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J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA, the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Seniors At Home, the senior care division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, will receive one of two 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards bestowed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), the state’s leading organization that champions the needs of the millions of Californians with serious illnesses and those of their caregivers. Ms. Keyssar, along with Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, will receive her honor at the CCCC’s 7th Annual Summit, Palliative Care: A Call to Action, in Sacramento next month.
A longtime advocate in the palliative care movement, Ms. Keyssar established the Palliative Care Program at JFCS eight years ago. The broad-based service, addressing the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of both clients and their families, is the only community-based interdisciplinary program that operates under a social service model in the state. (Most palliative care programs function under a medical model.) Since it was founded, thousands of clients and their families have benefited from its compassionate services.
In addition to her work at JFCS, Ms. Keyssar is a sought-after presenter on palliative care and end-of-life-care issues. Her book, Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying, won a 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. She also was a leader in the establishment of the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, which educates health-care professionals about best practices in palliative care.
“Redwing is a gifted healer,” says Roberta Achtenberg, a Commissioner on the Untied States Commission on Civil Rights and a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and an Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration. “She is also a leader. It is her vision that animates the CSU Institute for Palliative Care. We, who understand the importance of training the healthcare workforce, owe her an enormous debt of gratitude.”
To learn more about Ms. Keyssar’s award or the Palliative Care Program at JFCS, call 415-449-1294 or email RobertM@jfcs.org.