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We found 5 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Hershey, PA.

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Dr. Margaret Kreher, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Margaret Kreher is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Hershey, PA. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kreher is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of George Washington University Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kreher include: Physician Champion for HMC Magnet designation award; Distinguished Physician Educator Award; and Excellence in Teaching - Penn State College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Amy Westcott is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She works in Hershey, PA. She is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Westcott takes. She studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Westcott completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Dr. Michelle Cynthia Freeman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Michelle Freeman practices pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric hospital medicine. Dr. Freeman is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Susan Anne Glod, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Susan Glod is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Glod trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for her residency. She is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Kristina B Newport, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
500 University Drive; H088
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Kristina Newport is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. She is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Newport completed a residency program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Newport takes.

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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.