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Clinical Faculty member honored for bringing outpatient palliative care to Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 12, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

Darrell Owens, nurse practitioner and director of outpatient palliative care at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center, has been selected to receive a Sojourns Award from the Cambia Health Foundation (previously The Regence Foundation). Owens is a clinical faculty member in the dept. of BNHS. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in the field of palliative and end-of-life care. Owens leads the Harborview Primary Palliative Care Program, which he says puts UW Medicine “ahead of the curve in palliative care.” The award includes a $50,000 grant, which he will dedicate to that center.

The award honors exemplary leaders in the fields of palliative and end-of-life care and celebrate leaders in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Owens is the first nurse practitioner to receive this award. Last year he was named Washington State Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Read the full press release from the Cambia Health Foundation here. You can read a story about Owens and his work in UW Today.

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