Allina Health advises others on developing LifeCourse-like care models for patients with serious illness

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 10/17/2017 — When the Center to Advance Palliative Care holds its national conference this November in Phoenix, Allina Health leaders will talk about how LifeCourse was created and positively received throughout its system. The Center to Advance Palliative Care has more than 900 member organizations and is the nation’s leading resource for palliative care development and growth.

“LifeCourse is a proven late-life supportive approach that makes a big difference in patients’ lives. Even though we do well in delivering hospice care at the end of life, individuals living with serious illness face challenges before then. LifeCourse fills that gap with whole person care,” said Paige Bingham, Allina Health Group director. "We help patients articulate what matters most to them and find community resources to support their goals. Research shows that with LifeCourse, patients’ total care costs are lower, but their care experience and quality of life are better.”

This year, LifeCourse received the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Citation of Honor. The award especially recognized the use of layperson care guides to extend important discussions beyond the health care setting and into the home. 

LifeCourse care guides visit patients in their homes to provide assistance in navigating the health care system and connecting to needed resources. They support in ways that might usually be the role of a friend or family member who could spend hours trying to learn about the healthcare system and community services to help their loved one.

More information about LifeCourse can be found at

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.