Healthcare Professionals

Medical Director:  Frank Joe Rinella, HMDC, DO

Hospice Physician:  Kathryn Kolonic, HMDC, DO

Our Physicians 

Both Doctor Rinella and Doctor Kolonic have their Hospice Medical Director Certification. HMDC is completely voluntary and is an additional specialty that affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice practitioners. It signifies that our doctors are committed to career development and dedicated to patient and family care, the functioning of the interdisciplinary team, the sustainability and health of the hospice, and the credibility and profile of the field at large. 

Working Together

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?

We are a not-for-profit organization where our bottom line is you! Mt. Hood Hospice is able to do same-day admits. We provide high quality compassionate care and have low staff-to-patient ratios. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an information visit, please feel free to call 503-668-5545 – 24/7.



Mt. Hood Hospice provides the highest quality care to families coping with life-limiting illness, emphasizing comfort, dignity, and choice.

Physician's Referral Form

Referral Form – 

About Mt. Hood Hospice

Mt. Hood Hospice has been providing care and bereavement support to families in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties for 43 years. We are a not-for-profit, free standing, independent, community-based hospice.

Mt. Hood Hospice was the first free-standing hospice in Oregon to be granted Medicare certification in 1987. Since that time we have stayed current in compliance with changing CMS regulations while remaining true to our original ideal: to provide the highest quality care to families coping with life-limiting illness, emphasizing comfort, dignity and choice.

Because every day is a gift



We are a not-for-profit Hospice that provides quality care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones,

regardless of their ability to pay.

Living with a Terminal Illness

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the lives of those close to them are impacted as well. It's important to learn as much as you can about the illness. The more information you have, the more in control you will feel. Learn more.

What You Need to Know

Hospice care is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. You can choose your hospice! Every Medicare beneficiary with Part A entitlement has a Medicare Hospice Benefit allowing them services from ANY Medicare certified hospice. This is regardless of their enrollment in any HMO. We care for people in residential facilities as well as at home. Learn more.


Kind Words From Our Families

Watch this one-minute video testimonial and hear why families choose Mt. Hood Hospice.


We are certified by Medicare, which means we get  surveyed every 3 to make sure we are following all state and federal hospice regulations.


Time Of Remembering Event 

2023 Time of Remembering details are available.


Support Groups

Grief Support Contact

Registration is required prior to meetings. Contact Laura Lirette to register,

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