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Member Spotlight: Trillium Institute

Holland Home is the largest provider of elder care services in Michigan, serving more than four-thousand patients every day. It is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, and in 2017 celebrated its 125th year of service. Aside from maintaining living facilities for the elder population, Holland Home also manages a wide healthcare portfolio, including a multi-county home care agency, a free-standing hospice unit, its own Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and a Medicare Medicaid waiver company. Moreover, it also runs Tandem 365, a multi-agency collaborative which works on chronic disease management in the community setting using existing providers and innovative referral structures to raise the standard of chronic care.

A critical piece of Holland Home’s portfolio is the Trillium Institute. Originally created through a contribution by a patient’s grateful family member, the Institute aims to raise the quality of palliative, pre-hospice, and hospice care through educational initiatives that include graduate, post-graduate, and lifelong-level learning tracks. Trillium supports a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine through Mercy Health Grand Rapids and participated in the development and successful integration of a palliative care module for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. The module mandates a 2-week clinical rotation for each student and will be rolled out this year.

Trillium also aims to ensure access to care navigation services, an underserved niche in Michigan. John Mulder, MD, noted that at the institute’s outset, there were 35 organizations offering such services in the area, with wide variation in services and effectiveness. Recognizing the power of the faith community in informing and framing community resources, the Institute has developed a lay advance care planning (ACP) training program that aims to ensure that in every community there are trusted individuals who are familiar with ACP resources and can help guide others in taking control of their care. The training is due to begin this fall.

Learn more about Holland Home and Trillium Institute; learn about C-TAC community initiatives here.

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