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We found 3 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Fort Collins, CO.

Dr. Douglas Jerome Kemme, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2121 E. Harmony Road; Suite 170
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Douglas Kemme is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He is especially interested in cancer and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Kemme completed his residency training at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver. On average, patients gave Dr. Kemme a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer, Hospice

Dr. Helen Margaret Kilzer, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2121 E Harmony Road; Suite 300
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Helen Kilzer practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Kilzer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Denver. She is affiliated with North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center.

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Dr. Joseph Martin Lopez, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
1024 S Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Joseph Lopez's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; he sees patients in Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO. The average patient rating for Dr. Lopez is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.