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Yale Cancer Center receives $1 million for palliative care

December 17, 2012

New Haven, Conn. - Yale Cancer Center has received a $1 million gift from the Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation to support palliative care services, research, and fellowships at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center through its Palliative Care Program.

Directed by Jennifer M. Kapo, MD, Chief of Palliative Medicine and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Geriatrics), the Palliative Care Program focuses on symptom management and quality of life issues for adult patients with serious, chronic, progressive or terminal cancers at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of the Milbank Foundation and for their confidence in our vision to build palliative care, education, and research over the coming years to benefit our patients and their families,” Dr. Kapo said. “This gift will ensure that we have the resources needed to help train the next generation of palliative care physicians, and to provide for the palliative care and end-of-life needs for all of our patients.”

The gift from the Milbank Foundation will provide considerable support to build the palliative care training programs at Yale School of Medicine through the Milbank Foundation Fellowship Program and palliative care research efforts at Yale Cancer Center. Under Dr. Kapo’s leadership, the Yale Palliative Care Program will evolve into a model clinical program that provides world-class, comprehensive supportive and palliative care to patients and their families who face cancer and other serious, life-threatening illnesses.

The Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation was created in 1995 to realize Jeremiah Milbank’s vision of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. Jeremiah Milbank’s grandson, Jeremiah Bogert (Class of ’63), currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation. “My grandfather, Jeremiah Milbank (Class of 1909), was one of the great philanthropists of his time. We are proud of our historic ties to Yale and honored to follow in his philanthropic footsteps by supporting the Yale Palliative Care Program.” Mr. Bogert’s father, brother, and son, Jeremiah, Jr., are also Yale graduates (Classes of ’34, ’60, and ’89).

Yale Cancer Center is one of a select network of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute. Bringing together the resources of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and the Yale School of Medicine, its mission encompasses patient care, research, cancer prevention and control, community outreach and education.

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven is part of Yale-New Haven Hospital and is affiliated with Yale Cancer Center. Smilow Cancer Hospital, the most comprehensive cancer facility in New England, is a 14-story, 500,000-square-foot cancer hospital, which includes: 168 private inpatient rooms, outpatient multidisciplinary treatment centers, 12 operating rooms, infusion suites, diagnostic imaging services, a floor for children with cancer, a specialized women's cancer center and diagnostic and therapeutic radiology services for children and adults.

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Submitted by Renee Gaudette on December 18, 2012