Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 3, 2012 – Dr. Alice Emery, Hospice of Michigan’s senior hospice and palliative medicine physician in West Michigan, received the Physician of the Year Award from the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or MHPCO.
The MHPCO “Dream Team” Awards recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service and a demonstrated commitment to hospices and palliative care organizations. MHPCO developed its “Dream Team Awards” to celebrate excellence in disciplines from physicians and hospice aids to bereavement coordinators and clinical supervisors. Emery received the award during the recent MHPCO Annual Conference.
Emery joined Hospice of Michigan in 2003 following two years of serving as a volunteer with the organization. In her current role, she provides direct oversight to approximately 120 patients in greater Grand Rapids and the Muskegon Lakeshore area. She also provides clinical support for the Ludington and Manistee communities. Emery visits patients and counsels families and caregivers in all of these areas, as well as consulting on and attending to patients in hospitals and nursing facilities.
Emery also serves as the assistant program director for the post-doctoral fellowship in palliative medicine under the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Michigan State University, providing instruction and mentoring to young physicians studying end of life care.
She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Butterworth Hospital, now Spectrum Hospital, in Grand Rapids. She is board certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine.
About Hospice of Michigan:
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan, or HOM, is the original hospice in the state of Michigan, and is the largest. The non-profit organization cares for more than 1,000 patients each day in 56 counties. HOM takes a leadership position in end-of-life care with innovative programs to enhance the quality of care for people at the end of life, education programs for physicians and healthcare professionals, caregiver education materials, cultural diversity programs for end-of-life care, and research and education programs at the Maggie Allesee Center for Quality of Life.
Hospice of Michigan was founded in1980 by volunteers. Today, the organization delivers care to a large geographic area that includes underserved urban and rural communities. With a mission to serve all who need and seek care regardless of their ability to pay, Hospice of Michigan raises more than $4 million annually to cover the cost of care for the uninsured, underinsured and for innovative programs.
Hospice of Michigan participates in the We Honor Vets Program through the Veterans Administration. Hospice of Michigan is accredited by the independent, non-profit organization Community Health Accreditation Program, or CHAP.
For more information, call Hospice of Michigan’s CARE Center 24/7 at 888-247-5701, or go to www.hom.org.