Michael Kaminski, President and CEO of Hudson Valley Hospice, and Albert Riddle, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Hudson Valley Hospice, has announced the formation of their new palliative care affiliate, Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C. The practice is staffed by board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals who will provide palliative care consulting services under the leadership of Dr. Riddle. Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C., is a community-based palliative care practice, which provides specialized medical care for patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses. Coordinated with the patient’s physician(s), palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis, and is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of an illness. Referrals can be made by calling 845-240-7557.
One of Hudson Valley Hospice and Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C.’s main goals is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. While many patients with life limiting conditions or chronic, debilitative diseases, may not need or meet the clinical guidelines for admission to hospice, there are patients who often have unique symptom management needs, and most importantly, have the ability to make choices for their health care. Dr. Riddle indicated that, “We have created Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices to meet this critical need in our community for patients who don’t need hospice care, but do need help dealing with a chronic condition or disease or a serious illness, and we are excited to be able to offer patients access to this type of care.” While the terms “Hospice” and “Palliative care” are often used synonymously, both with a focus on care and comfort, palliative care is specialized medical care for patients living with serious illnesses and can be provided along with curative and aggressive treatment during any stage of an illness.
About Hudson Valley Hospice
Hudson Valley Hospice is the premier provider of end of life care in Dutchess and Ulster Counties, providing compassionate care, programs, services and support to individuals, and their loved ones, who are faced with end-of-life situations. Its programs go beyond the government-mandated requirements of hospice care by offering Music Therapy, End of Life Doulas, Pet Therapy, Reiki and other Energy Therapies. Everything we do is geared toward providing the best quality of life for patients during their final months and weeks, whether they are at home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, wherever they call home. Hospice is a benefit of Medicare, as well as many insurance plans. Donations from the community to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation help to provide services to those who may be uninsured or under-insured. In 2019, Hudson Valley Hospice served more than 2000 patients and their loved ones. To learn more above Hudson Valley Hospice, please call 845-485-2273 or visit www.hvhospice.org
About Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C.
Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C, a palliative care provider, works together with a patient’s doctor to provide an extra layer of support, recommending treatments and services for symptom and stress management, negating the need for multiple trips to the emergency room or a doctor’s office. Its services are also provided in the home, in an assisted living facility, in a nursing home, wherever a person calls home to any person, at any age with a serious or life-limiting illness, or who may be experiencing pain or other distressing symptoms. To learn more about Hudson Valley Medical Health Choices, P.C., please call 845-240-7557 or visit www.hvpalliativecare.org