The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence offers support and assistance to the community of educators, clinicians and researchers with interest in palliative care. This assistance is provided through two cores and one program.







































The Administrative Core of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, led by Jimmy Hoard, oversees the Center’s coordination and development with a focus on achieving its goals and mission.


 Activities include: provide support for the Center’s Directors, faculty and staff who are part of the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations; facilitate access for Center members to grant and contract specialists to assist with proposal development and submission; and provide infrastructure and administrative support for Center activities.


Jimmy Hoard

Program Operations Specialist


Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Harborview Medical Center

325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359762

Room 10CT25.1

Phone: 206-744-5412

Fax 206-744-8584



Metrics, Quality & Evaluation


The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core is directed by Helene Starks, PhD  MPH with the goal of assisting and facilitating the evaluation of all Center of Excellence activities, including coordinating and standardizing metrics and measures and providing evaluation and measurement support for Center activities.  The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core supports the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations through defining, collecting and analyzing data and metrics examining the impact of palliative care on patients, families, providers, trainees and UW medicine as a health system.


Helene Starks, PhD MPH

Associate Professor

University of Washington, Dept. of Bioethics and Humanities

Box 357120, Seattle, WA 98195-7120

Phone: 206-543-9724


Pilot Grants

The Pilot Grant Program will provide financial and administrative support for post-graduate and junior faculty conducting pilot and feasibility studies to generate preliminary data for larger grant proposals.


The Center is not yet accepting applications, but will announce the application process in 2014.

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