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Dr. James Shaw honored for leadership in palliative care

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the June 10, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Dr. James Shaw (IR photo courtesy of Regence BlueShield)

The Regence Foundation – affiliated with Asuris Northwest Health, an Eastern Washington community-based, nonprofit health plan – has announced that James Shaw, M.D., director of ethics at Spokane’s Providence Center for Faith and Healing, is one of five physicians to be honored with its Sojourn Award.

The award is in recognition of the leadership given by the five physicians in advancing palliative care, an approach that brings holistic relief and comfort to seriously ill patients and their families.

Dr. Shaw said that he will donate the award’s $50,000 grant to Providence Center for Faith and Healing. Among other programs that support the role of spirituality in healing, the Center coordinates palliative care services in the Spokane community.

“Dr. Shaw’s impressive accomplishments, his compassionate and ethical approach to patient care, and his increasing influence exemplify the caliber of leadership we seek to honor with the Sojourns Award,” said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair.

An event in recognition of Dr. Shaw’s award will be scheduled for sometime this summer.

“I’m honored to receive this award and to be among the five who received it,” Dr. Shaw said. “The award came as a big surprise to me. I didn’t know my team had applied for it. I’m excited about the recognition this gives to palliative care not only in Spokane but all around the Pacific Northwest where Regence is involved. Their support has really helped to advance palliative care programs. Palliative care is a team effort, so I take this as recognition for our team here in Spokane.”

Dr. Shaw said that he expects the grant he donates will be used by Providence Center for Faith and Healing to “drive one of the pilot programs we’ve been considering in pediatrics and to help provide further education.”

Dr. James Shaw has been certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine since 2005. In 2007, he founded the palliative care program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His influence is far wider than Spokane, however, as he helps to create an integrated palliative care service throughout the network of Catholic hospitals and medical facilities from Alaska to California.


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