation that would enable residents of Nebraska to have advance directive designations placed on their driver’s licenses. These designations would help emergency personnel and hospitals provide the appropriate care for dying patients.