Saturday, December 4, 2021

Avow Ribbon Cutting




Avow will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lyon Center for palliative care, hospice and bereavement on Friday, January 6 at 11 AM on its campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane.

Hosted by the Avow Foundation, the event will feature special guest speakers Dr. Diane Meier and Dr. Sean Morrison, co-directors of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York. Avow leadership will speak as well as Thelma Lyon, who is a palliative care philanthropist and advocate. The center was named for the Lyon family. Thelma Lyon champions local and national initiatives that advance the comprehensive treatment of discomfort, symptoms and emotional/spiritual distress of serious illness.

Avow President and CEO Jaysen Roa said the new center was made possible thanks to the generosity of Thelma Lyon. “Thelma has been engaged in the national conversation about palliative care for a number of years and she is extremely passionate about advancing this new kind of care in our local community.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be tours of the new two-story, 24,000 square foot building which will serve as the new home for Avow’s palliative care and hospice clinical teams plus children’s bereavement. The center is located adjacent to the Ispiri community center on the southeast side of the campus and is the fourth building added to the 15-acre campus.

The Lyon Center was funded by donations from the community as part of Avow’s “Promise2Give” campaign. Its palliative care center provides comfortable spaces for patients and families to discuss treatment options with Avow’s palliative treatment care specialists. Patients and their primary care physicians then decide how to incorporate palliative care into their treatment plans going forward. The center‘s meeting spaces also can be used for training sessions and professional education on palliative care, hospice care, children’s services and bereavement.

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s non-profit hospice. Today, Avow provides palliative care consultations for people facing chronic or serious illness, hospice care and bereavement support services. Avow’s palliative care team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains and complementary therapists. The team helps patients and their families understand options for care and can coordinate care for patients who see multiple health providers.

For more information on Avow or palliative care, call 239-261-4404. Physicians who wish to request a consult for a patient should call 239-304-1600.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and emotional/spiritual distress of serious illness. Its goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Palliative care complements traditional medical treatments offered by primary care physicians and can be incorporated at any point in a serious illness.

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