Palliative & Hospice Care

In 1997, when the Hospice of Oklahoma County merged its operations with a local hospital, proceeds were used to establish the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. At the same time, the organization created a permanently endowed affiliated fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support and promote palliative and hospice care in Oklahoma.

What is Palliative or Hospice Care?

Palliative care occurs simultaneously with aggressive or curative treatments, often managing symptoms that these therapies cause. Palliative care is not necessarily restricted to those patients who are dying.

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

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Khader K. Hussein Awards

This award program is designed to recognize and encourage graduating medical and nursing students who demonstrate an interest in palliative care and end-of-life issues. The annual awards are presented to a graduating medical student from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and a graduating nursing student from the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing, Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing, the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Nursing, Langston University School of Nursing and the Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing.

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Working to improve the end-of-life care and build awareness of hospice and palliative care options throughout Oklahoma.