Regence Foundation accepting nominations for $50,000 cash awards in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington

The Regence Foundation, the corporate foundation of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, is accepting nominations for its second annual Sojourns Award.  The award, which includes a $50,000 cash grant, recognizes leadership in palliative care, a specialized field of health care that relieves suffering and improves quality of life for patients with advanced illness.  The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2010.

The Foundation is seeking individuals or organizations that are expanding access to palliative care in their communities, overcoming obstacles to palliative care, making a positive difference in unexpected ways, and sharing their innovations with the broader community. 

The Sojourns Award is part of The Regence Foundation’s Sojourns grantmaking program to promote hospital and community-based palliative care services.  Through Sojourns, The Foundation aims to help people with life-threatening and incurable illness to access quality palliative care in their own community.

For more information about The Regence Foundation or to make a nomination for the Sojourns Award, visit  Learn about the 2010 Sojourns Award recipients at