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Medical school award named after Del. Douglas

September 27, 2002

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Vicki V. Douglas Award has been established at the West Virginia University School of Medicine for the graduating medical student each year who has most demonstrated exemplary compassion for dying patients and outstanding knowledge and skills in palliative care, according to a news release.

Douglas, D-Berkeley, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates since 1990, was honored by the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care at a statewide meeting Sept. 11. She was the lead sponsor of numerous bills that have subsequently became law relating to advance directives and pain management, the news release said.

Douglas is not seeking re-election this year.

The meeting, "A Legacy of Advances in End-of-Life Care," marked the inaugural event for the new West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care. The event celebrated the collaboration of state government, health care providers, hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, and the public to improve end-of-life care for West Virginians.

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"More than any other member of the legislature, Del. Douglas championed the cause of improved end-of-life care in West Virginia," said Alvin C. Moss M.D., professor of medicine at West Virginia University and director of the WVU Center for Health Ethics and Law.

The new West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care is a resource for the public and health care professionals and is working to ensure that all West Virginians receive excellent care at the end of life. The public may contact the center for living will and medical power of attorney forms, and other information about end-of-life care in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care's toll-free number is 1-877-209-8086. Information also is available on the center's Web site at www.wvinitiative.org.

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