By Audrey Haberman, CEO, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation For years, Sheri and Les Biller have championed the profound impact...
We champion programs specializing in addressing the psychosocial, clinical, and spiritual needs of their patients. Our deepest partnership is with City of Hope, based in Duarte, California. City of Hope is a world-renowned research hospital offering a uniquely holistic and multidisciplinary clinical approach to what has become known as supportive care medicine. Supportive care medicine not only ensures quality, evidence-based clinical care, but it also connects patients and their caregivers to comprehensive psychosocial services that help them navigate their treatment process.
We also fund a select group of community-based organizations providing crisis counseling and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
Improving patients’ quality of life, including end of life
Over a three-year period, supportive care interventions at City of Hope left a lasting impact on individuals and families before, during, and after treatment. Reduced days in the ICU prevent patients and their caregivers from experiencing the high distress often experienced during an ICU stay.
Opened in 2008, the City of Hope’s Sheri and Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center integrates all patient support services under one umbrella, and provides patients and their families a warm and welcoming private space to consult with medical staff and explore the many resources offered to strengthen and empower patients and caregivers before, during, and after treatment.
The Supportive Care Training Program has been presented to 36 institutions across 25 cities in six states and two countries.
The Harborview Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program was founded in 2000 as the sole provider of sexual assault forensic medical exams in King County. It now also provides off-site SANE services to Swedish First Hill Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Valley Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.