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Dr. George Delgado

The Elizabeth Hospice appoints Dr. George Delgado as Chief Medical Officer

San Diego, CA – March 30, 2017 — In honor of National Doctors’ Day, The Elizabeth Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of George Delgado, MD, FAAFP, HMDC as Chief Medical Officer for The Elizabeth Hospice. Dr. Delgado succeeds Dr. Glenn Panzer who will now become Chief Medical Officer Emeritus and will focus more on direct patient care.

Dr. Delgado will oversee all aspects of the nonprofit hospice’s medical practice and palliative care services. Additionally, another of his top priorities is to improve quality of life for patients and their families by educating physicians and the community about end-of-life care.

“We often hear families and patients say, ‘I wish I had known about hospice sooner,” said Dr. Delgado. “Quality of life can be achieved by empowering both patients and their families.”

“Dr. Delgado will build on the foundation created throughout the organization’s 39-year history, to improve the quality of life for people of all ages impacted by illness, grief, and loss in our community,” said Jan Jones, President and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. “In his 20+ year tenure as a physician, Dr. Delgado has earned the admiration and respect from the patients, families, and clinicians he has partnered with over the years, and we are pleased to have his expertise and leadership in enhancing our services.”

Dr. Delgado received his medical doctorate at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Delgado is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and a Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. Prior to being promoted to chief medical officer, he served as associate medical director and pediatric program medical director for The Elizabeth Hospice. He has been with the agency for 11 years.

About The Elizabeth Hospice
The Elizabeth Hospice (http://elizabethhospice.org) is the region’s most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families in the communities we serve, regardless of their ability to pay, and providing specialty services such as Veterans Outreach, Palliative Care, Pediatric and Perinatal Hospice Care and counseling and grief support for all ages through its Center for Compassionate Care, regardless of the type of illness or death experienced. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org
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Hospice Volunteer Training – Two Days: May 22 and 23, 2017

Join our 39-year tradition of caring for our community as an Elizabeth Hospice as a Patient Care Volunteer. Sign up for our next two-day Patient Care Volunteer Training on May 22 and 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our CARLSBAD location.

Call The Elizabeth Hospice Volunteer Department at 800.797.2050 or email volunteer@ehospice.org for more information or to sign-up for the February/March 2017 training.

Our volunteers profoundly affect the quality of our patients’ and their families’ lives. By becoming a volunteer of The Elizabeth Hospice you can play a remarkable and enriching role in the lives of our patients and families. We currently serve communities within San Diego and Inland Empire. Volunteering will be in your own community. We offer comprehensive training taught by experts in the medical industry.

Spanish-speaking and bilingual volunteers, and Military Veterans are especially needed as Patient Care Volunteers.

In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Many think about grief as something that happens after a death – but grief often arrives with a variety of losses or impending loss, especially when one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.   At first, there may be shock or fear.  There may even be a curious calmness with the news.  But, once one begins to fully understand that the end of life is near, it is natural to begin grieving.  This grieving reaction is called anticipatory grief. Although different than the grief after the death of a loved one, anticipatory grief carries many of the same symptoms such as depression, anger, regret, guilt, even forgetfulness and fatigue.

It is important to accept this anticipatory grief response as normal and allow the feelings and expressions of loss and grief without judgment.  Although anticipatory grief is common with caregivers, it is also common with the person who has been diagnosed with the life-limiting illness – and there is support for both including support groups and counseling services.  Most important is to prioritize what things need to be done and what needs to be let go – in other words, say what is needed to be said, do what is needed to be done and make as many moments count with loved ones.

Remember, just like the grieving process, anticipatory grief is an individual process and it is a natural part of adjustment to living with loss.

If you or someone you know is living with a life-limiting illness, please know there are resources available. Ask your doctor about hospice care or palliative care services, or call The Elizabeth Hospice toll-free at 800-797-2050 or visit the website at www.elizabethhospice.org for more information.

By Donna-Marie Terranova, Staff Counselor
Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice