Martha Barton was recently awarded the President's Award at the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care state conference.
Barton is president and CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care and is active in the community. She was a member of the Citizens Commission on Memorial Health System that studied the city-owned hospital's governance and ownership in 2010.
The award is given at the discretion of the Center’s board president to a person, program or organization working inside or outside of hospice and palliative care that advances quality and access to palliative care and hospice services for all Coloradans, Pikes Peak Hospice said in a press release.
Dr. Cari Levi, President of the Center’s Board, presented the award with gratitude and appreciation for Ms. Barton’s commitment and leadership in the revision of the Colorado hospice license regulations. Barton began her work in 2008 as chair of a state-wide committee of palliative professionals, hospice providers, and regulatory representatives. The committee’s charge was to update the state’s hospice license regulations in its entirety — the first revision since 1991.
The committee aligned the new license regulations to match Medicare’s Conditions of Participation. The completed draft is now in the hands of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The committee hopes to receive their “blessing” in the first half of 2012, along with that of the Colorado Board of Health and the Colorado Attorney General.
Earlier this year, Barton oversaw a new alliance formed with Penrose Hospital that added a new 11,000-square-foot hospice inpatient unit with room for 16 patients.
Pikes Peak Hospice has grown from one patient in 1980 to an average daily census of 250 patients per day today.