The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Our Organization

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The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) is committed to transforming healthcare and relieving suffering by improving the quality and accessibility of palliative care. Located on the campus of San Diego Hospice since its founding as the Center for Palliative Studies in 1989, IPM has achieved international recognition for its innovative education programs, patient/family-centered research and evidence-based advocacy.

San Diego Hospice was established as the original hospice program in San Diego County in 1977. Today, San Diego Hospice is one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in the United States. More than 800 hospice staff and 600 volunteers annually care for over 4,000 adult and pediatric patients and their families, as well as more than 12,000 bereaved clients. IPM faculty members serve on the hospice’s interdisciplinary teams, facilitating the transfer of critical knowledge between academic and clinical settings.