ATLANTA (November 10, 2016) | Sen. Renee Unterman (R– Buford) was sworn in as a member of the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council this morning.
“It is an honor serve on this council and to join such an esteemed group of individuals,” said Sen. Unterman. “I look forward to working with them to find solutions and best practices which will increase access to palliative care in our state. We must do all we can to alleviate suffering and pain for our citizens. Providing quality palliative care will ensure that all of our citizens can live the best quality of life they can.”
The Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council was created by the passage of House Bill 509 during the 2016 legislative session. The goal of the nine member council is to review and study ways to improve quality and delivery of patient centered and family focused palliative care in Georgia. They will work with the Department of Community Health (DCH) and advise them on what improvements can be made to the establishment, maintenance and operation of palliative care initiatives around the state. The council will also oversee the implantation of a state-wide Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program by DCH. The council must report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and Georgia General Assembly no later than June 30, 2017.