Donor gives $3 million for end-of-life initiative

Hospice to create research institute

Hospice of Michigan will develop a research institute to study end-of-life care issues, funded by a $3 million gift from an anonymous southeast Michigan donor.

The Institute for Care at the End of Life will support research and education aimed at improving care for terminally ill people and their caregivers. It also will research quality-of-life issues faced by older people, identify ways they can live fully through the end of life, and educate them on how to plan for their own end-of-life care.

"This new research facility will be a welcome addition to Michigan. End-of-life issues will continue to be a major focus in health care, and the institute will add immeasurably to their study," said Gov. John Engler.

"Already a leader in hospice care, Hospice of Michigan’s new research institute will keep Michigan at the forefront of offering compassionate care to the dying," he said.

Bringing experts together

Hospice of Michigan’s new headquarters will be located in Southfield near a number of health care institutions, including the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, and Henry Ford Hospital.

"We hope the institute will be a place where end-of-life researchers from other institutions will come together to exchange ideas, to move the care of the dying to the forefront, and increase our ability to collaborate with educational institutions," said Dorothy E. Deremo, Hospice of Michigan president and chief executive officer.

Hospice of Michigan has other end-of-life research projects, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Palliative Care Project with the University of Michigan, which focuses on the benefits of providing comfort care along with traditional treatments for patients with cancer and heart disease, and the Telehospice Project with Michigan State University, which uses video-telecommunication to connect patients and their hospice care team.