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When a patient comes to Hosparus with a life-limiting illness, that doesn’t mean medical care is limited. What is does mean is that the medical care provided is based on the goals and wishes of the patient In order to achieve the best quality of life possible. This is an important distinction that patients and families need to know when choosing Hosparus. It is also the driving force behind our efforts to hire physicians with board certification in hospice and palliative care.

Hospice board certified physicians are specially trained to work within the interdisciplinary teams that include social workers, chaplains, nurses and volunteers for each patient. They are also trained to listen first to the patient and family before setting out on a course of care. For example, if one of the goals of a COPD patient who also has diabetes is to stay out of the hospital, then the Hosparus physician may review diabetes medication that can cause blood sugar to go too low and require hospitalization.

Board certified physicians in hospice and palliative medicine also have more experience providing advanced symptom management to better control anxiety, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and other complications commonly experienced by patients with serious illnesses.

Physicians who are board certified have undertaken advanced studies and training in a chosen specialty or subspecialty according to standards set by the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Hosparus currently has seven staff physicians. Six are board certified in hospice and palliative care and the seventh is working on certification as a hospice medical director. We plan to add two more physicians this year, one of whom is already board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, while the other is finishing a fellowship in this specialty, and will be writing his board exams later this year. This level of staff certification is quite a challenge since board certified hospice and palliative care physicians are in short supply across the United States. But this commitment is one we choose to pursue for the benefit of the patients and families we serve.
You can check on the certification status of any physician you currently see or plan to see by going to www.certificationmatters.org. It is a free service of ABMS.

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