We’re Hallmark Health System – looking for a Medical Director for our VNA and Hospice organization. We are a community health care system less than ten miles north of Boston. We are located in close proximity to Boston, some of the best beaches in Massachusetts, as well as hiking and skiing in the mountains to the north. Our communities boast excellent restaurants and school systems, making it a very attractive place to live. We are committed to building and sustaining a strong, vibrant and healthy community.
About the job:
We are looking for a physician who is licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in Massachusetts, and has the knowledge, skills, and interest in the medical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of hospice care. Board certification in Hospice and Palliative medicine is preferred. The position is part-time, 20-25 hours/month, salaried position. This position can be managed from a remote location, but some on-site work is required. The office is located in Malden, MA.
The Medical Director assumes overall responsibility for the medical component of the Hospice's patient care program and is a liaison with the medical community. The hospice Medical Director, along with the patient’s attending physician, is responsible for meeting the patient’s needs for palliation and management of the terminal illness and related conditions.
The Medical Director has overall responsibility for the medical component of the Hospice patient care program including, but not limited to, attending interdisciplinary team meetings and serving as the physician member of the IDT, assisting in developing plan of care for patient/family, and is a resource to other team members, with respect to medical management of patient’s plan of care. The Medical Director certifies (in conjunction with the attending physician) that the patient is terminally ill and completes all Certificate of Terminal Illness (COTI) documentation. The Medical Director acts as medical liaison with physicians in the Hallmark Health System and the community. Active participation in Hospice QAPI (Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement) is required. The Medical Director performs an active role in promoting Hospice and Palliative Care, including participation in program development specific to providing education to members of the medical community regarding palliative and end of life care.
Benefits of joining our team:
Physician mentoring and commitment to Hospice and Palliative Care
Focus on quality and coordination of care
Well established 34 year hospice
Joint Commission Accredited
Ability to work with the large diverse medical staff of Hallmark Health System
Licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in Massachusetts
Knowledge, skills, and interest in the medical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of hospice care
Ability to dedicate 20-25 hours/month, mostly remote but some in-person meetings required at our Malden office
Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is honored to offer hospice services for patients with life-limiting illness and their families. At Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, we provide care, comfort, compassion, and dignity to those we service. Our mission is to enable patients to live as well as they can when life expectancy is limited.
The hospice staff wo...rks closely with patients, families, and primary care physicians to define how patients define quality of life. Together, we put in place customized plans of care which strive to provide that quality of life for each patient’s individual journey. We respect and value patients’ beliefs and do everything possible to ensure patients’ desires are honored.
Hospice is not a place but rather a way of caring for and about patients and families. Through our hospice team, Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice provides a support system of medical, social, psychological, and spiritual services that promote dignity and affirm quality of life, no matter where patients call home- a private home, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living community.
Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice provides support throughout patients’ journeys and bereavement support for loved ones for a year or more afterward. Hospice is a federal-funded program and most private insurances and Mass Health plans provide some hospice provision. As an organization, which is committed to the communities we serve and deeply believes in the value hospice brings to patients and families, patients who qualify for hospice will not be turned away for care. .