Indianapolis, March 9, 2011 – The Wishard Foundation announced today that it has received a $500,000 grant from The Glick Fund to aid in the care and comfort of patients who face a life-threatening illness.
The grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, will be paid out over the course of five years. The funds have helped establish the Marilyn K. Glick Fellowship in Palliative Medicine at Wishard Health Services and Indiana University School of Medicine. The Glick family has continuously been among the leading contributors to humanitarian efforts across the state of Indiana.
Dr. Gregory P. Gramelspacher, director of the Palliative Care Program at Wishard and professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, said that the IU School of Medicine Palliative Care Fellowship helps to educate physicians on how to provide exceptional care to the seriously ill patients, molding them to become experts within the field of palliative medicine.
“Prior to starting our program, I witnessed too many patients die in pain, alone or forgotten,” said Dr. Gramelspacher. “I learned that it doesn’t have to be that way, even for the dying poor. We can – we have – made it better. Our work is a labor of love.”
The fellowship program is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is one of 73 fellowships nationwide bearing this accreditation. Since its inception in 2005, the IUSM Palliative Medicine Fellowship has educated six physicians in this emerging medical specialty. In addition, Wishard’s Palliative Care program has won national awards, including the Jim Wright Vulnerable Populations Award from the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health