Lodi Memorial Hospital is seeking votes from the community to win a $10,000 grant for its palliative-care program through the Livestrong website.
The more votes that are cast, the better the hospital's chance to receive the grant, which will broaden the program that provides specialized medical care for patients with serious illnesses.
Palliative-care can be provided to patients at any age and at any stage of illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure, chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's HIV/AIDS or amyotrophic-lateral sclerosis. It can also be provided with curative treatment.
Staff of the care-giving team focus on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses of the illness.
If the hospital wins the grant, the program could be expanded beyond the hospital walls, said Carol Farron, spokeswoman for the hospital.
"Right now, this important program provides the support to just patients in the hospital. If we won the grant, we could go out to patients in their homes," she said.
Those who wish to vote, may visit vote.livestrong.org/vote2012/applicants/4-lodi-memorial-hospital. The deadline to vote is March 23.
Livestrong is a national foundation that looks at the experiences of cancer patients. It helps to find problems and develop solutions to help more people in more situations.