Introducing our new Medical Director – Kathryn Kolonic, DO. Dr. Kolonic is a native Oregonian, whose family has been in Oregon since the 1890’s. She focuses on patient-centered care and mutual decision-making, especially in the context of symptom management for hospice patients.
With the new Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation, it’s important for the physician and the hospice to understand the needs and care of the individual. The hospice appoints one physician to be the Medical Director and oversee the medical component of the hospice plan of care for each patient. The hospice Medical Director, and other members of the interdisciplinary team, must collaborate with the patient’s attending physician, communicating the patient’s wishes and status.
When is the Right Time to Refer to Hospice?
The earlier the patient is referred to and receives hospice care, the more opportunity there is to manage pain and symptoms, enhance quality of life, and provide support to their loved ones.
Why Mt. Hood Hospice?
Mt. Hood Hospice is able to do same-day admits. We provide quality care and have low staff-to-patient ratios. Our last Medicare Survey was in January 2016 – we were deficiency-free! That says a lot about who we are. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 503 668-5545 – 24/7.