Governor Engler Honored with Award from Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

September 23, 2002

Governor Engler on Saturday was honored with an award from the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (MHPCO). At its "Autumn Glow" benefit event in Lansing, the MHPCO noted the Governor’s contributions to end-of-life care throughout his administration.

"We are very pleased to honor the Governor, who has been so supportive of end-of-life care and made it a focal point over the years," said Penny Murphy, MHPCO executive director. "Because of those efforts, we’ve made significant progress in improving end-of-life care for citizens in Michigan."

"A society that makes end-of-life care services widely available helps to make Michigan a better state, a state exemplified by compassion, caring and a strong sense of community," said Governor Engler. "I am honored to have received this award."

During his terms as Governor, Engler has brought end-of-life care issues to the forefront, including the "Circle of Life" effort that focuses on preserving the dignity and rights of the terminally ill and chronically ill persons in Michigan; the Long-Term Care Work Group that improved Michigan’s long-term care programs and services; the defeat of Proposal B in 1998 that would have legalized assisted suicide; the Michigan Partnership for the Advancement of End of Life Care, a collaborative effort designed to improve care at the end of life; and the appointment of the End of Life Care Commission that made recommendations to improve humane and dignified treatment for those at the end of life.