Our patrons

Patron: Sister Frances Dominica

Sister Frances

Sister Frances Dominica

In December 2011 ICPCN was delighted and honoured to announce that Sister Frances Dominica had agreed to become ICPCN’s first Patron.

Sister Frances, a trained nurse, founded the world’s first children’s hospice, Helen House, which opened in 1982. This was the beginning of the worldwide children’s hospice movement.

Sister Frances continues to contribute to children’s palliative care development through her writing and giving lectures and talks on the care of children and young people with life threatening and life shortening illnesses.

She is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Oxfordshire and has received honourary degrees from three universities. She was awarded an OBE in 2006, received the Woman of the Year Award in 2007 and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2012, by Help the Hospices and the National Garden Scheme.

Patron: Dr Kathleen Foley

Dr Kathleen Foley

Dr Kathleen Foley

It is an honour to announce that Dr Kathleen Foley has agreed to become a patron of our organisation. Dr Foley has dedicated her career to the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain. Among the first American physicians to focus primarily on the topic and current theories and treatments, Dr. Foley has defined pain syndromes and causes, developed scientific guidelines for pain management, and conducted pharmacological studies. Her work has made her a national and international advocate for better palliative care for the dying.

Dr. Foley received her medical degree from Cornell University in 1969, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her medical internship and neurology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and her fellowship in neuro-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Foley was the director of the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute, whose mission is to transform the culture of dying in the United States.  She has published more than 290 scientific papers and edited seven books. She serves on the editorial board or as a reviewer on over two dozen medical journals. In 1992, Dr. Foley received the American Cancer Society Distinguished Service Award. For her national and international efforts in the treatment of patients with cancer pain, Dr. Foley has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.


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