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Health Innovation Matters

Mar 25, 2019

Robin chats with Suzi Johnson, MPH, RN, Vice President of Sharp HospiceCare in San Diego, who won the 2019 Hearst Health Prize at the 19th Annual Population Health Summit in Philadelphia March 19. Sharp’s program provides expert palliative care directly in the patient’s home—prior to the patient having to go to the hospital for end-of-life care. There are distinct advantages to not going to the hospital, Johnson asserts. The goal of the Sharp program, she explains, is to provide a responsible transition for patients, sometimes called gap care, prior to either formal hospice or hospital care.