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We found 5 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 medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Kemme trained at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver for his residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer and blood disorders. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kemme takes Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), North Colorado Medical Center, and McKee Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer, Hospice

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
608 E. Harmony Road; Suite 101
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Samuel Shelanski is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult hematology, and adult oncology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shelanski include stomach cancer, thyroid cancer, and thoracic cancer. Dr. Shelanski's professional affiliations include North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center. He honors Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Shelanski (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Helen Margaret Kilzer, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1001a E. Harmony Road; #509
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Helen Kilzer, who practices in Loveland, CO, Greeley, CO, and Fort Collins, CO, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She honors Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Kilzer trained at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Denver for her residency. Her professional affiliations include North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center.

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Dr. Julie Ann Devita Bailey, DO
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1212 E Elizabeth Street
Fort Collins, CO
 

Dr. Julie Devita-Bailey sees patients in Fort Collins, CO, Greeley, CO, and Loveland, CO. Her medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Devita-Bailey attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Banner Health.

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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 sees patients in Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. His professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) and Poudre Valley Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lopez is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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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.