LAS VEGAS – Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced its Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Program has achieved initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Nathan Adelson Hospice’s program is the only Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship in the state of Nevada and one of only eleven in the country offering board certification in the specialized care of people with serious illnesses.
The ACGME is responsible for accrediting the majority of graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. This new accreditation now allows the program to accept both medical doctors (MDs) and osteopathic physicians (DOs) as Fellows.
“This is both an exciting step forward for our fellowship and a recognition of the quality of our program,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “This discipline addresses an urgent need. Both nationally and locally there is a severe shortage of hospice and palliative board certified physicians and participating in a formalized clinical fellowship is the only avenue to obtain certification.”
“In the past, highly qualified MDs wanted to join our Fellowship Program so they could become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care,” said Program Director Catrisha Cabanilla-Del Mundo, DO. “Our new accreditation now allows them to join osteopathic physicians in training for the important medical specialty.”
About The Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Program
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses that provides relief from symptoms, pain, and stress – no matter the diagnosis. Nathan Adelson Hospice, in conjunction with the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program and Touro University, provides a Fellowship program in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. The program offers a humanistic, holistic, evidence-based education for graduate physicians seeking skill, competence, and certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an inpatient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.
The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org