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

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

Dr. Douglas Kemme's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Kemme has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). He takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

UCHealth - Joseph 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 Loveland, CO and Fort Collins, CO. Dr. Lopez has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is professionally affiliated with the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

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

Dr. Helen Kilzer is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She works in Greeley, CO, Loveland, CO, and Fort Collins, CO. She is affiliated with Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, North Colorado Medical Center, and Banner Health Clinic. Dr. Kilzer is in-network for Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She trained at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Denver for residency.

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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.
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