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Physician Hospice and Palliative Care

St. Charles Health System
Bend, Oregon
Closing date
Oct 2, 2024

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Hospice / Palliative Medicine
Full Time
Position Type

POSITION OVERVIEW: Hospice Physician works as a member of the interdisciplinary care team to provide comprehensive hospice services. The hospice physician role for the team is to provide palliation and symptom management of the terminal condition. The hospice physician provides evaluation and assessment of the health history and medical conditions to determine the eligibility and ineligibility of patients referred for hospice services. Provides initial and ongoing certification of the terminal illness. Collaborates with patient, families, and the interdisciplinary team to develop the plan of care. The hospice physician will visit patients, manage symptoms, complete physical assessments, perform face-to-face assessments, and determine hospice eligibility. The hospice physician collaborates with the patient’s attending and other physicians and providers as needed to maintain an effective continuum plan of care.

Palliative Care Physician works as a member of the interdisciplinary palliative care team to provide inpatient and outpatient palliative care consultations at St. Charles Health System. The physician role for the team is to provide advanced clinical expertise including prognostication, symptom management and assist with clarification of patient and family centered goals for medical care, as well as support for the advance practice nurses on the team in providing medical and symptom management. Will work collaboratively in the inpatient and outpatient settings with the palliative care team and all members of the patient’s medical care team to provide high quality patient and family centered care.

HOSPICE WORK SCHEDULE: Hospice clinic business hours 8 am to 430 Monday through Friday. Covering IDT (required interdisciplinary team meetings for the South and North Teams) on Wednesday and Thursday scheduled times.

HOSPICE CALL EXPECTATION: After hour clinic call (4:30 pm to 8 am Monday to Thursday) will be shared equally by privileged providers within service line. Weekend coverage rotation currently scheduled and shared with other providers for a 1:4 weekend ratio (Weekend coverage 4:30 pm Friday to 8 am Monday)

HOSPICE WORK LOCATION(S): Primary work location will be St. Charles Hospice Bend and Prineville offices with patient visits scheduled within the coverage area. (Coverage of additional work locations may be requested as needed)

PALLIATIVE CARE WORK SCHEDULE: Patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings providing consultations as requested and scheduled, availability expected between 7am-6pm with after hours and weekend call coverage by phone shared equitably among privileged providers within service line.

PALLIATIVE CARE WORK LOCATIONS: Primarily Bend and Redmond St. Charles Campuses, but can include locations throughout Central Oregon, which will be arranged for provider efficiency to every extent possible, including via telemedicine.

DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: St. Charles Hospice provides end of life care services to patients and their families. Hospice addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patient and family from admission through bereavement utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to care that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, chaplains, aide’s, social workers, volunteers and counselors.

The St. Charles Advanced Illness Management Palliative Care Program is an interdisciplinary team including physician, nursing, social work, and spiritual care providers, working collaboratively to provide consultative services at St. Charles Health System hospitals and clinics and other locations within the Central Oregon area. The Palliative Care team endeavors to provide high level communication and compassion as well as expert symptom management, emotional and spiritual and psychosocial support for patients and their families coping with serious, life-limiting illness



  • Board Certification or Eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school.

  • Successful completion of an accredited residency program in Physician’s chosen specialty (ies).

  • Successful completion of additional educational programs necessary to enable Physician to acquire and maintain privileges to perform the range of services contemplated. This includes board eligibility/certification in the specialty being practiced.

  • Complete annual fire/safety, etc. education in-services as required.

  • Attend mandatory educational offerings as described in SCHS policies/procedures and/or as required by other regulatory bodies.

  • Complete annual CME as required to maintain license and appropriate Board certification.

  • Complete in a timely manner assigned Computer Based Learning modules.

  • Complete annual fire/safety, etc. education in-services as required

  • Attends mandatory educational offerings as described in SCHS policies/procedures and/or as required by other regulatory bodies

  • Complete annual CME as required to maintain license and appropriate Board certification

  • Complete assigned Computer Based Learning modules in a timely manner


  • Fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine



  • Oregon license as MD / DO

  • Board certified or eligible in Physician’s chosen specialty. Those applicants who are not board certified at the time of application but who have completed their residency or fellowship training are required to become board certified within seven years of residency or fellowship training.

  • Unrestricted Federal DEA number registered in Oregon

  • Unrestricted ability to participate in Medicare / Medicaid, or other federal or state governmental health care programs.

  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to meet SCHS driving requirements.

  • Current BLS certification required.

  • If provider will practice sedation, moderate or deep, ACLS certification is also required.

  • Additional certifications may be required based on privileges granted to provider by Medical Staff Services at SCHS Inpatient locations.


  • Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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