3 Benefits of a Medical Director and Pharmacist
All hospices are required by the government to have oversight from a Medical
- Innovative suggestions about the comfort of our patients
One major benefit of having a Medical Director and Pharmacist on staff is having access to professionals with innovative ideas that focus on pain and symptom management, one of the main goals of hospice care. Our Medical Director isn’t in private practice and our pharmacist doesn’t have other patients at a pharmacy. This means their sole focus is on our patients’ comfort, oversight of their plan of care, and evaluating how their medications manage their symptoms. They lead conversations about reducing pain, monitoring dosing and medication interactions, and most importantly, improving quality of life.
- Caregivers have direct access to physicians and a pharmacist
Another advantage of having a Medical Director, in conjunction with a Pharmacist, is the benefit to our employees. Together, our physicians and our interdisciplinary team work to monitor pain, assess symptoms, and provide immediate recommendations in medication and care adjustments as needed. Employee access to real-time communications at meetings and over the phone, directly impacts our patients and improves their level of comfort.
- Patient-centered care
And finally, the benefit that ties everything together is the patient-centered care. Hospice of Southern Illinois’ on-staff Medical Director and Pharmacist’s only focus is Hospice of Southern Illinois’ patients’ pain levels and symptom management. This means a patient’s comfort is the number one priority.
If someone you know is not sure about how a hospice can help support them, give Hospice of Southern Illinois a call. As a local, not-for-profit hospice, we will answer their questions without obligation. Our program ensures the comfort, dignity and