• Press Release

CAPC Announces New Grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation

Not-for-profit will be awarded $1,925,742 to improve access to quality palliative care

  • New York, NY
  • (June 10, 2019)

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is proud to announce a new grant to improve the quality of care for older adults living with a serious illness. Through the generosity of The John A. Hartford Foundation, CAPC will engage in four interrelated activities. This includes expanding access to high-quality community-based palliative care; improving frontline clinician skills through a national campaign and competition known as The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge; partnering with the American Hospital Association to drive uptake of palliative care in health systems; and, addressing palliative care financing and operational issues faced by Accountable Care Organizations and Medicare Advantage Plans through learning collaboratives.

“We are grateful and extremely honored to be awarded this important grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation,” said Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “This funding will allow us to exponentially further our mission of improving and expanding access to quality care for all people living with a serious illness, the great majority of whom are older adults. By scaling our proven solutions, CAPC can leverage the move towards genuine person-centered care in the US health care system and make the case that the quality of our health care system is directly tied to reliable access to quality palliative care.”

“CAPC has played a transformational role in our health care system by dramatically expanding access to quality palliative care for older adults and other living with serious illness,” said Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation. “With this latest grant, we will help CAPC continue its momentum and help health systems become more age-friendly by ensuring that all older adults with serious illness can get palliative care when and where they need it.”

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. To learn more, visit capc.org.


The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The leader in the field of aging and health, the Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit johnahartford.org and follow @johnahartford.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Mount Sinai West are ranked 23rd nationally for Nephrology and 25th for Diabetes/Endocrinology, and Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.

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