Facts & Figures - Life-and-death matter
Year the word "palliative" (meaning "that relieves the symptoms of a disease or condition without dealing with the underlying cause") was first used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary
Year of the founding, by Dr. Cicely Saunders, an English physician and nurse, of the world's first hospice
Year the phrase "palliative care" (meaning "care for the terminally ill and their families") was first used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary
Year Dame Cicely Saunders was knighted by the British Empire
Year Dr. Ira Byock was named director of palliative care at DHMC
Number of deaths in New Hampshire in 2001
Number of new patients receiving palliative care at DHMC in 2002
Number of new patients receiving palliative care at DHMC in 2006
Percentage of U.S. hospitals with a palliative-care program in 2006
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