Delaware Hospice physicians earn certification

February 22, 2011

Delaware Hospice recently announced three physicians on its staff earned board certification in hospice and palliative medicine: Dr. Andrew Himelstein, medical director; Dr. Cynthia Short; and Dr. Scott Hammer.


The American Board of Medical Specialties approved the creation of hospice and palliative medicine as a subspecialty just a few years ago.  "Providing certification in hospice and palliative medicine offers another dimension to the career paths of emerging and established physicians,” said Ronald Schonwetter, president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  “It also opens a dialogue for improving how hospices, hospitals and nursing homes care for patients with chronic progressive illnesses, as well as those near the end of life."

In addition, Short recently completed a one-year fellowship in hospice of palliative medicine at the Hospice of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pa.

Recognized for its quality of hospice care, Delaware Hospice encourages individual competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.  Hospice certification is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a standard of knowledge in the specialty.  Hospice-certified staff serves to raise the quality of care provided as clinical staff members deal with the unique demands of hospice care, including team work, communication, and understanding the needs of patients and families.


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